The Duchess of Cambridge has cancelled her appearance at the Tusk Conservation Awards Kensington Palace confirms. Instead, Prince William will arrive solo at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, tonight.
Kate was set to attend the event with Prince William, but according to reports she was no longer able to go to the event “due to the children”.
Still, she will meet finalists at a tea at Kensington Palace on Thursday afternoon.
Tusk Conservation Awards it’s an annual event which celebrates the achievements of extraordinary people, whose work protecting Africa’s natural heritage might otherwise go unnoticed outside their fields.
It’s a particularly meaningful night for Prince William as The Tusk Trust is one of his key charities, and he’s been a royal patron since 2005. He has actively supported the charity’s work both privately and publicly on many occasions and last year visited Tusk projects in Namibia and Tanzania.
Also, it’s likely that this charity has a special place in his heart as his mom Princess Diana was a patron of the Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage; an organization similar to the Tusk Trust that rescues and cares for orphaned, abandoned, and sick wild animals.
“[My mother, Diana] would come back [from Africa] with all these stories and full of excitement and just passion for what she’d been doing,” William said in a 2013 interview with CNN.
“I applaud her for all her dedication and drive in doing that. And it was that, I think, that infectious enthusiasm and the energy that she had that really rubbed off on me.”
Prince William has been a regular at the event for a number of years, and Kate has joined him too in 2013 and 2018.
Last year, the Duchess was glowing in her teal floor length lace gown by Jenny Packham which she had initially worn back in 2012 to a gala event at the Royal Albert Hall. It was fitting that Kate chose to recycle a dress for an event focused on conservation efforts.