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It was almost like Kate Middleton was born to be a princess. The Duchess of Cambridge pulled off her first solo royal engagement in London on Wednesday without a hitch, and impressed everyone in attendance.
Kate, 29, was a last-minute stand-in for her father-in-law, 62-year-old Prince Charles, who was supposed to host a dinner for his charity In Kind Direct. Charles, however, was pulled away at the last minute to pay his respects to the Saudi Arabian royal family in Riyadh following the death of the crown prince.
As a result, Kate only had 24 hours notice to prepare for the event, which was a dinner party for 30 guests held at London's Clarence House. The attendees, who support In Kind Direct -- a charity founded by Prince Charles that encourages companies to donate their surplus goods to other charities -- were informed that Charles was sorry to miss the dinner but was sending his "darling daughter-in-law" instead.
By all accounts, Kate was darling indeed.
"You would never know it was her first solo engagement. It was as if she had been trained by the Prince of Wales," the charity's chief executive, Robin Boles, told People. "She was completely natural, professional and charmed everyone. She spoke to every single guest and was genuinely interested, and interested in continuing to help."
In fact, Boles says that Middleton has already called her mother to ask that the Middleton family's event-planning company, Party Pieces, donate any surplus products they have.
"She was so pleased that her first solo engagement was for the Prince of Wales, who has shown her so much support over the years," a palace aide added. This may have been Kate's first solo engagement, but it certainly sounds like it won't be her last.