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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.

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Duchess cancels Malta visit due to morning sickness

The Duchess of Cambridge will not visit Malta this weekend because she is still suffering from acute morning sickness, Kensington Palace has announced.

The Duchess of Cambridge will not travel to Malta. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire/PA Images

The visit to Malta was going to be Kate's first solo overseas visit but Prince William will now take her place.

Kate has been forced to miss several recent public engagements since it was revealed the Royal couple are expecting their second child.

Her Royal Highness continues to suffer from the effects of Hyperemesis Gravidarum. The decision not to travel was taken by the Duke and Duchess on the advice of the Duchess's doctors. The Duke is honoured to represent Her Majesty The Queen on the visit, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Malta's Independence.

– Kensington Palace spokesperson

William's 'baby hint' was dispelled by Kate's drinking

During their last overseas trip Prince William appeared to 'drop hints' that Prince George could soon have a younger sibling.

When Cynthia Read presented the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with a lace shawl she had made for the young prince, William told her: "You might have to make another one soon."

The Duchess of Cambridge tastes some wine during a vineyard tour in New Zealand. Credit: Arthur Edwards/PA Wire

The presentation, on behalf of the New Zealand government, occurred during the couple’s sixth day of their royal tour.

The storm these comments made was quickly dispelled as the Duchess was seen shortly after enjoying a glass of wine and a white water boat ride.

Alex Salmond congratulates William and Kate

Leader of the SNP Alex Salmond has congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after it was announced they are expecting their second child. Mr Salmond used their Scottish titles to send his 'best wishes' to the couple.

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