Kate Middleton Shines in First Official Post-Baby Appearance

Kate Middleton has done it again!

The Duchess of Cambridge, 31, dazzled during her first official appearance — at Thursday's Tusk Conservation Awards in London — since she and Prince William, 31, welcomed Prince George in July.

The new mom was gorgeous and glowing in a gold floor-length Jenny Packham gown, which is sure to inspire many knockoffs. The custom dress accentuated her again-slender waistline, and her enviable locks cascaded down her shoulders just perfectly.

William, who completed his final day as a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot on Tuesday, looked effortlessly handsome in a black tux … as most men do.

The event was for the charity Tusk, which works to protect wildlife and alleviate poverty in Africa. The new dad, who has served as Royal Patron for the organization since 2005, presented two awards at the inaugural ceremony: the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, which is a lifetime achievement recognition, and the Tusk Conservation Award for Conservation in Africa, honoring a leading conservationist.

During his speech, William took the opportunity to give the audience what they wanted to hear — a tidbit about George. As it turns out, the couple's new addition continues to be quite the vocal baby.

"As you might have gathered, Catherine and I have recently become proud parents — of a baby who has a voice to match any lion's roar!" William told the crowd. "This is actually our first evening out without him, so please excuse us if you see us nervously casting cheeky glances at our mobile phone to check all is well back home."

Now that William has left the military after a seven-year stint, he will increase his official royal duties and charitable work, and this was the first step in that direction.

The new parents seemed to enjoy their night out without baby George, who is nearly two months old. But he is in very capable hands. It was reported earlier today that the couple tapped William's former nanny, 71-year-old Jessie Webb, to help out with their new addition.

And they must be confident in their decision because, judging by these photos, they didn't seem nervous at all.

[This story was originally published September 12, 2013, at 1:12 p.m. PT]

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