Kate attends first public engagement since illness
UK: Prince Williamís pregnant wife Catherine on Sunday made
her first public engagement since being hospitalised for severe morning
sickness, presenting cyclist Bradley Wiggins with the prestigious BBC
Sports Personality of the Year award.
Kate, 30, presented the main award and a lifetime achievement honour
to London Olympic Games organiser Seb Coe at a ceremony in the British
The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital on December 3, a
development which prompted the palace to announce that she was in the
very early stages of pregnancy.
She left the London hospital after three nights and had not been seen
in public since.
The duchess took to the stage in a full-length green dress to present
Coe with his award, sharing a private conversation with the former
She was also quiet as superstar footballer David Beckham announced
Wiggins as the winner, but handed over the famous trophy to the Tour de
France and Olympic time-trial champion.
Stars from the London Olympics dominated the award shortlist, and
Kate was understood to be keen to attend to continue her involvement in
the summer Games, during which she, her husband and brother-in-law
Prince Harry were official ambassadors.
ďShe will not stay for the whole thing but she really wanted to be
there,Ē a royal source told AFP.
The baby is the first for the royal couple, who married in a lavish
ceremony in April 2011, and will be heir to Queen Elizabeth IIís throne
after Williamís father Prince Charles and William himself.
The news about the royal baby was overshadowed, however, by the
apparent suicide of a nurse working at Kateís hospital after she took a
hoax call from two Australian radio presenters that led to details of
the duchessís condition being made public.