Duchess Kate surprised the residents of Anglesey a few weeks back when she showed up unexpectedly at the island’s ultra marathon, joining husband Prince William. She was also spotted doing a grocery run, looking casual and lovely as ever. But Thursday night marked her first official gig since giving birth to Prince George — and all I can say is WOW.
Kate donned a sparkly gold sequin gown (for all you fashionistas out there, it is a Jenny Packham dress, according to People) as she and William attended the first Tusk Conservation Awards, an African charity of which Will is patron (since December 2005).
“As you might have gathered, Catherine and I have recently become proud parents — of a baby who has a voice to match any lion’s roar!” the proud dad said to the guests, which earned him a round of applause. He also asked that everyone ignore his and Kate’s anxiety. “This is actually our first evening out without him, so please excuse us if you see us nervously casting cheeky glances at our mobile phones to check all is well back home.”
The couple reportedly said they had left Georgie home with nanny Jessie Webb. But I love how they are just like every other parent leaving their kid for the first night out.
Tusk is one of William’s favourite conservation charities, as it aims for a peaceful co-existence between the African people and the continent’s wildlife.
“Like any new parents, our thoughts inevitably turn to the world that our child will inherit,” Prince William said in his speech. “It is unfathomable to imagine a world in which children who have been born in the past couple of months may grow up in a world in which rhinoceros have ceased to live in the wild.”
He pointed out the scary statistic that 35,000 elephants were killed for their ivory in the last year. “The possibility of extinction is bad enough for one of our children growing up here in the West, who will never experience the magic of seeing a rhino on a new television documentary; or even for my own little George, who Catherine and I very much hope to introduce to east Africa — a place we know and love — in the fullness of time. But for a child growing up in Africa and whose birth-right and economic inheritance these creatures are, it is nothing more than immoral that he or she may never experience what his parents and grandparents knew and treasured.”
It’s something many of us don’t really think about but it’s hard to dismiss, particularly seeing how passionate the Duke is about it. It’s no secret how important a role Africa has played in his life (his late mother Diana’s efforts there; it’s where he proposed to his wife) and I love how hard Will continues to fight for it.