Catherine Middleton has accomplished quite a lot for a 29-year old. First, she became the Duchess of Cambridge. And now she is, according to the Telegraph, "expected to become the official patron of several national museums and galleries and may also act as an 'ambassador' for institutions that have existing Royal links, such as the V&A."
The duchess is no stranger to the art world, having studied art history at the British Institute in Florence, and subsequently at the University of St Andrew's. She also wrote her dissertation of the photography of Lewis Carroll and even curated a 2007 photography exhibit of celebrity portraits by Alistair Morrison.
Catherine is not the first member of the Royal Family to take an interest in the arts. The Queen houses one of the world's most extensive collections of fine art, and has a soft spot for Fabergé eggs. The Prince of Wales is very fond of watercoloring, he reportedly "paints landscapes in the open air, often finishing a picture in one go."
There have been many recent cuts to arts funding following the economic downturn, leaving many organizations low on donations and eagerly anticipating the duchess' involvement. She is reportedly interested in organizations with Royal connections as well as smaller and lesser-known arts facilities.