In her first public appearance since being hospitalized for acute morning sickness, Kate Middleton presented two awards at last night's BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in London.
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The Duchess, who was often seen cheering in the stands at the 2012 Olympic Games, took the stage to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sebastian Coe, the chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. Later, she handed the award for Sports Personality of the Year to cyclist Bradley Wiggins (above, center).
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Doctors, however, have warned Kate that her severe bouts with morning sickness can return any time, so Middleton only stayed at the ceremony for approximately 45 minutes to show her support and mingle with other notable presenters such as soccer star David Beckham. As a royal senior source explained, "While the Duchess does not feel ready to attend a four-hour engagement, she is keen to show her support to the UK’s sportsmen and women at this prestigious event which caps a momentous year for British sport."
And as Kate seems to prove in the photos below, she's a bit of a "British sport" herself. Have a look at the Duchess engaging in her favorite athletic pursuits:
Field Hockey at St. Andrew's
Britain's Catherine Duchess of Cambridge (front row, center) is seen in an undated hockey team photograph taken during her time at her former preparatory school, St. Andrew's, which she attended from 1986 to 1995.
Tennis at St. Andrew's
Middleton (back row, 3rd from left) is again seen in a undated team photograph (tennis) )taken during her time at St. Andrew's, located near Pangbourne in Berkshire, southern England.
Dragon Boat Races
The Duchess of Cambridge paddles in the last position of a dragon boat on Dalvay Lake in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, on July 4, 2011.
Field Hockey at Olympic Park
Kate Middleton plays hockey with the GB hockey teams at the Riverside Arena in the Olympic Park in London on March 15, 2012.
Children's Sports Event
The Duchess of Cambridge throws a foam javelin at a children's sports event during her visit to Vernon Park in Nottingham, on June 13, 2012.
Table Tennis at Bacon's College
Kate plays table tennis during a visit to Bacon's college in London on July 26, 2012, one day before the Olympics opening ceremony.
Judo Match at Bacon's College
Britain's Duchess of Cambridge judges a judo match during a visit to Bacon's college in Rotherhithe, London, on July 26, 2012.
Soccer at Bacon's College
Kate controls a ball next to Prince William during a visit to Bacon's college in London on July 26, 2012.
At the Paralympics
Middleton leaves the Copper Box stadium after watching Great Britain play Lithuania in goalball at the London 2012 Paralympic Games on August 30, 2012.
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William hike through a rainforest in Danum Valley Research Center in Danum Valley, Sabah, on September 15, 2012.
Field Hocket at St. Andrew's
Kate plays field hockey on November 30, 2012, during a visit to her former preparatory school, St. Andrew's.