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Canon user Kate Middleton becomes new patron of the Royal Photographic Society

(Image credit: Royal Photographic Society / Chris Jackson)

Kate Middleton, The Duchess Of Cambridge, has become the new Patron of the Royal Photographic Society, which has enjoyed Royal Patronage since 1853 when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert became Patrons. 

It is perhaps fitting that Kate was the first Royal Patron of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her RPS patronage succeeds that of Her Majesty The Queen, who has been Patron of the Society since 1952.

While patronage hasn't traditionally equated to any implicit interest in photography from the monarch, in this case it's an appropriate fit as Kate is a keen photographer in her own right – her brand of choice being Canon equipment. 

"The Duchess of Cambridge has a longstanding interest in photography, and this patronage will further highlight the beneficial impact that art and creativity can have on emotional wellbeing, particularly for children and young people," wrote Kensington Palace on Instagram.

Kate's fondness for photography first came to public light back in 2012 when her photographs of Borneo, (opens in new tab) shot on a Canon PowerShot G12, were released by St James's Palace. 

She also made headlines in 2015 when she took the first public photographs of Prince George and Princess Charlotte (opens in new tab) together, this time shot on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. 

Her new patronage was announced ahead of her visit to a photography workshop run by the Royal Photographic Society in conjunction with Action for Children – another of Kate's patronages, which is supporting its 150th anniversary this year.

“It is a huge honour to have the Duchess as our Patron, especially given her personal interest in photography," said RPS COO, Mike Taylor (opens in new tab). "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.” 

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.