Kate Middleton will be getting that royal baby bump of hers dressed and ready as she gears up for her final solo appearance at Southampton’s royal ship naming ceremony this morning.
As today mark’s the end of the Duchess of Cambridge‘s royal commitments, the launch of the Royal Princess ship is said to be Kate’s last official public work outing before she gives birth next month.
Kate, who is eight-months-pregnant with Prince William‘s baby, will become godmother of the 3,600-passenger ship when she smashes a champagne bottle over its hull in today’s christening service. The naming ceremony is a long-standing royal tradition, and will also see the 31-year-old royal boarding the ship for a brief tour, where she will explore the ship’s over-water ‘sea walk’ and top-deck glass bottomed walkway (which extends 28ft beyond the edge of the boat). Eek! We’re getting sea legs just thinking about it…
Adding a touch of indulgence to Kate’s day out will no doubt be the vessel’s pastry shop – which happens to be the largest at sea – and the swanky onboard poolside cabanas. The ceremony will also be attended by the charities of which Kate, husband William and brother-in-law Prince Harry are patrons.
The 330-metre Princess ship will make her maiden voyage on June 16. It’s predecessor was launched by William’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, back in 1984.
Although today is said to be Kate’s last solo engagement, she’s also expected to attend Trooping the Colour this Saturday – the Queen’s annual Birthday Parade held on Horses Guard Parade.
By Robyn Munson
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