The Duchess of Cambridge has become patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and patron of the Nursing Now campaign, Kensington Palace has announced.
The new patronages have been announced ahead of Kate's visit to the RCOG later today (February 27), followed by a visit to St Thomas' Hospital, where the Duchess will officially launch the Nursing Now campaign.
The visits will see Kate learning about and supporting women's healthcare and global health work, and championing the professionals who work on the front line.
The three-year Nursing Now campaign aims to support nurses to become leaders so they can play a greater role in health policy decision-making, helping countries meet the pressing health challenges of the modern-day world.
On her visit to the Snow Leopard ward at London's St Thomas's Hospital Kate is to get a first-hand look of the work the nurses do in caring for children who need help breathing to stay alive. The nurse-led team trains carers and relatives how to use the children's ventilation equipment to prepare them for going home.
The campaign is being run as a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Nursing Now was founded by nurses and other health experts based on the findings of the 2016 Triple Impact report, produced by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.
It found that empowering nurses boosts health globally and also helps improve gender equality and build stronger economies.