Prince William, Kate Middleton Attend First Event Since Engagement

Celebrity Body Dec. 18, 2010 AT 4:43PM
Prince William, Kate Middleton Attend First Event Since Engagement Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Stepping out publicly for the first time since announcing their engagement November 16, Prince William and Kate Middleton were all smiles as they attended a holiday fundraiser in Fakenham, England Saturday.

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Wearing a geometric black and white dress and a demure blazer, Middleton, 28, looked confident as she walked alongside the future King of England -- and with good reason.

"Kate was given royal assistance like no other girl has ever been given before entering the family," a palace insider recently told Us Weekly.

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According to Katie Nicholl, author of William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls, palace staff began showing Middleton footage of the late Princess Diana "getting out of a car and paparazzi going berserk, so that Kate would know how to deal with it. Now she already knows how this works."

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The future Princess will also receive tutorials on royal correspondence, public speaking, and "how to behave at banquets," Nicholl added.

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