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Duchess of Cambridge receives new Patronage

The Duchess of Cambridge helped children pick out Christmas Trees during her visit. Photo: Jonathan Brady/Getty

The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise visit to volunteer with Family Action, an organization focused on providing support to families in need across the country. It was announced on the morning of her visit that the Duchess of Cambridge would be Family Action's new patron, a role passed along from the Queen who supported the charity for the past sixty five years.

Catherine partook in Christmas themed activities with children that included writing letters to Santa Claus, making hot chocolate and picking out Christmas trees. The Duchess focuses much of her charitable work on young people, specifically the importance of early years (ages 0-5).

The Duchess of Cambridge participated in activities with Children including sending letters to Santa. Photo: PA

Even though this was the first public appearance as patron of the organization, this is not the first public engagement the Duchess has done with the organization. Back in January, Catherine helped launch their new support line and she visited the charities garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in May.

Over the past several years, the Duchess has been working on an early years program that is expected to be launched in the coming months. Catherine has taken an active role in the research and implementation of the program in order to ensure it's lasting impact. She has implemented some of the lessons learned through this with her own children which include bending down to speak to kids at eye level, spending time outdoors and nurturing a safe and private environment to allow them to grow.

The Duchess met with families supported by Family Action during her visit. Photo: PA

The Duchess of Cambridge went on to attend the NATO reception at Buckingham Palace the next day. She is expected to attend the annual Diplomatic Reception on 11th December alongside senior members of the Royal Family. xx

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