Char­ity Queens

Meet the fe­male stars giv­ing back on the In­ter­na­tional Day of Char­ity

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - BY NATALYA MOLOK

Cather­ine, Duchess of Cam­bridge AGE: 35, PRINCESS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM

She may be roy­alty, but the Duchess of Cam­bridge isn’t above giv­ing back to the peo­ple. Along with her hus­band and brother-in­law, she set up The Royal Foun­da­tion of The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge and Prince Harry in 2011, to fur­ther the royal fam­ily’s phil­an­thropic work. Much more re­cently, she’s spo­ken openly about men­tal health is­sues, and how she dealt with bouts of post­par­tum de­pres­sion af­ter the birth of her sec­ond child, Charlotte.

“Per­son­ally, be­com­ing a mother has been such a re­ward­ing and won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. How­ever, at times it has also been a huge chal­lenge,” she says. “Even for me, who has sup­port at home that most mothers do not. Noth­ing can re­ally pre­pare you for the sheer, over­whelm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of what it means to be­come a mother.”

In ad­di­tion, it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that when Kate and Prince Wil­liam tied the knot in April 2011, the royal cou­ple re­quested that their wed­ding guests do­nate their would-be wed­ding gifts to char­ity in­stead.

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