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Kate Middleton takes over Queen Elizabeth patronage to after 65 years

Kate Middleton takes over Queen Elizabeth patronage to after 65 years
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After 65 years of patronage with the Family Action charity, Queen Elizabeth is handing over the reigns to Duchess Kate. 

The Duchess, 37, visited Peterley Manor Farm in Buckinghamshire, England, on Wednesday morning for her first event as royal patron, partaking in Christmas activities with parents and their children. 

Family Action works to aid families facing difficult issues including substance abuse, financial struggles and domestic abuse. In a press release shared Wednesday, chair of trustees Mary Fulton thanked the queen for her “steadfast and dedicated support” over the years and expressed excitement to work with the duchess going forward. 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge helps pick Christmas trees for preschool as she joins families and children who are supported by the charity Family Action at Peterley Manor Farm on December 04, 2019 in Great Missenden, England. This is to mark the Duchess’ new patronage of Family Action. (Photo: Chris Jackson, Getty Images)

“We are (honored) that the duchess has chosen to support Family Action’s work,” Fulton added. “Her keen interest particularly in the Early Years fits well with Family Action’s provision of high quality perinatal mental health services, pre-schools and Children’s Centres across the country.”

Queen Elizabeth assumed the role as patron in 1953, taking over for her grandmother Queen Mary following her death that year. 

Duchess Kate, a future queen consort, assumes the position as her husband also begins to assume more responsibilities in the royal family: Prince William, 37, is currently on his first official diplomatic visit to Kuwait and Oman, representing his grandmother since Queen Elizabeth has given up long-haul travel abroad. 

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