Kate Middleton got back to her royal duties last night, attending London's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. She had the honor of passing out the evening's top prizes of lifetime achievement to runner-turned-politician Sebastian Coe and sports personality of the year to this year's honoree, bicyclist Bradley Wiggins. Kate donned a long, green Alexander McQueen gown with a slit in the front.
The outing was Kate's first public event since she left a London hospital, where she received treatment for acute morning sickness, on Dec. 6. Her husband Prince William, however, has been busy. He attended the UK premiere of The Hobbit Wednesday, in addition to last week's Winter Whites Gala. William wasn't able to attend the BBC event since he's back in Wales, working for the Royal Air Force.
Kate did share the stage with one of her husband's good friends, however. She spent time talking with pal David Beckham, who was honored to see the Duchess of Cambridge attend. He wrote on Facebook, following the show, "Just had a great night at BBC Sports Personality Awards. There were so many incredible performances, it was a shame there could only be 1 winner. Congratulations to Bradley Wiggins and all the other winners."