04/25/2012

Will and Kate Show makes triumphant return

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Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge  arrive to attend the UK premiere of the film "African Cats" in London on April 25, 2012. (Reuters)

We were so used to seeing Kate fly solo these past few months, it was almost a surprise to see Prince William back by her side on Wednesday.

Kate kidsThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first public appearance together in more than three months, attending the UK premiere of the Disney documentary African Cats.

And, as if there aren't enough 'baby' hints dropping their way, they were accompanied by 100 children for the screening. The story itself tells the real-life tale of two African families -- cheetahs and lions. (More mom-type nurturing. Get it, Kate?)

The Duchess's outfit was like the weather -- grey -- but the Matthew Williamson-designed suit was decorated with jade beading around her neck and on the cuffs. Reports are that it is from his pre-fall collection (Kate got her order in early) and will go for about $1,695.

Aside from a day away from routine, the film gives Prince William -- just back from six weeks of search and rescue duty in the Falklands -- a chance to shine a light on his Tusk Trust charity. The trust's mandate is to protect wildlife in Africa while working to  alleviate poverty and encourage sustainable development in rural communities.

William and his brother Harry have been patrons of the Tusk Trust since 2005.

Prince William made a short speech at the premiere, praising the film and the message it has about Africa: "Films like African Cats remind us of the dramatic beauty, and the harshness, of the natural world – and there is nowhere more awe-inspiring or beautiful than the vast plains of Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Africa’s natural heritage is the world’s natural heritage. We have to preserve places like this -- not just for us, but for future generations."

The last time Kate and Will appeared publically was in early January for the premiere of another film, War Horse.

While they are on an appearance roll, the couple will be attending two receptions on Thursday. The first is in aid of the British Legion, a celebration of two British teams that recreated the famous race to the South Pole a hundred years ago between Robert F. Scott and Roald Amundsen. The second is to launch the campaign for the Imperial War Museum in aid of their First World War Galleries.

Then, it is a relatively quiet weekend for their first anniversary on Sunday.

  Kate 1 Kate meets Mark Knopfler, lead singer of Dire Straits, who was among the guests at the UK premiere of 'African Cats' in aid of the Tusk Trust. (Mark Large/Getty Images)

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Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the "African Cats" at the BFI Southbank in London (Reuters)

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