Britain's Kate handles first solo royal engagement

October 27, 2011 - 1:40 PM
Britain Royals

In this handout photo provided by Clarence House, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, right, speaks to guests as she attends an event in support of the 'In Kind Direct' charity at Clarence House London Wednesday Oct. 26, 2011 . The Duchess of Cambridge handled her first solo duties since her wedding to Prince William acting as a last minute stand in for father-in-law Prince Charles at a charity dinner in aid of 'In Kind Direct.' (AP Photo/ Paul Burns/Clarence House )

LONDON (AP) — Britain's royal family says the Duchess of Cambridge has handled her first solo duties since her wedding to Prince William — acting as a last-minute stand-in for father-in-law Prince Charles at a charity dinner.

The young royal hosted an event Wednesday night in aid of In Kind Direct, a charity supported by the heir to the British throne, at London's Clarence House.

St. James's Palace said Thursday the duchess had been "delighted to be able to step in" and greet the 30 guests attending the reception.

Charles had traveled to Saudi Arabia for the state funeral of crown prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.

William and the duchess plan to travel to Denmark next week to visit a U.N. center that distributes emergency supplies to East Africa.