Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge went on their first official engagement yesterday after the birth of their first son, Prince George, to an award ceremony celebrating conservation heroes.
The Duchess wore a stunning floor-length gown as she arrived at the Tusk Trust awards – less than 100 days after she gave birth to George and without any obvious sign of post natal body fat.
On the arrival of the royal couple at the ceremony Kate’s dress sparkled as the flashguns of dozens of photographers went
William and Kate greeted a group of conservationists and leading figures in the lobby of the awards venue, the Royal Society.
The couple told guests it was the first time they had left George at home with nanny Jessie Webb, 71, who looked after William and Harry when they were boys.
William chatted with the leader of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, who was also present at the ceremony and considered an influential figure in the world of African conservation.
The African leader’s first question was about baby George. Prince William replied, telling him that: “We’ve left him at home for the first time.” Then William praised the president, saying: “Thank you for all you’ve been doing.”
The Gabonese leader then moved on to chat with the Duchess asking her who her son looked like. She replied: “Like most babies, he’s got a mix of both of us.”
She had been expected to spend much of autumn away from public duties caring for her baby but is already juggling motherhood with royal events.
Prince William announced earlier in the week that he has given up his operational career in the military and will be focusing on his charitable interests and considering options for future “public service”.