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Kensington Palace shares rare photos of Princess Diana

Kensington Palace shares rare photos of Princess Diana

Kensington Palace has released a rare throwback photograph of Princess Diana and Prince William in celebration of the Duke's new patronage.

On Wednesday, Prince William officially became the Royal Patron of The Passage, a charity focusing on homelessness.

The Palace announced the news with pictures of his first visit to the charity in 1993, when he went with his mother and brother Prince Harry.

The first photograph depicted Princess Diana sitting with Prince Harry on her lap and Prince William nearby. The second showed the charity's visitor book signed by the Princess and her first son.

"The visits I made as a child to this place left a deep and lasting impression upon me – about how important it is to ensure that everyone in our society, especially the poorest, are treated with respect, dignity and kindness, and are given the opportunities to fulfil their potential in life," Prince William said in a statement.

The 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge marked the news with another visit to the charity, in which he helped serve food in the resource centre’s kitchen and met with clients and volunteers for the charity’s 'Home for Good' program.

The Duke has also been a Patron to Centrepoint, a charity that supports homeless youths, since 2005, following in the footsteps of his mother who had filled the role from 1992 until her death in 1997. 

When he took over the role at the age of 23, he told The Telegraph, "My mother introduced that sort of area to me a long time ago. It was a real eye-opener and I am very glad she did. It has been something I have held close to me for a long time."

On Thursday, Prince William also visited a number of men’s mental health charities in London, including the 'Future Dads' program run by the charity Future Men where he discussed issues surrounding fatherhood.

"Whenever a high-profile royal visits any organisation, they bring the spotlight with them so his visit will naturally be a huge boost for awareness of the issue," royal expert Victoria Murphy told ABC News.

"So public visits, where they speak about and endorse the work of the charities in this area as well as meeting and speaking to people they have helped, are an important part of helping to achieve this."