Over the weekend Hello! Magazine mentioned Kate had an engagement with the Queen on Thursday, but interestingly, it was never officially confirmed nor pre-announced by the Palace until this morning. It is only the Queen's second public engagement since she fell ill on March 1st with "the symptoms of gastroenteritis" which may have influenced the decision not to announce it.
When Kate heard the Queen and Prince Philip had planned to undertake the engagement she asked if she could be part of the visit and the Queen formally invited her. A senior royal aide said, "She just fancied it, she asked if she could come along". It is the third time Kate has joined the Queen on public engagements and I think the fact Kate asked to join HM shows a great deal of interest in royal events on the Duchess's part.
Kate laughed when she was presented with a Baby on Board badge and said, "I'll make sure I wear it at home." The Duchess also admitted she "misses travelling on the Tube."
A closer look at the badge.
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More from the Express story:
'Dozens of cheering passengers with cameras watched from a neighbouring platform as the royal party toured the station. The three royals inspected a Victorian steam Tube train from 1892 - a Metropolitan Line No 353 Jubilee carriage, the oldest operational Underground carriage in Britain.
At the station today, the Queen named the S Stock train Queen Elizabeth II'.
Rebecca English kindly shared these photos.
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Kate wore a dark teal coat by Danish designer By Malene Birger. Laure Laura over at Kate Middleton Style found a very similar piece from the 2010 collection. It is thought Kate's is most likely from the same collection and it's entirely possible she's had it in her wardrobe since then. It's a beautiful coat and the beading is really very striking. A number of you pointed out Princess Mary also owns the coat.
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I do rather like Kate's jaunty Whiteley black hat, you may recall she previously wore it at at Harry Aubrey-Fletcher's wedding in 2011 with her black velvet Libélula Dulwich Coat.
Kate carried her black suede clutch and kept her hands warm in her Cornelia James Pure Wool Gloves With Side Bow.
The Duchess elected to wear her sapphire and diamond earrings.
Kate completed the look with black tights and black suede Episode 'Angel' shoes.
What did you think of Kate's look today?
See you all Friday :)