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.
The Mall is lined with the flags of Singapore and the United Kingdom.
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.
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; below they are shown with Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.
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.
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. Below, a Christmas tree being decorated outside the Natural History Museum. (I’m sure it has nothing to do with tomorrow night’s event, we merely liked the incongruity of the tree against the green trees in the background.)
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