The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle‘s royal patronages have officially been announced. Two of them have been passed onto the Duchess of Sussex from the Queen herself, and include the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The Queen has held these roles since 1974 and 1986 respectively.
She’ll also become a patron of animal organization Mayhew and Smart Works, which helps unemployed women regain the skills and confidence they need to return to employment. Each of the patronage are “issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare,” according to a statement released by the Kensington Palace on Thursday.
The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four organisations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare. pic.twitter.com/tU9QWDlPyH
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 10, 2019
“The Duchess is delighted to become patron of both national and grassroots organizations that are part of the fabric of the UK,” reported Kensington Palace. “Her royal highness feels she can use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organizations and, more widely, the sectors they each represent.”
Markle’s brand new responsibilities mean that we can expect to see more appearances from the mom-to-be, who is set to conduct public visits to each of the organizations during the next few weeks. Her first came on Thursday morning, when she visited Smart Works wearing a camel-colored coat from Oscar de la Renta’s Spring 2019 collection. She paired the look with a black Hatch dress and jewelry from Kimai for the occasion.