Duchess of Cambridge becomes new RPS Patron

25 June 2019

Society news

Today, Kensington Palace announced Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has become the new Patron of the Royal Photographic Society. The patronage has been passed to The Duchess by Her Majesty The Queen who held the role for 67 years.

The Duchess is a great supporter of the arts. She is a Patron of the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and has published many of her own photographic portraits of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The announcement was made as The Duchess visited a photography workshop for children – a collaboration between the Royal Photographic Society and Action for Children, another of The Duchess’s charities, which celebrates its 150 year anniversary this year.

She spent more than an hour with 11 young people from across the UK and with photographers Nigel Wilson, Jillian Edelstein HonFRPS and Harry Borden HonFRPS. Some of the children already have an interest in photography, whilst for many others this was a first exciting foray.

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RPS President, Robert Albright HonFRPS, spent time with Her Royal Highness discussing the history and current work of the RPS. Picture copyright: Rebecca Faith Photography.

Members will be able to read an exclusive feature about the event and the Patronage in our August Journal.

This is wonderful news for The Society, which has enjoyed Royal Patronage since 1853. It is a huge honour to have the Duchess as our Patron, especially given her personal interest in photography and we look forward to our continued relationship in years to come.

Picture copyright: Chris Jackson