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It was announced today that Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge will make another solo official appearance later this month.

Catherine has kept a relatively low-profile since she was hospitalised for severe morning sickness last year. Today it was confirmed that Prince William’s wife will visit the charity Action on Addiction in the UK on February 19.

Catherine will be almost halfway through her first pregnancy by the time she makes the solo appearance and royal fans will no doubt be eagerly trying to spot her baby bump.

However, it is possible that someone with Catherine’s slim frame may not be showing at 20 weeks.

During her visit to Hope House, the duchess will meet staff and women recovering from substance dependence. Catherine is a patron of Action on Addiction and is believed to have been “working behind the scenes” with her chosen charities during her pregnancy.

The 31-year-old royal seems to be feeling better in recent weeks and has been spotted shopping in London recently.

Catherine and William are believed to be enjoying a relaxing holiday in the Caribbean at the moment.

According to reports, the royal couple are staying at a £19,000-a-week villa in Mustique, which boasts a games room, stunning sea views and infinity pool.

They have been joined by Catherine’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, who are staying nearby.

“Both William and Kate were hoping her condition would not stop her from making the eight-hour flight to Barbados and the connection to Mustique,” a source told British newspaper The Sun. “A month ago such a journey would have been unthinkable for her, so this is a clear sign she has made a virtual recovery.”

Catherine has a close relationship with her parents and Carole is clearly looking forward to welcoming a grandchild in July.

According to Britain’s Grazia magazine, Carole has been busily preparing ahead of the birth and plans to temporarily move in with the new parents when the baby arrives.

"Carole is exploring all avenues to make sure they're fully prepared. She's leaving no stone unturned and making sure she swots up on all the latest things,” a source revealed. “This is one very special baby after all.

"Carole won't be moving in permanently, but Kate wants her to stay for the first few weeks following the birth. She doesn't want a nanny at first."

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