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It would seem the couple were visiting Dr. Alan Farthing for Kate's first trimester scan, suggesting the Duchess is now twelve weeks pregnant. Upon departure, Prince William was seen clutching an envelope, most likely containing images of the scan. The Duchess was all smiles as she made her way inside and I must say, it is simply wonderful to see her looking happy and well, considering the very difficult time she's been experiencing with Hyperemesis gravidarum.
Alan Farthing assisted Sir Marcus Setchell during Kate's first pregnancy and since Sir Marcus's retirement has been the Queen's surgeon-gynaecologist. Assisted by obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, a specialist in high risk pregnancies, he has been supervising Kate's pregnancy and will continue to do so. Below we see Sir Marcus (in the middle) and Dr Farthing leaving the Lindo Wing after Prince George's birth.
If it was indeed the twelve week scan, we can expect to hear official confirmation from Kensington Palace any day now confirming the month William and Kate's second child will be born. It is thought the baby is due in late April - close to the couple's fourth wedding anniversary which takes place on 29 April.
It is the first time the Duchess has been spotted publicly since the pregnancy announcement six weeks ago and she last carried out an engagement on 5 August, when she visited the poppy installation at the Tower of London with William and Harry. Kate has been spending much of her time at her parents' home in Bucklebury under the supervision of doctors.
Kate was suitably attired for the rainy evening in what appears to be a black cape or a black cape jacket with a turtleneck underneath. Due to the low quality of the photos, it is very difficult to discern the exact items the Duchess wore. However, the eagle-eyed Ashley came up with some very likely possibilities. Libélula's Black Clasp Jacket is one such possibility. The merino wool £335 garment is a practical yet stylish piece.
Pieces from Temperley London's Honeycomb Collection are also strong possibilities. The Duchess already owns at least two of the tunics. Below we see the Honeycomb Tunic and the very comfortable looking Honeycomb Cape.
For those hoping to 'Repli-Kate' the look, the good news is capes and cape jackets are very much in for the Autumn/Winter season. Comfortable, chic and wearable, they offer a stylish option for the unpredictable and chilly seasons. Below we look at the Mango's £80 Wool Blend Cape, Joseph's Cashmere Cape and Ted Baker's Embellished Cape.
Kate wore her trusty jeans, probably by J Brand or Zara and her Aquatalia New Dry Fur Trim Wedge Ankle Boots, also known as the Neptune Boots.
Readers will recall Kate debuted the boots last December during a visit to Shooting Star Hospice and teamed them with the Reiss 'Delaney' Jacket and navy corduroy pants. The entire look divided readers, especially the boots. Have they grown on you since?
Again, it is excellent to see Kate looking so well and we do hope she is feeling better. HG is incredibly unpredictable and it appears it's been much tougher for her with this pregnancy. The Palace confirmed Kate will join William on Tuesday, 21 October to greet Singapore's president at the Royal Garden Hotel. Below we see the Duke and Duchess with President Tony Tan and his wife Mary Chee Bee Kiang during the 2012 royal tour.
Given the hotel's close proximity to Kensington Palace and the brevity of the engagement we may very well see Kate join her husband, however, it entirely depends on how she's feeling. The Palace were eager to stress "she very much hopes to undertake the engagement" and "it will be reviewed closer to the time".
With all this talk of royal babies, we leave you with a look at oh-so-adorable Prince George who graces the cover of Majesty Magazine.
We hope you all have a fantastic weekend and thank you for reading! :)