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Kate Middleton had a big announcement to make Wednesday, but it had nothing to do with a potential royal pregnancy. The Duchess of Cambridge, who turns 30 on Monday, named the charities she will personally support as part of her humanitarian work as a member of the royal family.
The Duchess' charities of choice come after months of research and under-the-radar visits to various causes around the UK. In October, she was named patron of her first charity, fittingly the one run by her husband and brother-in-law: the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.
On Wednesday, Buckingham Palace reps named the beneficiaries of the future Queen's philanthropic patronage: Patron of Action on Addiction, Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, Royal Patron of The Art Room and Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, London.
"Her Royal Highness's personal interests in the arts, the promotion of outdoor activity, and supporting people who are in need of all ages, especially young children," the royal's rep said, adding that they "complement the charitable work already undertaken by her husband."
Kate's interest in the National Portrait Gallery and The Art Room (an art therapy organization focusing on children and teens) isn't surprising, considering she studied art history at St. Andrews University, where she met Prince William.
Here's to Her Royal Highness' years of humanitarian work.