Kate Middleton has officially returned from maternity leave with her first solo engagement since giving birth to Prince Louis in April. This morning, the Duchess of Cambridge visited Paddington Recreation Ground for an appearance with the Sayers Croft Trust Forest School.
Given the outdoorsy nature of the event, the Duchess ditched her usual tea dresses and elegant coats for an appropriate casual look. She wore an army green cargo jacket from Fjallraven, brown pants (which appear to be her go-to Zara biker jean), and Penelope Chilvers knee-high boots.
Middleton's last working event was at the end of March, a month before she and Prince William welcomed their third child, when she attended the Commonwealth Games in London with her husband.
Today's appearance arrives just over six months after that last engagement. "It is traditional for new royal mums to take a six-month break from official engagements," royal biographer, Duncan Larcombe previously told BAZAAR.com.
However, she still made public appearances at family events like Trooping the Colour, Prince Louis' Christening, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding. She also made a rare work appearance in July with Meghan and Prince William for the Wimbledon finals, since she's a royal patron of the tournament.
Duchess Kate is back in action! Today she’s visiting the @SCTrust Forest School and Wildlife Garden, learning more about how they’re getting thousands of inner city children involved in the outdoors and learning about nature pic.twitter.com/9wTFBfxLUT— Omid Scobie (@scobie) October 2, 2018
Today, Middleton is meeting with children involved with Sayers Croft Trust, a charity focused on educating young people and the community on the environment. She's also slated to meet with teachers and instructors about the benefits of outdoor learning on children, according to a Palace press release.
Welcome back, Kate!