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The Duchess of Sussex visits the Association of Commonwealth Universities

Earlier this afternoon, The Duchess of Sussex visited the City University of London to meet with members of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, of which she is Patron. The ACU is the world’s first and oldest university network, with more than 500 universities around the Commonwealth. Her Majesty The Queen passed on the patronage to Meghan earlier this month. Meghan attended a meeting with the Association back in December.

Today, she met with students from various countries who are currently studying in the UK and whose life has changed since joining the ACU. She also discussed the association’s involvement in helping disabled people around the world through scholarship schemes. VIDEO



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The Duchess of Sussex visits the National Theatre

Earlier today, Meghan visited her third patronage, The National Theatre, located in South Bank, London. The patronage was passed on to Meghan earlier this month by Her Majesty The Queen (who kept it for 45 years). During the visit, the Duchess revealed she visited the organisation before Christmas last year.
Meghan watched a performance by the schoolchildren of Edith Neville Primary School (which she’d already seen the last time she was there) and a run of the first Public Arts production of Sheakspeare’s play Pericles. She also met with some of the theatre’s current and former apprentices before departing. VIDEOVIDEO


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The Duchess of Sussex Visits The Mayhew Animal Welfare Charity

Last week, it was announced that The Duchess of Sussex was to become the Royal Patron of the animal welfare charity Mayhew. Today, as Patron, she visited the centre in London. The Mayhew works to improve the life of dogs and cats and the people of our community, whether it’s in London or worldwide.

Meghan met with TheraPaws volunteers (TheraPaws is an animal therapy programme working on improving their wellbeing), officers from the charity and she met a few dogs – current residents or ex-residents – including Minnie who was put to adoption on this very day. VIDEOVIDEO



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The Duchess of Sussex visits Smart Works

Following the announcement of her patronages, Meghan visited Smart Works in London. Smart Works is a charity which helps unemployed women gain the courage and confidence by training them for job interviews and then getting back into work. The Duchess got to meet some women benefitting from the charity and even got to help a one of them choose an outfit!


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The Duchess of Sussex becomes the patron of four organizations

This morning, Kensington Palace finally announced Meghan’s first patronages! The Duchess’s main focus will be education, the arts, helping women and animal welfare. Here is a description of each organization, and for more information, visit our page on Meghan’s patronages.

Her Royal Highness 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.

Her Majesty The Queen has passed on two patronages to The Duchess of Sussex –The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities. The Queen has held the roles for 45 and 33 years respectively. Her Royal Highness will also take on Patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio – Smart Works and Mayhew.

The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the UK, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes. Her Royal Highness feels she can use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organisations and, more widely, the sectors they each represent.

For the arts, the National Theatre’s mission is to make world class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring for everyone and to be as inclusive, diverse and national as possible. In support of access to education, the Association of Commonwealth Universities is the world’s first and oldest international university network and the only accredited organisation representing higher education across all 53 Commonwealth countries.

With regards to supporting women, Smart Works helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives. In terms of animal welfare, Mayhew is a grassroots charity working in a unique way to improve the lives of animals and people to better communities both in London and internationally.

Over the last year, Her Royal Highness has held meetings and conducted private visits with each of these organisations. The Duchess will today visit Smart Works and over the next few weeks will undertake public visits to the other three organisations.

Source: The Royal Family

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