Kate Middleton makes first public appearance since announcing third pregnancy
After weeks of keeping a low profile and focusing on her health, Kate Middleton is dipping her toe back into public life.
Kensington Palace announced last month that the Duchess of Cambridge and husband Prince William are expecting their third child and Kate would be stepping away from her royal duties as she has been suffering with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe morning sickness which she experienced while pregnant with Prince George (four) and Princess Charlotte (two).
She was so ill she couldn't join William on George's first day of school in September. She put on a brave face today as she attended a Buckingham Palace reception honouring those who work in the mental health sector, as part of their work with their organisation Heads Together, for World Mental Health Day today.
As usual, all eyes were on the Duchess as she looked glowing in a dusky blue Temperley dress.
Heads Together encourages people, in particular children and teenagers, to speak about any issues they may be having, as well as educating others on the importance of listening.
She is still thought to be less than 12 weeks pregnant and as with both her previous pregnancies, the British royals were forced to announce the news early in order to explain her absence.
Normal morning sickness affects around 70% of pregnant women, and causes some degree of vomiting and discomfort commonly during the first trimester (12 weeks) of pregnancy. But those suffering from HG can be constantly sick morning, noon and night and unable to keep any food or drink down.
In September, Middleton appeared in a video for her charity, in which she stated her passion for mental health. "As parents, we all want our children to have the best possible start in life," she explained.
"Encouraging children to understand and be open about their feelings can give them the skills to cope with the ups and downs that life will throw at them as they grow up."
William thanked well-wishers after the baby news broke, saying: "We need Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating. It's always a bit anxious to start with, but she's well. There's not much sleep going on at the moment."