Kate Middleton is reporting back for royal duty. The Duchess of Cambridge will return to the workforce with a solo engagement on Tuesday, October 2—her first since taking off for maternity leave in March.
The Duchess will visit Sayers Croft Trust Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground, Kensington Palace announced. The Trust is a registered outdoor education charity that aims to involve "the local community, especially young people, in the enjoyment and care of the environment," its official website says.
The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the @SCTrust Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground on Tuesday 2nd October. pic.twitter.com/KFdKu7h3C7— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 26, 2018
Middleton's last working event before giving birth was on March 22 at the Commonwealth Games in London, which she attended with Prince William. After that, she stepped out of the public eye for maternity leave, and later welcomed Prince Louis, her and William's third child, on April 23. (Kate and William did attend an Easter church service with the rest of the royal family on April 1, but that wasn't a working event.)
The Duchess of Cambridge's upcoming October 2 appearance will take place just over six months after her last working event. "It is traditional for new royal mums to take a six-month break from official engagements," royal biographer, Duncan Larcombe previously told BAZAAR.com.
That doesn't mean Kate has been cooped up in Kensington Palace nonstop for half a year. She did appear at public family events like the royal wedding, Prince Louis' christening, and Trooping the Colour.
"The wedding doesn’t count because it was a 'family affair' but other than that, she will pick and choose her engagements," Larcombe added to BAZAAR.com.
In fact, the Duchess did attend a few work-related events during leave, including the Wimbledon finals (she's a royal patron of the tournament), the Royal Air Force centenary, and a secret send-off for her and William's former private secretary.
We can't wait to see her back.