Duchess Kate to attend special dinner honouring SportsAid

The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, will be on hand to help celebrate SportsAid's 40th anniversary next month. The royal will attend a special dinner on June 9 at Kensington Palace in honour of the special occasion.

Kate has been a patron of SportsAid since 2013, which progressed following her interest and involvement during the London 2012 Olympics, and has carried out several engagements in the past to show her support.

TAP TO VIEW FULL GALLERYThe Duchess will attend a celebratory dinner in honour of SportsAid's 40th birthday

The dinner is being held to showcase the work of the charity, which provides financial support and recognition to the next generation of Olympians and Paralympians in the critical early stages of their careers. Athletes, select guests and partners will be invited to attend the exclusive event at Kensington Palace – which is famously also home to the duchess and her family.

In April, Kate penned a thoughtful birthday message to SportsAid, in which she praised its contribution to British sport.

The sporty royal has been patron of the charity since 2013

"As Patron, I would like to wish SportsAid a very happy 40th birthday, and offer my best wishes to everyone who has played a part in their success," she wrote.

"Thank you to those who have, and are, supporting SportsAid. Your efforts make a huge difference to thousands of young people and their families.

Kate has taken part in a number of SportsAid engagements in the past

"Everyone involved in this great cause should be incredibly proud of the impact SportsAid has had on the success of British sport over the last four decades."

The Duchess, who signed the printed letter Catherine, most recently carried out an engagement with SportsAid in November 2014, when she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte.

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