21 OCTOBER 2014
Her radiant smile spoke volumes about how the Duchess of Cambridge, neé Kate Middleton, felt about getting back to work this week.
Indeed, as she was welcoming Singapore’s President Tony Tan and his wife Mary to Britain at the start of their state visit, Prince William‘s wife shared her excitement at resuming official duties.
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When Mrs Tan remarked she was glad Kate – who has been suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum during the first trimester of the pregnancy – could make the engagement, the Duchess replied: “So am I. I’ve been looking forward to getting out of the house, that’s for sure.”
The 32-year-old royal made the admission as she and William sat down for tea with the Singaporean visitors at the the Royal Garden Hotel, which is close to their Kensington Palace base.
The Duke joked about the proximity of their home: “You can probably see into our bedroom window which is a bit worrying – I wouldn’t look too closely.”
Kate, meanwhile, made the president laugh when she referenced the last time they saw each other, in Singapore in 2012.
“It’s a bit colder than our last meeting”, she told Mr Tan, to which he replied: “The weather is lovely.”
The Duchess was on sparkling form on her first royal engagement since the announcement she is expecting her second baby with Prince William.
Looking radiant, healthy and stylish as ever in a grey Alexander McQueen coat with a Jane Taylor hat, Kate more than rose to the occasion.
Her role in greeting Singapore’s head of state was notable not only because it provided royal watchers the first glimpse of her tiny baby bump, but also because the occasion marked the first time she has been invited to join William in taking a formal role in a state visit to Britain.
After tea, William and Kate accompanied the VIP visitors to in travelling by car down Horse Guards Parade for a ceremonial welcome, presided over by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
After the welcome, William stayed for a private lunch hosted by the Queen.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second child is due in April next year, Kensington Palace has said.
A statement from the palace said Kate is still being affected by hyperemisis gravidarum – a complication of pregnancy which causes vomiting and nausea – but her condition is “improving”.
It read: “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 hyperemesis gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.”
She had to cancel a series of engagements after her pregnancy was announced on September 8 because of the condition, which she also suffered during her pregnancy with son George.
But she is expected to join her husband to officially welcome the President of Singapore Tony Tan as he begins a four-day state visit to the UK on Tuesday.
The illness causes severe vomiting and can lead to dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine.
It affects 3.5 out of each 1,000 pregnancies.
The confirmation could suggest that Kate has had her 12-week scan. The baby could therefore be due around the end of April, and could even arrive around William and Kate’s fourth wedding anniversary on 29 April.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary on 9 April.
Queen Elizabeth doesn’t want Prince William and Kate Middleton to name their second child after Princess Diana, according to a new report.
Celeb Dirty Laundry says that William wants to name the child after his late mother but that Elizabeth wants the couple to name the child after her late sister Margaret or herself, Elizabeth.
Citing sources, the report also says that Camilla Parker-Bowles, Prince Charles’ wife, is trying to get the royal couple to name the child after her.
Kate isn’t specified as wanting a certain name yet, but the report says that the Duchess “probably wants to name her daughter something flowery and original, and in no way related to the royal family.”
The most definite name choices that have come out so far have been Diana and Elizabeth.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton said earlier this month that the couple has decided to name their baby if it’s a daughter Elizabeth Diana Windsor.
“Close friends to William and Kate have told me that if it is a girl they want to name the baby after Diana,” Morton told Sun reporter Ben Griffiths.
“They discussed girls’ names before George was born and now they’re hoping the next one is a girl so they can carry out their wish to honour William’s mother.”
No male names have been mentioned as of yet.
Kate Middleton and Prince William made their first appearances in several weeks after it was announced that she would be having a second child.
However, the rumor mill is churning about what the child’s name might be.
According to gossip site Celeb Dirty Laundry, “We already know that Queen Elizabeth wants the baby daughter to be named after her late sister, Margaret. Or at the very least, the Queen will want the baby to be named after herself, Elizabeth.”
The site said that “we’re hearing exclusively that after the royal family found out that the baby would be a girl, Camilla Parker-Bowles began pressuring Prince William and Kate Middleton to name their baby daughter ‘Camilla’. Seriously, the nerve of her, no?”
For his part, Prince William wants to name the child Diana after his late mother, according to he website. “Kate, on the other hand, probably wants to name her daughter something flowery and original, and in no way related to the royal family. And Queen Elizabeth, bless her heart, will want a royal, aristocratic name for her great-granddaughter,” it says.
There’s been no confirmation that Kate will be having a girl.
Celeb Dirty Laundry can also be hit or miss with its sources.
Meanwhile, Kensington Palace issued a statement saying Kate will be expecting her second child in April 2015.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015,” the palace said, according to People magazine. It adds: “The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by Hyperemisis Gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.”
Hyperemisis Gravidarum is essentially extreme morning sickness that affects only a small percentage of pregnant women.
“Quite frankly, the comparison of hyperemesis to morning sickness is like breaking your arm in several places and then being told you’ve just knocked your funny bone. Hopefully, this increased media attention will help the poor expectant mums, who like me, were wiped out by the condition,” wrote Miriam Phillips for the Guardian a few weeks ago.
There’s also been rumors that she’ll be having twins.
According to Vanity Fair, it “would seem to indicate that the chatter Kate might be expecting twins (fueled by British oddsmakers) is, in fact, unfounded, and our dreams of Prince Harry emerging from the hospital in some fleece-y vest with a goofy grin on his face, newborn niece on one arm and newborn nephew on the other, have sadly been dashed.”
Ahead of their arrival at Buckingham Palace, Dr Tan and Mrs Mary Tan were greeted by Prince William and his wife Kate, marking the pregnant Duchess’ first public appearance in more than two months.
Britain’s Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, with Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary Tan at the Royal Garden Hotel in London. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ANTHONY DEVLIN
LONDON: President Tony Tan Keng Yam received a full ceremonial welcome hosted by Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday (Oct 21), marking the start of his state visit to the United Kingdom. The state visit is the first for a Singapore head of state, and comes ahead of Singapore celebrating its Golden Jubilee next year.
President Tan and Mrs Mary Tan were first greeted by Prince William and his wife Kate at the Royal Garden Hotel. This is the Duchess’ first public appearance in more than two months – she has been suffering from acute morning sickness. The royal couple announced they were expecting their second child last month, and the baby is in April next year.
President Tan and Mrs Tan got a grand ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards Parade, where they were received by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. President Tan inspected the Guard of Honour, accompanied by the Duke, before heading to Buckingham Palace in a carriage procession.
Carriage ride prepared for President Tony Tan and his wife to Buckingham Palace (Photo: Olivia Siong)
At Buckingham Palace, the President was introduced by the Queen and the Duke to the members of their household. Later on Tuesday, President Tan will visit Westminster Abbey, which will hold a memorial for the founder of modern Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles.
President Tan will later address the UK Parliament, meet Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and be hosted to a state banquet by the Queen.