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Prince William attended the Tusk Conservation Awards in London alone this evening, after his wife Kate was forced to miss the event 'due to the children'.
Kensington Palace suddenly cancelled the Duchess of Cambridge's attendance this afternoon, citing an undisclosed matter relating to Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one.
Spokesman - Absence - Children - Details - Issue
A spokesman said the absence was 'due to the children' but declined to give further details. It is not believed the issue is to do with the health of the children and Kate did join William in meeting the finalists this afternoon.
Prince William looked dashing in a royal blue suit with a white shirt and textured tie as he arrived at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square for the awards this evening, before joining a reception at the National Portrait Gallery.
Week - Royal - Family - Yesterday - Prince
It has been a difficult week for the Royal Family; yesterday Prince Andrew announced he is stepping back from public duties 'for the forseeable future', over his involvement with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
But the strain certainly didn't show as the Duke grinned and smiled while greeting guests and nominees at the star-studded ceremony.
Tusk - Conservation - Awards - Achievements - People
The annual Tusk Conservation Awards celebrate the achievements of extraordinary people, whose work protecting Africa's natural heritage might otherwise go unnoticed outside their fields.
The Duke of Cambridge will present three awards before delivering a short speech. William has previously said of the event: 'These awards which mean a great deal to me personally, play a huge part in our mission to preserve Africa's precious wildlife for its people.
'It - Dedication - Heroes - Bravery - Rangers
'It is vital that we recognise the dedication of these unsung heroes and the bravery of rangers risking their lives, day and night, on conservation's frontline. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude.'
Celebrities in attendance at the awards...
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