Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge cupped her growing bump at a charity visit earlier today.
The pregnant royal was visiting London’s Hope House, a centre for women who are overcoming substance abuse issues.
Catherine wore a grey dress from high street store Max Mara for the official engagement. The brunette is patron of the organisation which is run by Action on Addiction and was greeted by the charity’s chief executive Nick Barton on her visit.
Catherine largely kept her hands protectively on her growing bump, but looked radiant and happy as she chatted to Nick and the women at the centre.
"Nice to see you again, nice to be back", she smiled to Nick according to British newspaper The Mirror.
"It's a lovely day for it."
The mother-to-be has just returned from even sunnier climates, having enjoyed a holiday in Mustique in the Caribbean with her husband Prince William.
As part of her visit, the 31-year-old joined an art therapy class at the centre.
"Well done for getting sober,” she praised one of the women in attendance.
Catherine looked glowing, despite some disparaging comments which had been made about the pretty royal earlier.
Novelist Hilary Mantel described the royal as a “shop-window mannequin” with no personality.
"Kate seems to have been selected for her role of princess because she was irreproachable: as painfully thin as anyone could wish, without quirks, without oddities, without the risk of the emergence of character,” she criticised during a lecture at the British Museum.
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