Getting in the picture: Duchess joins charities in photography workshop with children

Posted by / Tuesday 25 June 2019 /
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Two leading UK charities, Action for Children and the Royal Photographic Society have collaborated to deliver a photography workshop for children in which the Duchess of Cambridge has been sharing her love of photography. 

It comes as Kensington Palace announced Her Royal Highness as the new Patron of The Royal Photographic Society.  The Duchess has published many of her own portraits of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.  

The Duchess is also Patron of Action for Children which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. 

During the workshop the Duchess explored camera techniques with children aged between nine and 18 supported by Action for Children during the session at the charity’s Warren Park residential home in Surrey. 

She spent more than an hour with 11 young people from across the UK and two distinguished photographers - RPS Honorary Fellows Jillian Edelstein and Harry Borden. Some of the children already have an interest in photography, whilst for many others this was a first exciting foray into photography, which is known to be a therapeutic and enabling activity for many people. 

As she arrived, the Duchess was shown black and white photos from the Action for Children archives of some of the first children helped by the charity when it was founded near Waterloo in 1869 along with others depicting the history of the Royal Photographic Society, also founded in a similar period.  

Action for Children CEO Julie Bentley said, “This charity first began changing the lives of disadvantaged children 150 years ago and we are delighted the Duchess is helping us mark our special anniversary. Today we continue that work to support children because our vision is that every child has a safe and happy childhood, which we know is so important to the Duchess “  

COO of the Royal Photographic Society Mike Taylor said, “It is a huge honour to have the Duchess as our Patron, especially given her personal interest in photography. We know that photography and creative pursuits have such a positive impact for people of all ages, and we are excited to be working with one of the Duchess’s charities in support of their work.” 

Both charities hope the images taken on the day with the Duchess will be added to the photographic archives of their organisations. 




Helen Costello, Action for Children: 07768 828 736 / [email protected] 

Aisling Bradley, Royal Photographic Society: 07936 362 364 / [email protected] 

Photo by Kensington Palace