Sunday 20 October 2013

Back on duty and back in shape: Smiling Duchess of Cambridge helps young sports stars at Olympic Park

The Duchess of Cambridge today took the morning off baby duties to carry out her first solo engagement since Prince George was born.
She returned to the Olympic Park, where she cheered on TeamGB with Prince William during the London 2012 games, to promote her charity SportsAid to help the next generation of British Athletes succeed.
A trim-looking Kate, 31, joined young athletes and their parents in education workshops at the park’s Copper Box.

She was joined rower Katherine Grainger and wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan as they tutored British Olympic hopefuls.
Kate has appeared twice in public with Prince William at her side since George was born.
Today was the first time the Duchess has carried out an engagement on her own, as she juggles motherhood with royal duties.

She will carry out a few engagements before Christmas.
Insiders say Kate, who is patron of a number of charities, is determined to support them and knows how important her public appearances are in raising their profile.
But one royal source added’ “Don’t expect there to be too many engagements in the immediate future.”
When arrangements for Prince George’s birth were announced in June, royal officials said the length of Kate’s maternity leave was a “personal matter.”
But she is expected to make at least two foreign visits alongside her husband next year.

William and Kate have just moved into their Apartment 1A Kensington Palace after he Prince quit his Search and Rescue job this September to focus on royal duties and charity work.
He carried out his first investiture on behalf of the Queen yesterday.
Kate became patron of SportsAid in April this year, taking her total royal patronages to seven.
While meeting some of the 1,300 young British athletes who have received funding from the charity this year, Kate heard their stories about how they are striving to become the next generation of Olympic and Paraolympic heroes.
Duchess of CambridgeKeeping trim: Kate's slimline figure has returned after giving birthKate shoesGetting a lift: Kate wore her favourite cork wedges to the engagementAmong the 60 athletes meeting Kate today is 17 year old triathlete Eliza Cottington from Teddington who won the elite junior title at the national championships this year.
She also meet Londoners Volleyball player Jordan Dalrymple, 20, and fencer Rubin Amsalem, 17.
She also met some of the Olympians and Paraolympians who have supported SportsAid including swimmer Karen Pickering MBE, who completes four consecutive Olympic Games and Gold medalist rower Katherine Grainger CBC.

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