Kate Middleton attended her first formal public engagement since the birth of Prince George — and the girl sure does know how to make an entrance.
Wowza! Kate Middleton gave new life to the term “yummy mummy” today as she stepped out for a formal engagement looking absolutely stunning.
The Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince William at a gala dinner to benefit the Tusk Trust foundation, one of her husband’s favorite charities. And did she ever make a splash!
The new mom wore a gorgeous floor-length Jenny Packham gown covered head to toe in shining silver sequins with cap sleeves, a loose bodice with an empire waist then becoming snug though the tummy and hips before ending in a very slight A-line at the floor, betraying not a single extra pound of baby weight that she has obviously shed since the birth of Prince George. The sliced back and armholes had an added silk panel for modesty.
Middleton donned a previously seen pair of silver Jimmy Choo sandals and a diamond bracelet to complete her ensemble, keeping her makeup light and natural and her hair in her signature blowout around her shoulders.
The gala was held to honor and celebrate outstanding achievement in the field of conservation in Africa, and the couple chatted with leading figures including Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba.
Prince William was on hand to present the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, a place that is very close to his heart.
“The wildlife is incredibly vulnerable and I feel a real protective instinct, more so now that I am a father, which is why I get emotional about it… you want to stand up for what is very vulnerable and needs protecting,” he said in Prince William’s Passion: New Hope, New Father to air Sept. 15 on CNN. “Elephants, rhinos and many other animals that are persecuted don’t have a voice.”
“I do regularly daydream, and Africa is definitely one of the places I go to,” he said. “I’ve got hundreds of animals on my iPhone, noises and sounds of the bush, so if I’m having a stressful day, I’ll put a buffalo, a cricket or a newt on and it takes you back instantly to the bush. And it does completely settle me down.”
“Africa emotionally and mentally has affected me,” he added. “It’s magical. Every time I go back it brings out new things. This is a lifelong commitment and I’ll always be involved… no matter what.”
Prince William will now have lots of time to devote to his conservation efforts. This morning Clarence House announced that he is leaving the Royal Air Force to become a full-time royal.