Action for Children welcomes Duchess of Cambridge as new patron

Earlier this week Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen would be standing down as patron of 16 charities, including AfC, Barnardo's and the NSPCC

The duchess visits Action for Children
The duchess visits Action for Children

The Duchess of Cambridge will replace the Queen as patron of Action for Children, the charity has announced.

Buckingham Palace said this week that the Queen would relinquish her patronage of 16 charities, including Action for Children, Barnardo’s and the NSPCC, to be replaced by other members of the royal family.

Action for Children said in a statement yesterday that the Duchess of Cambridge had visited two of the charity’s services in Birmingham in February 2015.

Sir Tony Hawkhead, chief executive of Action for Children, said: "The duchess has an interest in many of the issues our teams deal with across the UK, particularly around emotional wellbeing and mental health.

"On behalf of the 390,000 children and families we help, our supporters, trustees and staff, I offer a warm welcome to the Duchess of Cambridge as our new royal patron."

The Queen became patron of the National Children’s Home, now Action for Children, in 1967.

She hosted a reception at Hillsborough Castle in 2010 to mark 10 years of the charity’s work in Northern Ireland.

Barnardo’s announced earlier this week that the Duchess of Cornwall would replace the Queen as its royal patron.

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