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The Duchess of Cambridge becomes Patron of the Foundling Museum

The Duchess of Cambridge has become Patron of the Foundling Museum – an organisation she is due to visit later this afternoon.

Catherine will visit the Foundling Museum on Tuesday afternoon to learn about how the facility uses art to engage with young people who have been marginalised by society.

The Foundling Museum commemorates the Foundling Hospital, which was the first children’s charity and public art gallery in the United Kingdom.

Her Royal Highness last visited The Foundling Museum in November 2017, a day after Harry and Meghan announced their engagement.

“We aim to inspire everyone to make a positive contribution to society, by celebrating the power of individuals and the arts to change lives,” the museum explained on their official website.

The children’s charity now operates under the name Coram and was established in 1739.

The Duchess of Cambridge is continuing a royal association with the charity that goes back to King George II and one of the people involved with setting up the charity was Master of the King’s Music.

King George V and Queen Mary visited in 1926, Queen Mary returning in 1936, with her grandchildren, the current Queen Elizabeth II and her sister the late Princess Margaret. The Queen has been back many times during her reign, the last time being December 2018 where she met amongst others 102-year-old Edward Newton who had been a pupil at the hospital.

Additional reporting by Jess Ilse and Peter Anderson