William and Kate - Surprise Public Engagement

03/09/2013 11:51  |  William and Kate

Although still officially on maternity leave, the Duchess of Cambridge recently made a surprise first public engagement since the birth of HRH Prince of Cambridge on 22nd July. To the delight of the waiting crowds and the world’s media, Kate and her husband, Prince William, officially started the annual 135-mile Ultra Marathon at the Breakwater Country Park in Holyhead; baby George remained at their nearby home with his grandmother, Carole Middleton.

The couple have been based in North Wales for the last two years because of the Prince’s job as a Search and Rescue Pilot at RAF Valley. After leaving St Mary’s hospital following the birth of Prince George, Kate immediately went to live with her parents at the family home in Bucklebury in Berkshire. William returned to Anglesey at the end of his statutory two-week paternity leave while the Duchess joined her husband, along with their new son, more recently.

Both Kate and William took time to speak with the Marathon runners, organisers and volunteers of the event as well as the cheering crowds. They also spoke of their love of the island where they have have spent most of their first two years of married life and how they would be sad to leave. The couple are shortly expected to re-locate permanently to London where Prince William will begin a new military post.

Meanwhile, renovation work continues on their London home, Kensington Palace prior to the family’s moving-in date which is expected to be sometime in the Autumn.  The last royal resident was Princess Margaret in the sixties so the property requires a huge overhaul of its heating, water and electrical systems plus extensive modernisation and refurbishment. The couple’s living quarters at the Palace will consist of 21 bedrooms including staff quarters, a nursery, entertaining space and a walled garden.

The Duchess’ next public engagement is scheduled for Thursday 12th September when she will attend the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards at The Royal Society in London with her husband who is patron of the charity. The winner of the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa will be announced by the Prince at the event.

The HRH Prince George of Cambridge Commemorative coin cover, exclusive to The Jubilee Mint.

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