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Palace Releases Duchess Health Update & Due Date, Plus Info on Kate’s Multiple Engagements Tomorrow

There is news today about Kate’s health, due date and schedule. From a Kensington Palace news release:

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015.

The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by Hyperemisis Gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.

In addition to the good news about Kate’s health, the release should put to rest rumors the Duchess is expecting twins, with the wording “expecting a baby”.

The April due date slightly increases the chance we will see some new maternity styles from the Duchess. It’s highly unlikely Kate will make broad investments in new pieces, but she will be further along for some events like the annual Christmas appearance at Sandringham.

The news release also confirms Kate’s appearance at tomorrow’s State Visit events. The Duke and Duchess will welcome Singaporean President Tony Tan and his wife Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam to the UK on behalf of the Queen. After greeting the visitors at the Royal Garden Hotel in London Kate and William will ride with them to Horse Guards Parade for a ceremonial welcome with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. The visit holds historic significance as it is the first State Visit to the UK by a Singapore President.

Preparations for the visit and accompanying ceremonial events have been underway for some time. Below you see the Household Division practicing its drills for the welcoming ceremony at Horse Guards Parade.

Corporal of Horse Dan Short; Crown Copyright

Corporal of Horse Dan Short; Crown Copyright

As previously noted, the Duke and Duchess already know the President and Mrs. Tan from their visit to Singapore in 2012 as part of the Jubilee Tour.

Ken Goff/

Ken Goff/

The significance of their role in tomorrow’s ceremonies underscores the Queen’s continued comfort in the Duke and Duchess having elevated roles at important events. In August William and Kate represented Her Majesty at World War One Centenary ceremonies.

We’ll have full coverage of what the Duchess wears for the welcome, which I expect will take place midday, as there is a luncheon following the Horse Guards Parade ceremony. (Kate & William are not attending this event.)


Today’s news release also included the announcement of another engagement for the Duchess. Tomorrow she will attend the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Most readers are aware Kate is Patron of the Museum. She will tour the exhibit, speak with photojournalists and join Sir David Attenborough in announcing some of the major Award winners. The event precedes the exhibition’s official opening at the Museum this Friday. This dovetails perfectly with Kate’s interest in photography and her role with the Museum.


Oddly enough, we were at the Natural History Museum over the weekend, wrapping up a trip to London. While there we visited many of the retailers and designers Kate favors, and also enjoyed time with some of those in the media who cover the Royal Family. We look forward to sharing more about those topics in future posts. We expect to head back across the pond next spring and hope there might be some sort of a WKW meet-up during that trip!

We’ll see you tomorrow for full coverage of what Kate wears for her engagements.


  • the full news release regarding Kate’s schedule and due date may be read here
  • the Natural History Museum website is here, more information on the photography competition and exhibition is available here, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Facebook page is here, the British Wildlife Photographers Association website is here
  • to read the entire news release regarding the schedule for the Singapore State Visit click here
  • HER (Hyperemesis Education and Research) is an excellent resource for information and links about Kate’s illness
  • Pregnancy Sickness Support is a UK foundation helping those with nausea and vomiting, as well as HG


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Monday 3rd of November 2014

The most beautiful thing kate wears is her genuine smile, (unless of course you're suffering from hypverius g....(long word), in which case you'd have to 'fake it till you make it' lol).Everybody check out Kate and Wills and Harry's project "UNITED FOR WILDLIFE". Christine (New Zealand) We wish you all the best for winter up there, as we come into our summer...teehee:-):-)


Thursday 23rd of October 2014

How delightful and exciting you have been visiting London soaking up the incredible atmosphere and meeting many Royal correspondents! I am sure this experience will aid in allowing you to do a even more amazing job of covering the Royals. There's nothing quite like "being there" to better understand and therefore communicate to us here their world. I hope to see some photos of the shops the Duchess favors so I can tuck them away for a future visit of our own. Bon voyage!

The Way We Were

Tuesday 21st of October 2014

it has been too long~ I have never been pregnant myself but can feel for Kate or any mothing-to-be who suffer from all this...wish her the best and a healthy baby for the young couple. On the side note, I have been binge-watching "The tudors" for the past week or so...oh man, how bloody it is to move with the "right" circle" at the royal court~

Amy N.

Monday 20th of October 2014

I'm so glad to hear she's doing better!


Monday 20th of October 2014

Congrats on a speedy post! I wonder if Kate will be spending much time at the Parade ground in Whitehall as I would imagine they'd get her back to peace and quiet as soon as poss. I wonder, too, if any photos of her and William greeting the Singaporean First Couple and later of her solo at the Natural History Museum will likely be standard shots from the Palace staff.

I must say wildlife photography sounds a much easier prospect than a full state banquet in her delicate condition.

And WKW has landed in Blighty! And could make a return trip complete with meet-up -- I shall be keeping an eye out for that one!

Meantime, I wonder what Kate might wear tomorrow...can't wait!

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