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Kate set for first official engagement since second pregnancy announced

Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to take part in her first royal engagement today since news that she was pregnant with her second child was announced.

The Queen along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to formally welcome the president of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam as he begins a historic state visit.

He is the first Singaporean head of state to make a state trip to Britain and he will spend his four-day trip conducting a busy round of meetings, visits and hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister David Cameron.

It will be the first time the Duchess of Cambridge has been seen at an official engagement since it was announced that she is expecting her second child.

A series of royal engagements was cancelled after her pregnancy was made public on September 8 as she was suffering from another bout of the of the illness hyperemesis gravidarum which affected her during her first pregnancy.


Duchess of Cambridge named Royal Patron of 1851 Trust

The Duchess of Cambridge has been named as a Royal Patron of sailing charity The 1851 Trust.

The Duchess of Cambridge with multiple Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie. Credit: PA Wire

"I am delighted to be Royal Patron of The 1851 Trust. I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed sailing from a young age and I know it is a great way of providing young people with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence," the Duchess of Cambridge said.

"It is a hugely exciting time for sailing as the British challenger bids to bring the America's Cup back to Britain. I am looking forward to being part of this journey and I hope that through the 1851 Trust we can engage and inspire a new generation into sailing along the way."

Kensington Palace said the patronage reflected the Duchess's personal interests in sailing and in supporting children to "build their skills, confidence and aspirations".

The 1851 Trust is also supported by multiple Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie.

Kate set for first official engagement since pregnancy announcement

The Duchess of Cambridge will meet the president of Singapore in her first official engagement since she was struck down with severe morning sickness, Buckingham Palace said.

The Duchess of Cambridge is set to meet the president of Singapore. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Kate and William will formally welcome Tony Tan when he makes a four-day visit to the UK from October 21.

The Duchess, who is expecting her second child, is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum which she experienced during her first pregnancy.

It was announced on September 8 that Kate was pregnant for the second time and had the illness leading to a series of engagements being cancelled.

The Duchess hopes to meet Mr Tan but her attendance will be reviewed closer to the time, the Press Association understands.

Cameron set to make 'purring' apology to Queen tonight

David Cameron is Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

David Cameron is expected to make his promised apology to the Queen tonight for disclosing she "purred" when he told her the result of the Scottish independence referendum.

The red-faced Prime Minister is understood to have an audience at Buckingham Palace later this evening - his first face-to-face meeting with the Queen since his indiscretion.

Mr Cameron has said he is "very embarrassed" for letting slip the Queen's relief at a No vote last month during a conversation with New York mayor Michael Bloomberg which was picked up by TV microphones.

Mr Cameron's comments were particularly embarrassing as they appeared to reveal the Queen's private views on such a politically-sensitive issue.

But by convention, prime ministers never discuss details of their discussions with the Queen, which are supposed to remain private.

Read more: PM: Queen 'purred down the line' when he told her Scotland result

Royal hoax DJ to talk about radio pranks at industry event

One of the Australian DJs behind the hoax call which resulted in the death of a nurse at a hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge is to give a cautionary tale to radio industry figures about on-air pranks.

Mel Greig, who apologised for her part in the incident in 2012, will take part in Radio Festival 2014 next week.

Mel Greig Credit: AAP Image/Southern Cross Austereo Sydney

DJ Melanie Greig posed as the Queen when Jacintha Saldanha answered the call and believing it to be genuine, put the it through to the nurse in charge of Kate and it was then played on air by Greig and her fellow shock-jock Michael Christian.

She will be interviewed by broadcaster Daisy McAndrew at the festival Festival in Salford next week.

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