Announced just days before her 30th birthday, Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, has revealed the British charities that she will support in the coming year. It comes really as no surprise that Kate is putting her support behind charities that focus on the arts (she has a degree in Art History, hello) and children.
Kate will act as patron for the following British charities in 2012:
- The Art Room: A charity based in Oxford, The Art Room uses art as therapy to increase self-esteem, self-confidence, and independence in children.
- The National Portrait Gallery: Founded in 1856, The National Portrait Gallery features more than 160,00 portraits of famed Britons from the 16th Century to today.
- Action on Addiction: Action on Addiction is a charity that helps combat addiction through research, treatment, professional education, and support for those affected.
- East Anglia's Children's Hospices: EACH cares for children and young adults with life-threatening conditions, and provides support for their families.
- Scouts Association: A former Brownie herself, The Duchess will be helping with local cub packs and beaver colonies.