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Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Kate Middleton selects art and museum charities

As is the custom with the British Royal Family, Kate Middleton has selected a number of charities to support. Art is one of her favorite interests, announced St. James Palace Thursday.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wore an artful hat as she arrived for the wedding of Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and England rugby star Mike Tindall, at Canongate Kirk in Scotland. (Dylan Martinez - AP)

She tapped the National Portrait Gallery, one of Britain’s esteemed museums and one that holds decades of formal sittings of her new relations. Its collections go back to the 16th century but also includes contemporary cultural and political personalities.

In addition, she named The Art Room, an art therapy program with five facilities in Oxford and London. Juli Beattie, the program’s director, said, “It is a fantastic endorsement of the work we do and the role that art and creativity can play in helping children and young people whose start in life has been difficult.”

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