Thursday 23 November 2017

Kate Middleton displays tiny baby bump in black lace gown at Kensington Palace

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) gala dinner at Kensington Palace, London
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) gala dinner at Kensington Palace, London
The Duchess of Cambridge attends the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) gala dinner at Kensington Palace, London
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to Peter Fonagy at the 2017 Gala Dinner for The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) at Kensington Palace on November 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Frank Augstein - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) gala dinner at Kensington Palace, London
The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to Peter Fonagy, CEO of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) during the gala dinner at Kensington Palace, London Augstein/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge attends the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) gala dinner at Kensington Palace, London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visits the National Tennis Centre in London October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Coach Core graduation ceremony for more than 150 Coach Core apprentices at The London Stadium on October 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Coach Core graduation ceremony for more than 150 Coach Core apprentices at The London Stadium on October 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visits the National Tennis Centre in London October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

If there's one thing fashion rule Kate Middleton abides by, it's if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her third child with husband Prince William (both 35) and much like her day-to-day appearances, her maternity style is scrutinised and analysed by royal watchers. On Tuesday night, the mother-of-two opted for a familiar design, a black lace gown by Diane von Furstenberg, a piece she originally wore while expecting Princess Charlotte in 2014.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to Peter Fonagy at the 2017 Gala Dinner for The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) at Kensington Palace on November 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Frank Augstein - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to Peter Fonagy at the 2017 Gala Dinner for The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) at Kensington Palace on November 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Frank Augstein - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

While she has been selective about public appearances during her pregnancy as she was experience hyperemesis gravidarum - a severe form of morning sickness - during her first trimester, but she didn't have far to travel as last night's events for mental health charity Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) held at Kensington Palace's Orangery. Kate was guest of honour for the occasion as she is patron for the organisation, which she also supports via her Heads Together charity with William and brother-in-law Prince Harry.

Guests thanked the royals for their support - Terell Llewellyn (11) said Kate told him "well done" for returning to mainstream school after receiving help from the charity, while his father praised the importance of the assistance they received.

"It makes a difference that the Duchess of Cambridge has taken an interest in this. It's brilliant. There's a lot of children in London who could do with this kind of help," his father Wayne Llewellyn told the Press Association.

It has been announced that Kate will give birth in April. And it appears she's back to her best, with a source telling E! News, "she has such a rotten time during these early month. But she's out of the woods now and doing well."

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) gala dinner at Kensington Palace, London
The Duchess of Cambridge attends the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) gala dinner at Kensington Palace, London

Chief executive of the Anna Freud Centre said the Duchess is "very interested in maternal mental health".

"One of the things that we are interested in is intervening as early as possible in children's lives to improve their chances of good mental health throughout life," he said. "She's particularly concerned that mothers' mental health plays a major role in this and that we are able to support mothers to support their children."

When asked why she is such an ardent supporter of mental health issues, she explained earlier this year: "As parents, we all want our children to have the best possible start in life."

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) gala dinner at Kensington Palace, London
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) gala dinner at Kensington Palace, London
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) gala dinner at Kensington Palace, London
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) gala dinner at Kensington Palace, London

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