It’s been a busy nine months for the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, who – despite an 11-week bout of severe morning sickness followed by more than a dozen royal engagements and an overseas tour – hadn’t let her latest pregnancy get in the way of her official duties.
The expectant royal first knew something was amiss back in August 2014, when she attended the First World War poppy exhibit at the Tower of London even though she was feeling under the weather.
“Kate was not going to come as, [although] it had not been announced, she was already pregnant and suffering. But she insisted,” says artist Paul Commings who designed the tribute. Despite her physical ailments, Kate was nonetheless already glowing in a bright-blue L.K. Bennet dress.
Hyperemesis gravidarum eventually got the best of the duchess, who cancelled all her September engagements to recover at home. In October, however, Kate made a triumphant return to the spotlight in a grey plaid Alexander McQueen outfit, when she met with the President of Singapore, Tony Tan. “I’ve been looking forward to getting out of the house, that’s for sure,” she said.
Soon, the mom-to-be was making up for lost time, wowing in a pale-blue Jenny Packham gown at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, meeting celebrities like One Direction’s Harry Styles and embarking on a three-day tour of New York City just before Christmas. The New Year has likewise been filled with engagements, including a visit to a reading group, a tour of a ceramic factory and attending the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
"I sometimes forget I'm pregnant!" said Kate.
Now, with Kate officially on maternity leave (and due any day now!), Hello! looks back on her busy weeks as she and Prince William prepare for a sibling for George.