Kate Middleton Announces New Royal Patronage With Holiday Outing

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The Duchess of Cambridge joined children and their families to support her new patronage, Family Action, on Wednesday.

A new patronage for Kate Middleton just before the new year!

The Duchess of Cambridge is officially the royal patron of Family Action, a charity founded in 1869 that helps families in difficulty by giving them practical help and support. Kate took over the patronage from Queen Elizabeth II, who inherited the patronage from Queen Mary in 1953.

The news was announced on Wednesday when Kate, 37, visited Peterley Manor Farm in Buckinghamshire, England, meeting with children and families who participate in the charity's services. 

Kate went unusually casual-yet-festive for her outing, rocking a pair of jeans, brown hiking boots, a green sweater and a red puffy jacket. 

Kate joined families in the farm's Elves Enchanted Forest, where the children were making holiday decorations and eco-friendly reindeer food. She then joined families to pick Christmas trees for Family Action preschools. 

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Family Action supports families suffering from financial hardship, mental health and emotional well-being, social isolation, parenting challenges, domestic abuse, and substance misuse. 

This new patronage is very much in line with the other organizations the duchess represents. Kate is known for working closely with children and families and for highlighting mental health struggles. 

Kate previously visited the organization's Lewisham base in January 2019, where she launched the charity's national support line, FamilyLine. 

While Kate was visiting with Family Action, her husband, Prince William, is in the middle of his royal tour of Kuwait and Oman. It is the Duke of Cambridge's first trip to both countries. 

The duchess has already been getting into the holiday spirit, appearing in an upcoming BBC special, A Berry Royal Christmas, with William and famed chef and former Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry.