24.09.2021

Pregnant Duchess of Cambridge returns to royal duties

The Duchess of Cambridge tonight made her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy last month.

The 35-year-old royal, who has not been seen in public since August 30, joined Prince William, 35, and Prince Harry, 33, to co-host a glittering Buckingham Palace reception recognising the work of mental health workers.

The mother-to-be looked radiant in a £795 powder blue dress by Temperley London which showed just the smallest hint of a baby bump.

Kate, who is understood to have a due date in spring, has not attended an official engagement for six weeks after being struck down by the same severe strand of morning sickness that she suffered while pregnant with Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte.

An aide revealed the duchess is still suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) but that her condition is improving.

Returning to royal duties: The Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince William and Prince Harry to co-host a Buckingham Palace reception tonight. The mother-to-be wore Temperley London

Returning to royal duties: The Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince William and Prince Harry to co-host a Buckingham Palace reception tonight. The mother-to-be wore Temperley London

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the reception tonight

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the reception tonight

The Duchess of Cambridge tonight made her first public appearance since announcing she is pregnant with her third child last month

The Duchess of Cambridge tonight made her first public appearance since announcing she is pregnant with her third child last month

Look ladylike in lace like the Duchess in Temperley London

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared for the first time tonight since breaking the news of her third child, appearing at Buckingham Palace for the World Mental Health day reception.

Usual thrifty Kate had gone against the norm and splashed out on a new dress for the event in a pretty blue hue.

The elegant pick is by Temperley London and has an all over lace design with flared cuffs and pretty pleats which are spliced with cotton panels. We love the velvet ties and button details in contrasting black that really sets it off with a baroque feel.

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The aide said: ‘The Duchess’ condition is improving but she is still suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. She is delighted to be able to be here tonight.’

She appeared to be in excellent spirits as she greeted guests alongside her husband and brother-in-law in one of the palace’s opulent reception rooms. 

Guests at the event included former Dame Esther Rantzen, model Adwoa Aboah and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Kensington Palace has not yet confirmed her due date but she is believed to be coming up to her 12-week mark.  

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared to be showing the smallest hint of a baby bump tonight

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared to be showing the smallest hint of a baby bump tonight

The mother-to-be looked radiant in a £795 powder blue dress by Temperley L ondon which showed just the smallest hint of a baby bump

The event tonight is being held to mark World Mental Health Day – will recognise the progress, hard work and dedication of those determined to raise awareness of mental health issues over many years. 

William, Kate and Harry have supported the issue with their Heads Together mental health campaign that has been encouraging people to speak out about their psychological problems or be a sympathetic ear for others.

Kensington Palace announced on September 4 that Kate was expecting her third child and, like previous pregnancies with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, was suffering from severe morning sickness.

The Duchess is thought to be less than 12 weeks’ pregnant with her bout of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) forcing her to pull out of an event at the beginning of September which prompted the palace to make the pregnancy announcement early.

Earlier today William and Harry will hosted a reception at St James’s Palace to celebrate the impact of their Heads Together campaign, and to thank all those who played a key role in its success. 

Guests at the event included Dame Esther Rantzen

Former Deputy PM Nick Clegg

Guests at the event included Dame Esther Rantzen, left, and former Deputy PM Nick Clegg

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