Kate Middleton Cancels First Royal Duty Reappearance

There was good news from the palace earlier this week when palace officials announced that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, would begin making appearances for her royal duties slowly over the course of the next month. The Duchess is suffering from a form of severe morning sickness that causes her to require plenty of rest and additional care for her health and the health of her unborn baby. However, her first public appearance since the palace announced her pregnancy has been cancelled after the Duchess wasn’t feeling well enough to attend.

The 32-year-old Duchess was scheduled to make an appearance at the Clore Art Room at  Barlby Primary School Wednesday. The Foundation’s 50th anniversary was the occasion for this appearance, but the Duchess “continues to be unwell,” as stated in a statement from the palace. The Duchess, though she could not attend due to her health, did issue a statement to the school and the foundation.

“I am truly sorry that I cannot be with you all today as you celebrate this milestone. My sincere apologies for not being able to join you, but I hope that I will have an opportunity to visit Barlby and see the Clore Art Room soon,” was her statement for the school.

Duchess Kate has been a royal patron of the art room for more than two years now, and it was not easy for her to make the decision to cancel her appearance. It was announced that all her potential appearances would remain private over the next month in case the Duchess could not attend, but this one was made public simply because it was a public appearance.

“As with all her engagements, we are taking decisions closer to the time of them occurring, and we are keeping them under review,” says a spokeswoman for the palace.

(Photo by Olivia Harris – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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