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Pregnant Kate looks healthy in first public appearance

Published: 8:29AM Monday December 17, 2012 Source: ONE News

The Duchess of Cambridge has attended her first public engagement since she was hospitalised for acute morning sickness.

Duchess Catherine, who is expecting her first child with husband Prince William, took to the stage at the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year Awards in London today.

She presented the main award and lifetime achievement honour at the ceremony, which saw Britain's top sports stars gather to celebrate a year of sporting achievement hailed as the nation's greatest ever, in the wake of the Olympic Games.

Catherine handed gold-medal winning cyclist Bradley Wiggins the trophy for Sports Personality of the Year at the glitzy bash.

Dressed in a floor-length Alexander McQueen green dress, the Duchess smiled broadly throughout the presentation, and appeared much recovered from the crippling illness which saw her rushed to hospital.

It was the first time Catherine, 30, has been seen in public since leaving the exclusive King Edward VII Hospital on December 6. She spent three days at the private clinic after being admitted with hyperemesis gravidarum.

She was forced to pull out of other Royal engagements because of the condition.

The Duchess attended the awards in her role as an official ambassador of Britain's Olympic and Paralympic team.

Royal aides are reported as saying Catherine was keen to attend the prestigious bash to pay tribute to the achievements of British sportsmen and women.

However, it is believed she only stayed for 45 minutes, before returning to her Kensington Palace home, where she continues her recuperation.

Prince William has returned to Wales, where he is back on duty as an RAF search and rescue pilot.

Christmas with the Middletons

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Catherine will not spend her Christmas holidays with the Royal family.

As she is still recovering from her period of hospitalisation, she wants to be with her family, the Middletons. She will spend Christmas at the family home in Berkshire, south-east England, instead of accompanying William to the Royal estate of Sandringham in Norfolk, east England.

"As things stand, Catherine and her family do not feel confident about her going to Norfolk. They would rather that she stays a quick drive away from hospital," a source told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

However, Prince William is said to be unsure whether to spend Christmas Day with his wife, or join the rest of his family at Sandringham, though he will spend part of the festive period there.

"William will probably go to Sandringham, but they are not sure whether he will go for Christmas Day or later in the holiday," the insider added.

A royal aide said it is currently "too early" to know which Royals will be spending Christmas at Sandringham.

They added to The Sun newspaper: "The only Royal Family we would definitely say are staying are the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh."

- with BANG Showbiz