William and Kate attend ‘African Cats’ premiere in London

By April Chieffo,

After a few weeks of attending events on her own due to her husband’s 6-week deployment to the Falkland Islands, which ended in March, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out with her husband, Prince William, for the London premiere of Disney’s African Cats.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the UK premiere of "African Cats" at BFI Southbank in London on April 25, 2012. UPI/Paul Treadway

According to Us Weekly, Prince William and his wife attended the rainy premiere on Wednesday at the BFI Southbank Theater for the Tusk Trust charity. William has been a patron of the conservation charity since 2005. William, dressed in a suit, held an umbrella for Kate, who was wearing a gray Matthew Williamson dress, as they made their way down the red carpet.

African Cats documents the lives of lions and cheetahs living in Africa. William was a big fan of the film.

"Wow, that was amazing. I'm emotionally exhausted,” he said. “There's more drama in that than EastEnders [a British soap opera]."

But Prince William didn’t just attend the premiere to see the film, his job was to spread awareness about the poachers in Africa.

"African Cats shows graphically the battle for survival facing every lion and cheetah born in the wild. The natural challenges are formidable enough, without man’s interference. Loss of natural habitat, due to encroachment by human beings, is the principal reason that there are today around just 25,000 lions remaining in the African bush – 50 per cent less than 20 years ago,” he said in a speech, according to The Daily Beast.

William also wanted to bring attention to elephants and rhinoceros’ and explain that they, too, are being illegally poached.

Prince William has a lot of stories from Africa. According to The Daily Beast, he worked on an African reserve in 2001. It is also the place where he proposed to his wife Kate Middleton. The couple will celebrate their 1-year anniversary on Sunday.

“Spread the word about the work of Tusk and other organizations engaged in this battle to preserve Africa’s unique natural heritage. … There is nowhere more awe-inspiring or beautiful than the vast plains of Kenya’s Maasai Mara,” he continued, according to ABC News.” … We have to preserve places like this … not just for us, but for future generations.”

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