As of Tuesday, June 25, Kate, 37, will now be a patron of the Royal Photographic Society — a role Queen Elizabeth has held since she was crowned in 1952. Kate, who previously referred to herself as an “enthusiastic amateur photographer” will join Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, both of whom were the original patrons of the organization in 1853.
Since photography has always been one of Kate’s deepest passions, she chose to study art history at the University of St. Andrews. Coincidentally, this is also the same school where Kate met her future husband, Prince William.
“As a student at the University of St. Andrews, I chose it as the subject of my undergraduate thesis and photographs of children in particular, which feature prominently in the exhibition, are of real interest to me,” the Duchess of Cambridge once wrote for an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
Kensington Palace further elaborated on Kate’s photography skills and explained why this new role with the Royal Photographic Society will be a perfect fit. “The Duchess of Cambridge has a longstanding interest in photography, and her patronage of @The_RPS will further highlight the beneficial impact that art and creativity can have on emotional wellbeing, particularly for children and young people,” the palace said in a statement.
Unfortunately, William doesn’t share the same interest — or talent — in art. When he and Kate were taking part in an arts and crafts session during their visit to the homeless charity The Passage in London, William joked that he considers himself “useless” at doing anything artistic.
“My son knows I’m useless at this,” he laughed, referencing Prince George, 5. “Catherine is the artsy one.”
We can’t wait to see if Prince Louis also has a knack for art like his mama!