The Duchess of Cambridge has taken on two new Patronages this morning ahead of a day of engagements at the respective organisations.
The Duchess has become Patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and Patron of the Nursing Now campaign.
On Tuesday, Her Royal Highness will visit the RCOG, followed by a visit to St. Thomas’ Hospital where The Duchess will officially launch the Nursing Now campaign.
On her visits, Catherine will learn about the work of supporting women’s healthcare and global health work, as well as championing the professionals who work on the front-line.
At the RCOG, she will learn more about the college’s education and training programmes and global health work to reduce maternal and newborn mortality worldwide. She will also attend a roundtable discussion on tackling the stigma around women’s health.
The Duchess will also visit St. Thomas’ Hospital for the Nursing Now campaign as she becomes its Patron. The 36-year-old will visit the children’s ward before joining a roundtable discussion with nurses across the career spectrum. She will also give a short speech to launch the campaign.
Professor Lesley Regan, President of the RCOG, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that The Duchess of Cambridge has graciously accepted our invitation to become the RCOG’s second Patron, after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It is a great honour for the College, now in its 89th year, and its 16,000 members in the UK and around the world.
“We are very grateful to Her Royal Highness whose support will help to raise our profile as a medical charity that champions the provision of high-quality women’s healthcare at home and beyond. We know that maternal health and mental wellbeing is an issue close to The Duchess’s heart, as a young mother herself. We hope that this new relationship will build on our work to improve healthcare for women everywhere, and ensure that women’s views on the care they receive are at the heart of everything we do.”
Lord Nigel Crisp, Co-Chair Nursing Now Campaign, said: “On behalf of Nursing Now supporters across the world I am delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as our Patron. Our campaign aims to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nurses worldwide – influencing policymakers and supporting nurses themselves to lead, learn and build a global movement.
“We are delighted to have a Patron with such a strong commitment to nursing and a history in her family of volunteer nurses. We look forward to working with Her Royal Highness as we support nursing and nurses across the world.”
The addition of two new patronages means that Catherine is Patron of 16 organisations now. This includes the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the National Portrait Gallery, and Place2Be.