London: Prince William's wife Kate Middleton will make her first public appearance at a glittering awards ceremony in September 2013 since giving birth. William is a royal patron of the wildlife conservation charity Tusk Trust and the couple are expected to attend its awards ceremony on September 12, a Kensington Palace spokesperson said.
Two awards will be presented, a lifetime achievement honour named after Prince William and another recognising an up-and-coming conservationist. Kate, 31, has not been seen in public since the couple left St Mary's Hospital in London with their new-born son on July 22.
She was expected to keep a low profile for several months so she could spend time with the baby, who is now the third in line to Britain's throne. His father, the Duke of Cambridge, meanwhile has made several public appearances since the birth. On Wednesday he revealed that he is leaving his job as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot in Wales, though he did not say where he was going or whether he would be staying with the Royal Air Force (RAF).
At an agricultural show on the Welsh island of Anglesey, close to his air base, he said his family would be moving "elsewhere" when his three-year tour of duty finishes in September 2013. Reflecting on his first weeks of fatherhood, he joked to the crowds: "I have to say that I thought search and rescue duties over Snowdonia were physically and mentally demanding, but looking after a three week-old baby is up there!"