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OTRC: Kate Middleton attends first solo Royal charity event

Kate Middleton, formally known as the Duchess of Cambridge, attended her first solo charity event on Wednesday, October 26, at a dinner for In Kind Direct.

The Duchess stepped in for her father-in-law Prince Charles, according to People magazine, who had to pay his respects to Saudi Arabian Royal Family whose is mourning the loss of Crown Prince Sultan.

The charity In Kind Direct was founded by Prince Charles in 1996. It encourages companies to donate their surplus goods to charities. The dinner was held for 30 guests at Clearance House and guests were informed that Prince Charles was unable to attend but he would send his "darling daughter-in-law" in his place, according to the magazine.

"You would never know it was her first solo engagement. It was as if she had been trained by the Prince of Wales," Robin Boles, chief executive of In Kind Direct told People. She added that the 29-year-old was "completely natural, professional and charmed everyone. She spoke to every single guest and was genuinely interested, and interested in continuing to help."

Last month it was announced that Prince William and Kate are planning to open a children's cancer center at a hospital in their native United Kingdom.

William, the 29-year-old Duke of Cambridge, is the president of the Royal Marsden Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust. He and Kate will open the facility's new Oak Centre for Children and Young People on September 29, his office said in a statement.

The move comes amid reports that say that the 29-year-old Duchess of Cambridge has been researching potential charities to support formally. She appears to be following in the footsteps of her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, who was known for her global humanitarian efforts.

William married Kate Middlton in London on April 29 in a ceremony watched by millions of people around the world, including more than 22 million viewers in the United States.

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