Pregnant Kate Middleton goes back to country roots in classic Barbour jacket and recycled boots
Kate Middleton wrapped up her baby bump in a classic country style combination.
The Duchess of Cambridge (35), who is expecting her third child with husband Prince William, went back to her English countryside roots for an outdoor children's even today, giving a throwback to her personal style in the early days of her royal romance.
Before she wore tiaras, she could nearly always be found in her off-duty uniform of a breton top and a pair of Superaga runners.
While visiting the Robin Hood Primary School in south-west London on Wednesday, she was observing the efforts of the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) campaign for school gardening and revealed her passion for the outdoors.
She wore a wax jacket by Barbour, which retails for €280, over her black funnel neck jumper, black leggings and her favourite boots - the Penelope Chilvers Long Tassel Boots, which cost around €600, a pair of shoes she has preferred since 2004. After 13 years, it seems like she likely owns a few pairs, but is sticking to her preference of recycling fashion, in particular when it comes to maternity wear.
And she recalled her "fond memories" of being outdoors as a child and is passing that passion on to her own children.
"Thank you so much for having me here today," she said. "It's been lovely to meet all of you and thank you so much to all the children who've shown me what they've been doing in their gardens.
"It's really inspiring and exciting to see what you've all been up to," she said. "I've got such fond memories of being in the garden and being outside from my own childhood, and I'm sharing that with my own children, George and Charlotte, at the moment.
"And I'm really excited about what you're doing here and taking inspiration from that in the school environment as well.
"What you have created here is really so special. Hopefully you'll have lots of memories of your time here in the garden, looking for insects or planting bulbs. And I really hope you remember these special times for the rest of your lives.
"But thank you again and good luck and happy gardening for the future," she said.
She laughed when she was shown a home for insects called "Bug-ingham Palace", and later said "Lucky insects have such a good place to stay".
Kate chatted with the children as they planted daffodil bulbs and carved wood.
At one point, when she looked at her own attempt at whittling a stick, she said: "Mine's not very good."
When a little boy remarked that "practice makes perfect", Kate replied: "That is so true. Keep up, keep up all the good work."
She told the children she loves sunflowers and asked if they had spotted any squirrels or "bit fat wiggly worms".
It's been a busy week for the British royals and Kate is making up for lost time as she had to take time to rest and recover during her first trimester of pregnancy due to severe morning sickness, Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
She stepped out on Tuesday in a polka dot Kate Spade dress and congratulated her brother-in-law Prince Harry on his engagement to Meghan Markle.
"William and I are absolutely thrilled," she said. "It's such exciting news. It's a really happy time for any couple and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment."
Additional reporting by Press Association