(LONDON) — Royal bump watchers got a new glimpse of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday as Kate Middleton stepped out to speak to women recovering from addiction.
Middleton, 31, appeared at Hope House in South London wearing a grey wrap dress that showed the slightest hint of a growing baby bump. The duchess and her husband, Prince William, 30, announced in December that they were expecting their first child.
Tuesday’s appearance by Middleton was one of the few she’s made since being hospitalized early in her pregnancy for peremesis gravidarum, an acute morning sickness that requires supplementary hydration and nutrients.
Middleton and Prince William recently returned from vacation on the exclusive Caribbean island of Mustique in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where the photos of Middleton wearing a blue bikini that showed a barely rounded lower belly were published by some gossip magazines, much to the palace’s displeasure.
Back in London on Tuesday, Middleton was ready for the cameras as she met with clients and staff at Hope House, an all-female rehabilitation center that is supported by Action on Addiction, one of the several charities to which Middleton committed her time as a patron in 2011.
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Susan Scutti, CNN
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