Duchess of Cambridge pulls out of awards event ‘due to the children’

The Duchess of Cambridge has cancelled an appearance at an awards ceremony due to an undisclosed matter relating to her children.

Kate was due to join husband William at the Tusk Conservation Awards event in London on Thursday evening, but pulled out just a few hours ahead of its start.

Kensington Palace said the Cambridges would be meeting the finalists during the afternoon, suggesting the children's health was not the reason behind the cancellation.

A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: "The duchess is no longer able to attend the Tusk awards due to the children.

"She will still however meet finalists at a tea at Kensington Palace this afternoon. The duke as patron will attend both."

The duke and duchess have three children, eldest son Prince George, aged six, daughter Princess Charlotte, aged four, and their youngest child Prince Louis, who is almost 19-months-old.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the Royal Variety Performance, at the London Palladium. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the Royal Variety Performance, at the London Palladium. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the Royal Variety Performance, at the London Palladium. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the Royal Variety Performance, at the London Palladium. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the London Palladium in central London to attend the Royal Variety Performance.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the London Palladium in central London to attend the Royal Variety Performance.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the London Palladium in central London to attend the Royal Variety Performance.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the London Palladium in central London to attend the Royal Variety Performance.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium on November 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium on November 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets the cast of Mary Poppins including Petula Clark (in the beige hat) as he attends the Royal Variety Performance at Palladium Theatre on November 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Royal Variety Performance at Palladium Theatre on November 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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