The V&A is honoured to announce that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has become the Museum’s Royal Patron. The patronage reflects Her Royal Highness’s continued personal interest in the visual arts, photography and design.
The Duchess’ acceptance of the role follows her previous support for the Museum in June 2017, when she joined V&A staff and architect Amanda Levete CBE, for the official unveiling of The Exhibition Road Quarter – the V&A’s most significant development project for over 100 years.
While the V&A has been intrinsically linked to the Royal Family since its foundation in 1852, the Duchess is the Museum’s first Royal Patron.
Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A said:
From its foundation by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, the V&A has enjoyed a proud history of Royal support. We are delighted that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has agreed to serve as Royal Patron of the Museum. The Duchess’s personal interest in photography, textiles and the visual arts, alongside her support for the role of art in supporting mental health and nurturing young people’s creative talent, fits naturally with the collections and civic purpose of the V&A. The Trustees, staff and members of the V&A look forward to working with Her Royal Highness across our museums in South Kensington, Bethnal Green and Dundee.