Our dear MIA Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has become Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust, which is the charity branch of the UK team’s bid to bring the America’s Cup to Britain, Kensington Palace announced today. The 1851 Trust was launched today in Portsmouth by Sir Ben Ainslie. Kate would have been there to launch the trust, if she had not pulled out last week due to her ongoing hyperemesis gravidarum.
This new Patronage “reflects [Kate]’s personal interests in sailing and in supporting children and young people to build their skills, confidence and aspirations.”
Of her new Patronage, Kate said:
- “I am delighted to be Royal Patron of The 1851 Trust. I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed sailing from a young age and I know it is a great way of providing young people with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence.
- “It is a hugely exciting time for sailing as the British challenger bids to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain. I am looking forward to being part of this journey and I hope that through the 1851 Trust we can engage and inspire a new generation into sailing along the way.”
This is Kate’s ninth patronage, along with her patronages of: Action on Addiction, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, The Art Room, the National Portrait Gallery, Place2Be, SportsAid, and The Natural History Museum.
Side note: of her nine patronages, Kate has made four visits this year to five of her charities: the National Portrait Gallery, the Art Room, Place2be and Action on Addiction, and SportsAid (the M-PACT visit is a dual program for both Place2be and Action on Addiction, so it involved two of her charities, but was only one visit).
Some background on the 1851 Trust (named after the year the America’s Cup was founded):
- The 1851 Trust, supported by Ben Ainslie Racing, aims to inspire and engage a new generation through sailing and the marine industry, providing young people with the education, skills and training to become innovators of the future, and stewards of the marine environment. The Trust will work with young people under 25 years old, from diverse backgrounds. It will be supported by Ben Ainslie Racing, the team to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain – a trophy that left these shores in 1851 and Britain has never won.
I hate to be rude to charities, but I would for once love for a charity to be completely clear about what it is they do, or intend to do. I get annoyed by the vague gloss of these types of buzzword summaries. It’s like all the summaries are the same: “Children and young people! Education! Diverse backgrounds!” Enough already, tell me exactly what you do and where the money goes.
This new patronage announcement would have had so much more impact had Kate actually shown up to launch it. Oh well, she’ll visit it at some point, right? I mean, if nothing else to get another look at Sir Ben. What’s the over/under of when she’ll actually visit? I’m guessing between 8 months and 1 year. So sometime late Summer next year. Oh wait! She’ll still be on maternity leave then. Okay, I guess it won’t be until 2016 then.