The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry was established in 2009 by William and Harry and became fully operational in 2011 when Kate joined as an official patron. The purpose of The Royal Foundation is to act as a vehicle for their individual philanthropic endeavors. The foundation has a Board of Trustees which oversees strategic planning, governance, and fundraising. Their mission is to continue to partner with charities that are fighting to overcome challenges both at home and abroad, focusing primarily on the armed forces, young people, and conservation. Harry is responsible for the armed forces charities, Kate for young people, and William for conservation, as these are their individual primary areas of interest, but they are all still involved with the other categories. Each of the charities they support under those categories receives full backing from The Royal Foundation. Their duties under the Royal Foundation include attending events and project launches and speaking about the charities themselves.