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The Duchess of Cambridge receives patronage of the Royal Photographic Society from The Queen

The Duchess of Cambridge inherited the patronage of the Royal Photographic Society from The Queen on Tuesday.

“It is a huge honour to have The Duchess as our Patron, especially given her personal interest in photography,” says Mike Taylor, Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Photographic Society.

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Her Royal Highness attended her first engagement as patron of the Royal Photographic Society on Tuesday: a workshop hosted by the Royal Photographic Society and Action for Children, another one of her patronages.

The workshop, hosted by Honorary Fellows of the Royal Photographic Society, Jillian Edelstein and Harry Borden, taught the children skills in portraiture as well as using light and colour in their photos.

“Alongside developing new skills, the workshop will highlight how photography provides a universal language for young people to express themselves and release their thoughts and feelings,” per the Royal Family website.

“We know that photography and creative pursuits have such a positive impact for people of all ages, and we are excited to be working with one of The Duchess’s charities in support of their work,” says Taylor.

The Royal Photographic Society was founded in 1853, one of the world’s oldest photographic societies, with the “objective of promoting the art and science of photography,” according to the Royal Family website.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were the Society’s first royal patrons, and The Queen held patronage for 67 years before Kate received it from Her Majesty on Tuesday.

Previously, the Duchess of Cambridge was named an Honorary Member of the Royal Photographic Society in 2017, along with over 11,000 other photographers.

The Duchess has photographed her children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis on various occasions and released the photographs to the public in lieu of using a professional photographer.

The first official images of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were shot by Kate, while Prince George’s first day of kindergarten was snapped by her as well.

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