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Kate Middleton to return to royal duties with several upcoming engagements planned

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The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, has maintained a low profile since the birth of her daughter Princess Charlotte in May, and now the mother-of-two will make a gradual return to the public eye over the coming weeks as she resumes a limited programme of public engagements.Kate will make her first official engagement on 17 September when she pays a visit to the Anna Freud Centre. The very next day she will join her husband, Prince William, and brother-in-law, Prince Harry, at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup which kicks off at Twickenham, and is also said to be planning to attend other unconfirmed tournament events.

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The Duchess of Cambridge will make a gradual return to the public eye with upcoming engagements

William and Kate will also undertake several joint engagements together, according to reports, including visits to Dundee and North Wales in Late October and late November respectively.Kate's first visit to the the Anna Freud Centre is understood to be the start of a series of appointments designed to focus on mental health issues in children and young adults.It is an area on which she intends to focus much of her public work in the coming months, with another engagement later this month and many more beyond, according to palace sources.

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Kate's first engagement will take place on 17 September when she visits the Anna Freud Centre

The Duchess is a patron of various children's charities and has previously urged members of the public to focus on the issue of mental health – particularly for children and young people.In March she released a statement to mark the Time to Mind campaign – a project set up by The Times that calls on greater investment in child mental health services.Kate, 33, has spent recent months at her and William's newly renovated family home Anmer Hall with their newborn and two-year-old son Prince George.

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William and Kate together with baby Princess Charlotte in May

William, meanwhile, has taken up his new role as a pilot with East Anglian Air Ambulance service.As well as increasing their presence nationwide, the royal couple also look set to make an official overseas visit in the new year, a source has told HELLO!. Disappointing royal fans worldwide, the source said it is unlikely that baby Charlotte and her big brother Prince George would be joining their parents on the trip in 2016.