The Duchess of Cambridge has become the first royal patron of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Kate, who is on maternity leave expecting her third child, formally began the role on Monday.
Kensington Palace said the patronage would further the Duchessâs interest inÂ the visual arts, photography and design.
The V&A, which is a short distance from the Duchessâs Kensington Palace home in west London, is the worldâs leading museum of art and design.
Kate is the first royal patron in the museumâs 166-year history.
Kate visited the V&A in June 2017 to officially open its new entrance, courtyard and exhibition gallery on Exhibition Road.
Tristram Hunt, director of the museum and former shadow education secretary, said he was looking forward to working with the Duchess.
âFrom its foundation by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, the V&A has enjoyed a proud history of royal support,â Mr Hunt said.
âWe are delighted that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has agreed to serve as Royal Patron of the museum.
âThe Duchessâs personal interest in photography, textiles and the visual arts, alongside her support for the role of art in supporting mental health and nurturing young peopleâs creative talent, fits naturally with the collections and civic purpose of the V&A.
âThe 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.â