Duchess Kate pulls out of Tusk Conservation Awards at the last minute

By Zach Harper

Prince William and Duchess Kate were due to attend the gala for the Tusk Conservation Awards on Nov. 21, but now the Duke of Cambridge will be at the event by himself.

Kensington Palace announced the Duchess of Cambridge would not make an appearance at the awards in the evening “due to the children” – but she still met finalists for tea at the Cambridges’s home of Kensington Palace on the afternoon of Nov. 20. No other information was given.

William also made a speech at the 2018 Tusk Conservation Awards. Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Tusk Trust

William, who has a long history of supporting conservation efforts, has been a patron of Tusk since 2005. He will present three awards at the gala before making a speech. According to People, they include: the Tusk Award for Conservation, which goes to an emerging leader in conservation; the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award, which recognizes those who protect African wildlife; and the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, which goes to someone with a lifetime of commitments to conservation.

This was scheduled to be the duke and duchess’s second joint appearance this week. On Nov. 18, they stepped out to the Royal Variety Performance together in London.

Kate has been very busy over the last week. In addition to her Royal Variety Performance appearance with William, she also helped open a new East Anglia Children’s Hospice on Nov. 15. She also held an early years meeting at Kensington Palace on Nov. 20, according to her diary.

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