WATCH: Duchess Kate debuts her baby bump publicly, for the first time

Kate and William

Duchess Kate has returned to public life and given royal-watchers a much anticipated glimpse of her excellent self – and that bonus baby bump.

Most-watched bump

After several weeks battling Hyperemesis Gravidarum, the Duchess of Cambridge headed back to work on Tuesday, looking much nicer than we would if we’d just spent several weeks housebound and vomiting into a bucket.

While this sighting indicates Kate’s on the road to recovery, she’s apparently still feeling a bit wretched, as she navigates what we think is the second trimester of her third pregnancy.

“The Duchess’ condition is improving but she is still suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. She is delighted to be able to be here tonight,” a spokesperson for the royals told People Magazine.

Putting their heads together

Kate was supporting Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry at this engagement to mark World Mental Health Day.

The event was on familiar ground, at Buckingham Palace, and comprised a (possibly gin and champagne-dotted) reception to honour this important awareness day – and draw attention to the young royals’ Heads Together campaign.

Heads Together aims to destigmatise mental health challenges like depression and anxiety and help people better understand – and pursue treatment for – these conditions.

Third time’s a charm

If you’re playing catch-up, Duchess Kate and Prince William are expecting their third child – a sibling for 4-year-old Prince George and 2-year-old Princess Charlotte. The couple were forced to announce this pregnancy very early – possibly still in the first trimester – as Kate became so unwell she could not fulfil her usual royal role.

Struck down again with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, it seems that pregnancy number three was a replay of the difficult early pregnancies Kate suffered with George and Charlotte.

Luckily this time, she has not had to be admitted to hospital, although one wonders if perhaps a hospital-like situation may have been set up at the royal home, to save her from running the media gamut at such a testing time.


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