Prince William & Kate Middleton Attend First Official Event Since Engagement

12/18/2010 at 03:45 PM EST

Prince William & Kate Middleton Attend First Official Event Since Engagement
Kate Middleton and Prince William
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Kate Middleton moved toward life as a
 working royal when she accompanied Prince
 William to a cancer charity event Saturday.

 The bash in Norfolk, England, marked the first time the couple, both 28, were seen at an official event since
 their engagement last month, though they attended a private lunch hosted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham 

 "Between now and the wedding there will 
be occasions when Catherine does shadow Prince William, to learn the ropes 
and see how things go," a palace source says.

officials have been stressing that, while senior members of the family and
 the royal household will help Middleton settle into her inevitable role, William 
has been taking the lead.

"William's a
 great teacher, so he'll be up to help me," Middleton said at her first photocall.

 And William said in the official TV interview that accompanied their engagement announcement that he wanted to "learn from lessons
 done in the past" to give his fiancée the "best chance to settle in
and to see what happens on the other side."

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