This summer the country rejoiced as the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her and Prince William’s first child, Prince George, on July 22.
As dutiful as ever, Kate had continued with her royal engagements up to just a month before George’s arrival, attending Trooping the Colour as her final outing on June 15, before taking maternity leave.
However, just weeks after leaving hospital with William and their little Prince, the dedicated Duchess returned to royal life and ever since has been slowly increasing her diary once again.
Royal Central takes a look at the Duchess of Cambridge’s return to the spotlight.
July 23 – The proud parents introduce Prince George
Just 24 hours after Prince George’s arrival, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, with the latest addition to the Royal Family. Kate told reporters it had been “very emotional” while revealing William had done the first nappy duty.
August 20th – The first family portrait
Just weeks after leaving hospital, William and Kate revealed the first official family portrait of the couple with Prince George. In a photo taken by grandfather Michael Middleton, the future king, was photographed sleeping peacefully in the Duchess’ arms as the new parents smiled with the family dog, Lupo.
August 30th – Kate’s surprise return
As Prince William opened the Ring O’Fire marathon in Anglesey, onlookers were thrilled when Kate accompanied her husband, making a surprise early return to official engagements. The Duchess looked radiant as she arrived and spent time with locals, telling one the little prince was “doing very well” and that he was “with granny” while she and William launched the race. It is believed Kate decided to attend the engagement at the last minute as a thank you to the people of Anglesey, for their support during the couple’s stay on the island.
September 12th – A radiant return to the red carpet.
The Duchess dazzled as she arrived at her first red carpet engagement since giving birth, as she and William attended the Tusk Trust Awards in Central London. Glowing in a Jenny Packham floor length glittery gown, Kate made a radiant return as she and William were guests of honour at the ceremony. During the evening, the Duke told guests to excuse them if they were caught looking at their mobiles to check “everything was okay” back home.
October 18th – Kate’s first solo engagement.
Nearly three months after giving birth to Prince George, Kate continued her return to royal life as she attended her first solo engagement. The Duchess spent the day at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London with SportsAid, of which she is patron. Kate won praise after taking part in a volleyball game, in high wedges, although she didn’t let them stop her showing off her sportive side as she scored a ‘spike’.
October 23rd – Prince George’s christening
Joined by close family and friends, the Duchess of Cambridge looked on with pride as she and Prince William arrived with Prince George outside the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace. The new mum looked elegant in an Alexander McQueen cream coatdress and a Jane Taylor fascinator.
October 24th – A Gala at Kensington Palace
Just a day after attending her son’s christening, Kate was guest of honour at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ charity dinner, which was held in the State Apartments at Kensington Palace. During the evening, Kate spoke of her joy at Prince George’s perfect behaviour during his christening. “He was such a good boy actually,” she told one guest. “We were very lucky, he’s not always like that.”
October 7th – William and Kate surprise commuters at tube station.
Excited commuters at High Street Kensington Tube Station were given a treat as the royal couple arrived at the station to speak with London Poppy Appeal volunteers. The Duke and Duchess had travelled to the station after holding a reception for volunteers at their home, Kensington Palace.
October 10th – Kate honours Britain’s fallen heros
Attending her third Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph as a member of the Royal Family, Kate looked beautiful in black as she listened thoughtfully to the service, standing next to the Countess of Wessex and Sir Timothy Lawrence.