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Duchess of Cambridge announces new engagements as she continues return to royal duties

The Duchess of Cambridge has announced a series of new engagements as she continues to return to royal life since giving birth to Prince George in July.

Kate will join husband Prince William on November 19 when they visit the charity Only Connect’s head office in London.

The new parents will speak to staff at the charity which focuses on crime prevention and hear how the organisation supports ex-offenders and those who are at risk of offending.

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During the engagement, which will be the couple’s third engagement together since the birth of their son, they will be shown how Only Connect works with other organisations to improve and expand.

The Duke and Duchess will then visit two sister projects at the head office, first Bounce Back, which works with prisons and secondly Handmade Alliance, which helps prisons learn skills such as textile making. William and Kate will then be treated to a dance performance before they leave.

A day later, the Duchess of Cambridge will attend Place2Be’s ‘Resilience and Emotional Strength in Schools’ forum at the offices of Clifford Chance in Canary Wharf.

Kate, who is patron of the charity, will listen and meet with the event’s speakers on the day. The Duchess announced in April that she would be working with Place2Be, which provides support to more than 65,000 children across the United Kingdom dealing with issues including bullying, domestic violence, neglect and trauma.

“The challenges facing children in today’s society can seem overwhelming,” Kate said in a letter after it was announced she would become patron. “Issues such as addiction, poverty, abuse and neglect, loss and illness of family members can have a long lasting and traumatic impact.”

The Duchess added that she had been “struck by the vital need for early intervention” to support children and young people, adding it was a “huge privilege” to be offered the chance to work with the charity.

Since giving birth to Prince George in late July, Kate has slowly been returning to royal duties.

In late August, she made a surprise early return when she joined Prince William at the start of the Anglesey Ring O’Fire marathon. It was believed the Duchess made a last minute decision to join her husband as a thank you to the people of Anglesey for their support during the couple’s stay on the island.

Two weeks later, Kate dazzled in a Jenny Packham dress as she arrived on the red carpet for the Tusk Trust Conservation Awards at the Royal Society. During the evening, William joked he and Kate would be keeping an eye on their mobile phones to “check everything is okay” back home.

In mid-October the Duchess attended her first solo engagement when she visited the Olympic park, where she spent the day with young athletes watching them play and joined them for a series of workshops.

A week later, on October 23, the Duke and Duchess were joined by close family and friends for Prince George’s christening.

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