Kate to resume royal duties
LONDON: The Duchess of Cambridge plans to resume royal duties later this month after being sidelined by a prolonged bout of severe morning sickness.
Palace officials said Friday that Prince William and the former Kate Middleton are scheduled to welcome Singapore President Tony Tan when he arrives on a four-day state visit on Oct. 21.
The royal couple are to greet the president and his wife at a London hotel and then travel with them to the Horse Guards Parade ground, where Tan will receive a full ceremonial welcome.
She had canceled a number of engagements after her second pregnancy was announced in early September. Officials said at the time she was being treated for acute morning sickness at the family quarters in Kensington Palace.
The condition also marked the first trimester of her first pregnancy, when she was carrying Prince George.
Officials said Kate’s participation in the welcoming ceremony will be reviewed in the coming weeks.
A string of engagements were scrapped after it was announced on September 8 that the duchess was pregnant again and had the severe morning sickness illness.
William stood in for her last month on what would have been her first official solo trip abroad, representing Queen Elizabeth II at the 50th anniversary celebrations of Malta’s independence from Britain.
Singapore gained independence from Britain in 1963 and immediately became part of Malaysia, which it then left in 1965. The visit comes shortly ahead of its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2015.