Britain's Kate makes first appearance since royal birth

Britain's Kate makes first appearance since royal birth

LONDON, England - Prince William's wife Catherine on Friday attended her first public event since giving birth to their son five weeks ago.

But there was no sign of Prince George himself - now third in line to the British throne - as the couple attended a sports event on the Welsh island of Anglesey, where William is based as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot.

Wearing black jeans and a grey-green jacket with her long brown hair loose, Catherine was described as looking "absolutely gorgeous" by locals who had come to watch the start of the gruelling three-day Ring O' Fire race around Anglesey's rugged coast.

She told one onlooker that she had left baby George with his grandmother, Carole Middleton, for the day.

"I said 'How's he (George) doing?' She said 'He's doing really well, he's with his grandma'," said Ms Sarah Bingham, whose husband founded the race.

"They are both really lovely people, really genuine. It was nice to speak to her after what Kate's just been through. She looks wonderful, doesn't she?"

Members of the public said Catherine, 31, appeared to be taking well to motherhood.

"We were talking about the joy she was having from George and how quick he was changing, she couldn't quite believe it. She's enjoying every minute of it," said Ms Marian Wyn-Jones.

"He's getting quite huge, she said."

William, who is second in line to the throne after his father Prince Charles, rang a bell to start the race and clapped with his wife as the runners set off.

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