Aisling O’Connor: The royal bump watch bears fruit as Kate gives us all cause to smile
THE wildfire pregnancy rumour mill has finally come to a halt. As Buckingham Palace made the official announcement on behalf of Prince William and Kate Middleton, that they are expecting a baby, the gossip mill quickly switched gears into a frenzy that will no doubt out-tweet and out-blog its former obsession.
Royal 'Bump Watch' has been persistent throughout 2012, and intensified in September when Kate debuted an all-new wardrobe before and during her official tour of South East Asia and the Pacific. Out were fitted dresses and belts – in came prints and pleats, which can be attributed to playing tricks on the eye.
The shocking release of topless and nude photographs of Ms Middleton in the early days of the nine-day trip didn't seem to affect William and Kate. Laughing and joking as they travelled and enthusiastically shook hundreds of hands, there seemed to be a spring in the royal couple's step – which added even more fuel to the fire.