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William And Kate's Evening Away From George
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent their first evening together away from Prince George - but admitted they were armed with mobile phones "to check all is well".
The couple attended a black-tie awards dinner hosted by the Tusk Trust, which recognised efforts made in conservation, for their first joint evening engagement since their son was born in July.
In a speech to guests at the ceremony, Prince William admitted: "This is actually our first evening out without him (Prince George), so please excuse us if you see us nervously casting surreptitious glances at our mobile phones to check all is well back home."
To a ripple of laughter and applause, he added: "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!"
William also alluded to a possible trip the entire family may make to Africa in the near future.
"The possibility of extinction is bad enough for one of our children growing up here in the West, who will never experience the magic of seeing a rhino on a new television documentary; or even for my own dear George, who Catherine and I very much hope to introduce to east Africa, a place we know and love, in the fullness of time."
New mum Kate arrived at the central London dinner wearing a silver sequined dress by Jenny Packham and was seated next to Tusk's chief executive Charlie Mayhew.
"The Duke of Cambridge has had such an impact on Tusk and the world of conservation in general in recent years," said the charity's co-founder.
"Goodness knows the difference he and the Duchess can make now the Prince plans to focus more of his time on what is one of his passions," added Mr Mayhew.
Broadcaster and fellow conservationist Ben Fogle put the Duke's passion into perspective.
"It's simple. Prince William loves Africa. It's where he proposed to Catherine, it's where he spent his gap year and it's where he found himself. He can use his fame to make a real difference there."
The conservation awards dinner fell on the same day the Duke of Cambridge announced he had ended his military career.
Kensington Palace said William would "continue to support the work of the Queen and the Royal Family through a programme of official engagements, both at home and overseas, with the Duchess of Cambridge".
"The Duke is currently considering a number of options for public service, a further announcement on which will follow in due course," the palace added.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George are expected to move into their official residence at Kensington Palace within the next few weeks.