Prince William and Kate Middleton Latest: Kate Attends First Official Solo Engagement

Kate Middleton has carried out her first official solo engagement last night as she stood in for her father-in-law Prince Charles at a charity event.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who had her hair pulled up in a half up, half down do, stepped in for Prince Charles after he was called away on a trip to Riyadh to offer condolences to the Saudi Royal Family after the death of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

“The Duchess of Cambridge was delighted to be able to step in for her father-in-law, The Prince of Wales, to celebrate the work of In Kind Direct at the dinner,” said a spokesman for St James’s Palace.

“The Duchess had a little bit of time beforehand to prepare for the engagement - it all went very well. She was so pleased that her first solo engagement was for the Prince of Wales, who has shown her so much support over the years.”

Robin Boles, chief executive of charity In Kind Direct, said: “We were delighted that the Duchess was able to step in at such short notice after our founder was unexpectedly called away. The Duchess hosted a very special evening with absolute professionalism and charm.”