Kate Middleton returns to the spotlight at BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards

Suzannah Ramsdale
by Suzannah Ramsdale
Kate Middleton - BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards
BBC Pictures

Kate Middleton made her return to the limelight for the first time since announcing her pregnancy at the BBC Sports Personality Awards last night.

The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge took to the stage at London's ExCeL Centre, alongside David Beckham, to hand Bradley Wiggins the main award as well as the lifetime achievement honour to Lord Sebastian Coe.

It was Kate's first public outing since leaving King Edward VII's Hospital in London on December 6 after being treated for severe morning sickness.

After the ceremony Duchess Kate, who looked radiant in an emerald green gown by Alexander McQueen, chatted to host Gary Linekar and told him she feeling 'very well.'

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Kate, 30, also spent time chatting to Sports Personality runner-up Jessica Ennis, who looked sensational in a red, floor-length, gown by Victoria Beckham.

There were serious doubts as to whether Kate Middleton would be able to attend last night's event, given that she has already missed two royal engagements - a Centrepoint Royal Albert Hall fundraiser and the British Military Tournament - due to her morning sickness.

'The Duchess attended tonight's show in her role as an official ambassador of Britain's Olympic and Paralympic team following a long-standing invitation from the BBC,' St James' Palace said in a statement.

'The Duke of Cambridge missed the event as he remains in Anglesey in his role as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.' a spokesman added.

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