Earlier today, Kensington Palace announced that The Duchess of Cambridge had become the Royal Patron of the Royal Photographic Society. She has taken over the position from The Queen, who held the patronage for 67 years.
To mark the announcement of her new patronage, The Duchess of Cambridge had an unannounced engagement in Surrey. She joined her new patronage at the Action for Children Warren Park residential home for a photography workshop. Of course, Action for Children is another of her patronages, which supports disadvantaged young people from across the UK.
The Royal Photographic Society was founded in 1853 with the objective of promoting the art and science of photography. Catherine, who has a long standing interest in photography and was made an honorary member of the Society in 2017, plans to use her new patronage to further highlight the beneficial impact that art and creativity can have on emotional wellbeing, particularly for children and young people.
The workshop, run by Royal Photographic Society Honorary Fellows Jillian Edelstein and Harry Borden, was not only to allow young people to learn new skills, but was also intended to highlight how photography provides a way for young people to express themselves, their thoughts and their feelings.
During the workshop, the Duchess and youngsters learned about the various elements of photography such as portrait, light and colour. Catherine also spent some time viewing photographs taken by some of the youngsters taking part. She seemed to take a particular shine to Josh Evans, who she was seen sitting with, as they spoke about their love of photography. The royal visitor also helped take some photos.
Nine-year-old Josh showed off his work to the Duchess, including a brown leaf in a puddle. “Oh wow, you’ve got a real talent there. That’s really good,” Kate said. “Do you like taking artsy pictures like that? I think you are very good, you should definitely keep it up.”
Josh has ADHD and suffered from behavioural problems; however, his life has been transformed after being supported for a year by a junior mentor provided by Action for Children.
To other participants, the future Queen Consort said: “Just look at everything around you. Maybe it’s in front of you, or far away but choose your subject and focus in on it.
“Get outside with your camera as well. George and Charlotte love it when we do that.”
Kate has shared some of her own photography in the past, including many photos she has taken of her children, such as Prince Louis recently for his first birthday. An exciting new patronage for a photography-loving Royal.