Royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton stepped out for a posh date night at the Tusk Conservation Awards at the Royal Society in London, England on Thursday (September 12).
Showing off her new mom glow, the Duchess looked radiant in a custom pale-gold sequin gown by Jenny Packham (with an estimated worth of $6,300 USD), accessorized with a pair of Jimmy Choo heels.
This marks the royal couple’s first formal event since welcoming son George on July 22, who was at home with the new nanny, Jessie Webb, the 71-year-old former nanny of William and his brother Harry.
“As you might have gathered, Catherine and I have recently become proud parents — of a baby who has a voice to match any lion’s roar!” the proud new dad spoke at the charitable event. “This is actually our first evening out without him, so please excuse us if you see us nervously casting cheeky glances at our mobile phone to check all is well back home.”
The Duke continued his speech at the fundraiser for Tusk Trust, an African wildlife conservation group.
“Like any new parents, our thoughts inevitably turn to the world that our child will inherit,” he said. “It is unfathomable to imagine a world in which children who have been born in the past couple of months may grow up in a world in which rhinoceros have ceased to live in the wild.”
William said that 35,000 elephants had been killed for their ivory tusks in the last year alone.
“The possibility of extinction is bad enough for one of our children growing up here in the West, who never experience the magic of seeing a rhino; or even for my own little George, who Catherine and I very much hope to introduce to east Africa — a place we know and love — in the fullness of time,” he shared.
He added: “But for a child growing up in Africa and whose birthright and economic inheritance these creatures are, it is nothing more than immoral that he or she may never experience what his parents and grandparents knew and treasured.”