Kate Middleton meets Tusk Conservation Awards finalists at Kensington Palace - before MISSING the evening ceremony after one of her children falls ill and she 'can't find childcare'

  • Duchess of Cambridge, 37, pulled out of attending the Tusk Awards last night 
  • The royal did not join her husband Prince William because 'of the children'
  • But Kate did attend a private reception for nominees and finalists yesterday
  • Couple shared photos from the event, with Kate donning a Beulah London dress 

The Duchess of Cambridge was forced to pull out of a glitzy awards ceremony last night due to 'childcare problems'.

Kate had to make her apologies after deciding to miss the Tusk Conservation Awards at the last minute, causing Prince William to attend the event solo. 

Instead, Kate was forced to stay at home to look after their three children, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and one-year-old Prince Louis.

It is understood one of the children was not feeling well and Kate felt she needed to stay behind as no one else could step in, although no official explanation was given.

Kate appeared to be in good spirits at a private reception at Kensington Palace just hours before the scheduled event. 

Kate attended at a private reception for Tusk Award nominees and finalists at Kensington Palace yesterday afternoon before she missed the awards ceremony due to 'childcare issues'

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared photos of a private reception they hosted for Tusk Award nominees and finalists at Kensington Palace yesterday afternoon

Kate pictured at the event, which was held shortly before a Kensington Palace spokesperson announced the Duchess would not attend the formal awards ceremony 'due to the children'

Kate pictured at the event, which was held shortly before a Kensington Palace spokesperson announced the Duchess would not attend the formal awards ceremony 'due to the children'

Certainly the Duchess appeared to be in good spirits at the private reception, pictured, before she cancelled her evening event

Certainly the Duchess appeared to be in good spirits at the private reception, pictured

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The Duchess of Cambridge might have missed the Tusk Awards last night, but she did have the chance to meet the winners for tea at Kensington Palace ahead of the ceremony.

She repeated a forest green Beulah London dress for the occasion. It's a brand she's worn a lot over the years and it's easy to see why. This perfectly tailored number is the height of sophistication!

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She looked typically polished in a favourite green dress by Beulah London as she mingled with nominees and finalists.  

The duchess paired her dress with a pair of simple gold hoops and wore her brunette locks in a signature bouncy blow dry.  

There was widespread speculation surrounding Kate's last-minute cancellation, which was out of character for the dutiful Duchess. 

The Cambridges' most prominent nanny is Maria Borrallo, who joined the royal household in 2014 when Prince George was just eight months old.  

Prince William, 37, and Kate Middleton's, 37, hands-on parenting and stripped back staff could be the reason behind Kate's absence at an evening awards event last night. Pictured: Maria with the Cambridges and the Queen at Princess Charlotte's christening in July 2015

The Cambridges' most prominent nanny is Maria Borrallo (shown with the Queen, the Cambridges and Prince George in 2015)

Who is the Cambridges' nanny Maria Borrallo?

The Cambridges' most prominent nanny is Maria Borrallo, who joined the royal household in 2014 when Prince George was just eight months old.

Originally from Spain, Ms Borrallo lives at Kensington Palace with the family. 

Ms Borrallo trained at the prestigious Norland College which has been producing childminders for the rich and famous since 1892.

The institution's students are known for their distinctive uniforms and are schooled in all aspects of looking after youngsters during their three-year degree course.

The training costs £36,000 in total and the college in Bath recently added martial arts training and stunt driving to its curriculum to cater for modern clients - many of whom are celebrities and the super-rich.

Tae Kwon-Do is believed to be the martial art of choice - which has been specially adapted to include how to dodge a potential kidnapped with a pram.

Nannies are also trained in how to deal with paparazzi and are taken to Castle Combe Racing Circuit in Wiltshire to perfect their driving skills and learn how to drive at high speed in any weather condition.

Trained at the prestigious Norland College, Borrallo lives at Kensington Palace with the family, but she was seemingly unable to look after the children last night.

By comparison, Prince Harry and Meghan are already onto their third nanny since the birth of baby Archie in May.

The couple are said to have found a good match with their current nanny, who is yet to be officially named.

The first nanny employed by the couple was reportedly not kept on over reports she was 'unprofessional', and the second was only employed to work night shifts. 

Instead of joining her husband at the event in London's Leicester Square last night, Kate met the award finalists earlier in the day for tea at Kensington Palace. 

William was met at the event by Sir Kenneth Olisa, the Lord Lieutenant of London, before walking the green carpet.

Welcoming the prince during the ceremony, Tusk chief executive Charlie Mayhew told him: 'From the outset you have taken such a close personal interest in the individuals that we look to recognise each year.

'I know how much the finalists appreciated meeting you and the duchess in private today. 

'It means a great deal to them that you both care so much about preserving the natural world.'

Prince William attended the Tusk Conservation Awards in London alone this evening, after his wife Kate was forced to miss the event 'due to the children'

Prince William attended the Tusk Conservation Awards in London alone this evening, after his wife Kate was forced to miss the event 'due to the children'

Kensington Palace suddenly cancelled the Duchess of Cambridge's attendance this afternoon, citing an undisclosed matter relating to Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one. Pictured: Prince William at the event
Kensington Palace suddenly cancelled the Duchess of Cambridge's attendance this afternoon, citing an undisclosed matter relating to Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one. Pictured: Prince William at the event
Kensington Palace suddenly cancelled the Duchess of Cambridge's attendance this afternoon, citing an undisclosed matter relating to Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one. Pictured: Prince William at the event

Kensington Palace suddenly cancelled the Duchess of Cambridge's attendance this afternoon, citing an undisclosed matter relating to Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one. Pictured: Prince William at the event

William looked dapper as he arrived to cheers and loud drumming from the UK-based Ghanaian band One Drum.

As patron of the charity, he presented three awards at the ceremony to mark conservation efforts in Africa.

Last night Prince William looked dashing in a royal blue suit with a white shirt and textured tie as he arrived at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square for the awards this evening, before joining a reception at the National Portrait Gallery. 

It has been a difficult week for the Royal Family; yesterday Prince Andrew announced he is stepping back from public duties 'for the forseeable future', over his involvement with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. 

The Duke of Cambridge stands to watch a performance by a traditional African music group as he arrives for the Tusk Conservation Awards in Leicester Square

The Duke of Cambridge stands to watch a performance by a traditional African music group as he arrives for the Tusk Conservation Awards in Leicester Square

Prince William shows his appreciation for the traditional African music as he arrives to attend The Tusk Conservation Awards presentation ceremony

Prince William shows his appreciation for the traditional African music as he arrives to attend The Tusk Conservation Awards presentation ceremony

Kate Middleton pulls out of Tusk Awards for childcare reasons

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