Royal roundup: Duchess Kate back to work while Pippa eyes NBC job
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walks out to present Lord Sebastian Coe with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 in London on Sunday. The gown is by Alexander McQueen, the earrings are Kiki McDonough. (AP Photo)
Being the sporty type, it was only fitting that the Duchess of Cambridge would make her public comeback in an athletic environment.
Kate emerged on Sunday evening for the first time since her hospitalization for acute morning sickness to hand out a couple of trophies at the BBC's Sports Personality Awards show in London.
Wearing a green silk Alexander McQueen gown ($1,700), the duchess emerged onstage in the live broadcast in dramatic fashion, just in time to hand a lifetime achievement award to Lord Sebastian Coe for heading up the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as for a competitive running career that included two Olympic golds (1980, '84) and 12 world records.
After Coe's award, she stuck around to present the top personality award to cyclist Bradley Wiggins (right, with David Beckham), who won Olympic gold and was also the first Brit to win the Tour de France.
The duchess looked fit and none the worse for wear after missing several engagements last week, including the premiere of "The Hobbit" movie, to battle a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum, which can leave expectant mothers dehydrated. She is just shy of three months pregnant and has been recuperating at her cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Although the BBC show ran four hours, Kate only arrived about 45 minutes before the end to hand out the awards, then returned to Kensington Palace.
Her husband Prince William did not attend Sunday's event since he is on duty at RAF Valley in Wales with his search-and-rescue unit.
Kate's presence at the Olympics-dominated awards show was a fitting one since she was an official ambassador of Britain's Olympic and Paralympic team. Those athletic squads captured team of the year. Jamaica's Usain Bolt was the Overseas Sports Personality of the year.
If Kate is well enough to return to royal duties, she may yet be part of the Royal Family Christmas at Sandringham. There are reports she and William may opt to spend the day a little more quietly at the Middleton family home in Berkshire.
Kate stands alongside second placed Sports Personality of the Year 2012, heptathlete Jessica Ennis during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012. Right, she applauds after presenting Lord Sebastian Coe with the lifetime achievement award. (AP Photos)
PIPPA MIDDLETON ... ROYAL CORRESPONDENT?
She may not make it as an author, but NBC thinks Pippa Middleton has a future in television, according to reports.
“A couple of offers are on the table, but they would like her to make as many as 20 appearances reporting on Royal-themed events like the Chelsea Flower Show, the opening of Buckingham Palace and Opera House nights," a source told the paper.
“She will not focus on intimate Royal matters like Wills and Kate’s move to London, Harry’s return from war and the family Christmas."
Sounds like a sweet deal for the 29-year-old party planner. Her book, "Celebrate," has not met with much success, though she still pocketed a cool $600,000 advance. The NBC deal, if legitimate, would boost her already high profile in the U.S. market without having to reveal too much of what goes on behind the royal curtains.
And you can bet NBC is eyeing a boost in ratings as they, along with everyone else, await the arrival of a royal baby that is in direct line for the throne.
The question is: Would Kate approve? Cashing in on royal ties is not considered a great way of keeping family ties tight.
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