Kate wishes her patronage SportsAid a very happy 40th birthday

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The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, has sent a special message to one of the charities she supports, SportsAid, in honour of their 40th birthday. The royal has been patron of the charity since 2013 and has carried out several engagements for them in the past.

Kate wrote a sweet message that was published by Kensington Palace, in which the Duchess praised SportsAid's contribution to British sport. The charity provides financial support and recognition to Olympians and Paralympians, including some of the country's biggest sporting stars.

Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Tom Daley, Chris Hoy and Steve Redgrave are just a few previous recipients of SportsAid Awards.

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Kate has been patron of SportsAid since 2013

Kate began her birthday message by saying she was fortunate enough to meet several athletes who have been supported by SportsAid. She added that the help they receive from an early stage gives them the "all important boost they need to fulfil their potential".

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"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," wrote Kate.

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The charity has supported stars including Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah in the past

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

"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."

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Kate met budding sports fanatics during an engagement in 2014

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.

Sporty Kate, who is a fan of tennis, sailing, hockey and skiing, met a group of budding sports fanatics who are hoping to take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The royal also tried out some cognitive testing equipment, which tests hand-eye co-ordination, and joked that it was one thing she could do while pregnant.