After having to cancel several appearances following her recent illness Kate Middleton made her first formal public appearance since the Royal Couple announced their wonderful news to the world. Braving cameras, The Duchess attended the BBC’s Sports personally of the Year Awards, where she presented two awards. Kate looked stunning in a beautiful Alexander McQueen emerald green skirt suit and appeared “healthy and strong.”
Kate stayed throughout Coe’s speech and was then on hand to present the Sports Personality of the Year award on to Bradley Wiggins.
Runner-up was Team GB heptathlete Jessica Ennis, who won gold in the 2012 Games, and in third place was tennis star Andy Murray, who also won gold at the London Olympics.
‘While the Duchess does not feel ready to attend a four-hour engagement, she is keen to show her support to the UK’s sportsmen and women at this prestigious event which caps a momentous year for British sport,’ said a senior royal source.
The Duchess had attended the event alone whiles her husband, Prince William,
has been forced to return to their rented farmhouse in Anglesey, North Wales, as he is due on duty as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot.
Prince William is due to return to London in time for Christmas but aides have yet to announce whether they plan to join the Royal Family at Sandringham, in line with tradition.
After the ceremony she met some of this year’s sporting heroes backstage including Sports Personality runner-up Jessica Ennis, unsung hero award winners Sue and Jim Houghton, and Martine Wright, who won the Helen Rollason accolade.