Kate Middleton announces return from maternity leave

Duchess resumes official royal duties next week

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Kate Middleton has announced her return to official royal duties and the end of her maternity leave.

The Duchess of Cambridge will make her eagerly-awaited public comeback as soon as next week, according to Hello! magazine.

Kensington Palace says her first official engagement since giving birth to Prince Louis in April will be to Sayers Croft Trust’s Forest School and Wildlife Garden at London’s Paddington Recreation Ground on Tuesday, October 2.

Kate with Meghan Markle at Trooping the Colour (Credit: BBC)

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Kate took the summer off to bond with her three children, including newborn Louis, the latest heir to the throne, although she hasn’t been completely away from the public eye.

She attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s fairytale wedding in May.

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Kate with Prince William and newborn Prince Louis

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The duchess also made an appearance alongside other members of the royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony at Trooping the Colour in June to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

The palace confirmed in the spring that Kate would not return to official duties until the autumn, although the date was left unconfirmed.

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The duke and duchess on official royal business (Credit: FameFlynet)

It said her priority would be, understandably, to look after her three young children — five-year-old Prince George, Princess Charlotte, three, and five-month-old Louis.

She is expected to have a busy schedule in the coming weeks, with Princess Eugenie’s wedding on October 12.

Kate also marks World Mental Health Day every October as she champions mental health issues, especially those involving children.

The duchess at baby Louis’s christening in July

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The 36-year-old is expected to attend the Royal Festival of Remembrance and the laying of the wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day in November.

There is also the prospect of a state banquet during the state visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands to Buckingham Palace from October 23-24.

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