The Duchess also visited Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury, London, that promotes and celebrated the efforts made by artists and philanthropists at the Foundling Hospital in the area to help babies whose parents, especially their mother weren’t willing to bring them up and were ready to abandon their kids.
The Duchess of Cambridge just wanted to exhibit the principles which she has excelled in her work as patron of The Art Room charity and the National Portrait Gallery.
As the first children’s charity and first public art gallery in UK, the hospital took care of around 25,000 children between 1741 and 1954. The museum, with outreach programmes in schools, nurseries and Great Ormond Street Hospital, maintains the original charity’s founding principles to use art and creativity as a means to support and engage children and vulnerable families.
In March 2011, the Duke and Duchess set up a gift fund held by The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry to allow well-wishers who want to give them a wedding gift to donate money to charities they care about instead. The gift fund supported 26 charities of the couple’s choice, incorporating the armed forces, children, the elderly, art, sport and conservation. These causes are close to their hearts and reflect the experiences, passions and values of their lives so far.
The Duchess has a number of patronages: The Art Room, National Portrait Gallery, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice, Action on Addiction, Place2Be, Natural History Museum, Anna Freud Centre, Sportsaid, and The 1851 Trust. The Duchess is joint Patron of 100 Women in Hedge Fund’s Philanthropic Initiatives, along with Prince William and Prince Harry. In 2017, She became patron of The Lawn Tennis Association, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and Action for Children.
She is also a local volunteer leader with the Scout Association in north Wales.
In October 2012, the Duchess gave her royal patronage to the M-PACT programme (Moving Parents and Children Together), one of the only UK programmes to focus specifically on the impact of drug addiction on families as a whole.
In December, 2015, she assumed the patronage of the RAF Cadets for youths 12-19 years of age. The Duke of Edinburgh, who had been patron of the RAF Cadets for 63 years, formally passed the torch to her during an audience at Buckingham Palace.