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Prince William and Kate Middleton announce first public engagement

Prince William and the former Kate Middleton, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will be guests of honor at the dinner of charity Absolute Return for Kids on June 9.

By Associated Press / June 1, 2011

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey in London in this April 29 photo.

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LONDON

Prince William and his new wife have chosen to attend a charity gala dinner as their first public engagement together as a married couple.

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William and the former Kate Middleton, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will be guests of honor at the dinner of charity Absolute Return for Kids on June 9.

William will deliver a speech to hundreds of guests — his first in public since his wedding on April 29.

About 900 guests will attend the charity event, which costs 10,000 pounds ($16,500) a head.

Absolute Return for Kids helps to improve educational and health care access for children from Europe to Africa and Asia.

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