Duchess of Cambridge makes first public appearance since giving birth
Published 30/08/2013 | 14:37
KATE Middleton has made her first public appearance since the birth of Prince George, joining her husband at the start of a sporting event in Anglesey.
The 31-year-old joined her husband as he marked the start of the gruelling, three-day Ring O' Fire "ultra" marathon on Anglesey.
The couple left their five-and-a-half week son, Prince George, at their cottage on the island with the Duchess's mother, Carole Middleton.
The young royals have not yet employed a nanny but Mrs Middleton travelled with them to Wales to help out.
The Duchess, dressed in slim black trousers, a fitted green tweed jacket and patterned top, appeared to have already snapped back into shape just five and a half weeks after giving birth.
However, she suggested to well-wishers that she remained keen to shed any lingering baby weight and was keen on walking.
Park warden Will Stewart said: "She seemed genuinely interested in doing some walking. Especially after the baby, she wants to get back into shape.
"I said, 'You don't need to worry about that!' She looked great."
Sarah Bingham, 38, who is 37 weeks pregnant and whose husband James is the founder of the race, said: "Kate said 'Congragtulations' and I was just saying about being on borrowed tim at 37 weeks.
"They are both really lovely people, really genuine. It was nice to speak to her after what Kate's just been through. She looks wonderful, doesn't she?
"I said 'How's he (George) doing?' She said 'He's doing really well, he's with his grandma."
It was the couple’s final public appearance on Anglesey before they relocate to London next month, with a view to taking on more royal duties.
They met some of the runners and their families before the start of the 135-mile race around the rugged coastline, which includes 13,695 feet of ascent.
They have previously voiced their appreciation at being able to lead relatively normal lives since moving to Wales in 2009, when the Duke was posted to RAF Valley as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.
Louise Emery-Jones, 38, from Menai Bridge, Anglesey, said locals would miss the royal couple.
"She's been seen shopping in Waitrose, out and about and on the beach at Rhosneigr.
"They have done wonders for the tourist industry. I think it's been a lovely life for them here. It's a shame they can't live here.
"They've been allowed to just get on with their lives, but obviously things have changed now."
The Duke bade an emotional farewell to the community two weeks ago, when he confirmed his young family would be moving.
He said: ''I know that I speak for Catherine when I say that I have never in my life known somewhere as beautiful and as welcoming as Anglesey.
'”The views across the Menai Straits are undoubtedly among the most stunning in the British Isles. I know that both of us will miss it terribly when my search and rescue tour of duty comes to an end next month and we have to move elsewhere.
“This island has been our first home together, and it will always be an immensely special place for us both. Catherine and I look forward to returning again and again over the coming years with our family.”
The couple have indicated that they expect to take Prince George to Australia on his first royal tour next year.