Duchess of Cambridge stands in for Prince Charles

The Duchess of Cambridge In Kind Direct was founded by the Prince of Wales in 1996

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The Duchess of Cambridge has carried out her first official solo engagement by standing in for her father-in-law at a charity dinner at Clarence House.

The Prince of Wales had been due to attend Wednesday's private reception, held in aid of In Kind Direct, one of the charities he founded.

But he pulled out to visit Riyadh to offer condolences to the Saudi royal family, after the Crown Prince's death.

A palace aide said Princess Catherine's engagement went "very well".

"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," he said.

The duchess wore a pale empire-line dress at the reception, which was attended by about 30 guests.

A St James's Palace spokesman said: "The Duchess of Cambridge was delighted to be able to step in for her father-in-law, the Prince of Wales, to celebrate the work of In Kind Direct at the dinner."

The event was held to thank supporters of the charity, which redistributes surplus goods from manufacturers and retailers to UK charities working in Britain and abroad.

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