Kate Middleton's Last Public Appearance

Kate Middleton's Last Public Appearance

The Duchess of Cambridge will spend the final four weeks of her pregnancy on royal maternity leave.

Kate Middleton attended the ship naming ceremony of the Royal Princess liner, concluding her individual public appearance duties until after the end of her pregnancy. The duchess has announced her intention to take several weeks of maternity leave before giving birth in July. According to We Women, the royal family has stated that Kate will avoid travel for a few months after the delivery and that her royal tours will resume in 2014.

Kate donned a black and white spotted coat with a black fascinator for the Royal Princess’s naming ceremony. During the event, she accepted the honour of becoming the ship’s godmother before officially launching the vessel. Key103 reported that Kate formally named the ship with the statement “I name this ship Royal Princess. May God bless her and all who sail in her.” As befits the tradition, she then released a bottle of champagne, sending it crashing into the ship’s side.

While the christening of the Royal Princess was the last solo appearance for the duchess, she is scheduled to appear with the royal family at Trooping the Colour over the weekend.

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