The extended British Royal Family joined Queen Elizabeth for a pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace yesterday, December 20. Also yesterday, BP announced that HM will be stepping down as Patron from 25 organizations, and handing them out to various family members.
Prince William drove himself, Prince Harry in the front, and Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte in the back to Buckingham Palace.
Kate wore purple with either a scarf or coat collar in black, and what appears to be her Kiki McDonough Morganite and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings.
Buckingham Palace announced that HM will be stepping down from 25 organizations and handing them off to various family members. You can read the full list of organizations here.
Kate will be taking on All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) Wimbledon and Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) for sure, but she may also take on Action for Children as well. Based on the patronages which we know have already been reassigned, it seems the list is in order of who is getting which patronage, which means Kate is most likely getting Action for Children as well. Kate previously visited Action for Children in February 2015.
Both AELTC and LTA released statements confirming Kate as their new Patron.
AELTC said: “We would like to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who will take up The Queen’s former duties as our Patron, and also recognise with appreciation the ongoing contribution of HRH The Duke of Kent, who will continue his long-standing role as our President.”
LTA said: “We are excited to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as our Patron from 2017, and wish to thank HRH The Duchess of Gloucester for her continued and steadfast support as she remains in her role as Honorary President.”
UPDATE: Action for Children has officially confirmed that Kate will be their new patron starting in 2017. Their statement:
- “[W]e are delighted to confirm that the Duchess of Cambridge will be taking over from her, becoming our Royal Patron in the New Year. Having visited one of our children’s centres in Sandwell in 2015, she is already familiar with the work we do and no doubt will continue the Queen’s great patronage work.”
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wearing blue, arrived together.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie arrived separately.