Duchess Kate set for first post-baby appearance

4:59 PM, Aug 15, 2013   |    comments
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge arrives for horse-racing event in Cheltenham, England.(Photo: Samir Hussein WireImage)
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By Maria Puente, USA TODAY

Eight weeks after giving birth to Prince George of Cambridge, Duchess Kate is set to reappear in public, at a wildlife conservation charity event with Prince William.

British media are reporting today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend an event in London on Sept. 12 staged by the Tusk Trust, a conservation group of which William is the patron. He's so fond of the charity's work he invited its leader to his wedding in 2011.

The event is an awards ceremony to celebrate leaders of wildlife conservation; one of the new awards, for lifetime achievement, has been named in honor of William, the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa.

So far, there have been no glimpses of Kate, either official or casual, since Prince George was born July 22 and the couple emerged from St. Mary's Hospital in London the next day. She has been staying with the baby at her parents' estate outside London, and William returned to his RAF base in Wales to complete his final duties there.

She had not been expected to return to official engagements until later, but apparently she is now prepared to balance her royal duties with caring for the baby.

William's first post-baby appearance on a royal engagement was Wednesday in Wales at an agricultural show, where he joked about the hard work involved in taking care of a fussy newborn.

The Tusk Trust event is to be filmed by ITV in Britain and by CNN, which announced today that its London-based royals reporter, Max Foster, had snagged the first post-baby interview with William. The interview will focus on the royal family's long tradition of interest in wildlife conservation.

The one-hour special, Prince William's Passion: New Father, New Hope, will premiere on CNN on Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET. A portion also will air on CNN's morning show, New Day, on Aug.19.

"The special chronicles the Prince's passion for Africa and his dream to save the world's most endangered species," CNN said in a statement. "As a new father, the Prince discusses his hope that one day his son can experience the same Africa that he and Prince Harry did as young boys."

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