LONDON — Newly minted royal Kate Middleton is on the hunt – no, not for foxes but for her own charity gig.

St. James’s Palace on Sunday confirmed that Kate – now formally known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – is spending the next few months exploring the charitable sector as she mulls what to make of her position at the top of British society. The move shows that Princess Kate is following a family tradition championed by Princess Diana, her late mother-in-law.

The idea is “to get to know a number of charitable and other causes better, so she can make well-informed decisions about her future role,” her spokesman said, declining to elaborate. “The duchess plans to meet a wide range of people and make private visits.”

‘Jaws’ repeats brat win

CINCINNATI — Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, the top-ranked competitive eater in the world and reigning king of the World Bratwurst Eating Championship, has defended his title in Cincinnati, washing down 35 brats in 10 minutes.

Chestnut told The Cincinnati Enquirer that he approaches the contest like a sport.

Chestnut, a construction manager in San Jose, Calif., said he prepares by fasting for two to three days before the contest, which took place at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, North America’s largest Oktoberfest.

For his victory over nine male competitors, Chestnut won $2,000 and a golden Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati chicken hat.