Duchess of Cambridge Adds New Patronages to Her List

The Duchess of Cambridge has today become Patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and Patron of the Nursing Now Campaign.

The two new patronages were announced ahead of Catherine’s visit to the RCOG and St Thomas’ Hospital today.

During both visits, HRH learned about how each organisation is supporting women’s healthcare and global health work and championing the professionals who work on the front-line.

“I am absolutely thrilled that The Duchess of Cambridge has graciously accepted our invitation to become the RCOG’s second Patron, after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It is a great honour for the College, now in its 89th year, and its 16,000 members in the UK and around the world,” Professor Lesley Regan, President of the RCOG commented earlier today.

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, who helped deliver of one of Catherine’s children, met with HRH and they shared a warm embrace during her visit to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Founded in 1929, the RCOG has over 16,000 members globally and works with a range of partners both in the UK and abroad to support the study of obstetrics and gynaecology and improve its science and practice.

The RCOG is a medical charity that champions the provision of high-quality women’s healthcare in the UK and beyond.

The Duchess officially launched the Nursing Now campaign during her visit to St Thomas’ Hospital.

Nursing Now is an influential global campaign intended to raise the profile and status of nursing and nurses worldwide.

The Nursing Now campaign will support more nurses to play a more significant role in health policy decision-making and encourage countries to reach the urgent health challenges of the 21st century.

The three-year global campaign is a collaboration between the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

Catherine has had the opportunity to see first-hand the result of front-line medical professionals during visits to hospitals and hospices, and through her work in support of children’s mental health and early intervention.

The two new patronages with RCOG and Nursing Now present a chance to highlight these critical professions, both in the UK and abroad.

Lord Crisp, Co-Chair Nursing Now Campaign, stated: “On behalf of Nursing Now supporters across the world I am delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as our Patron. Our campaign aims to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nurses worldwide – influencing policymakers and supporting nurses themselves to lead, learn and build a global movement. “We are delighted to have a patron with such a strong commitment to nursing and a history in her family of volunteer nurses. We look forward to working with Her Royal Highness as we support nursing and nurses across the world.”

Today’s announcement sees The Duchess of Cambridge patronage list grow to 16.

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