Kate, Duchess of Cambridge glows in winter sunshine for visit to charity in London

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Kate Middleton: The Duchess looks radiant in baby blue as she visits charity.

Pregnant bundled up her baby bump in an adorably classic ensemble for three back-to-back stops in the London neighborhood of Kensington on Monday, Jan. 19.In response, an understanding Kate, 33, who wore a baby blue coat by maternity designer Seraphine, told him, “I would be shy as well,” as the boy’s mother, Tracy Samuels, presented the Duchess with the bouquet of white lilacs and nasturtiums.

After a quiet weekend spent with husband Prince William and little Prince George at her parents’ home in Bucklebury, Kate came to London’s Kensington neighborhood to meet with volunteers and beneficiaries of the charity Family Friends. First, Middleton, 33, headed to a coffee meeting with Family Friends, a volunteer organization that helps befriend and mentor families in the more deprived areas of London. Although Kensington is known for its fabulously wealthy residents and its palace, it also has areas of deprivation, so Family Friends provides mentoring services to families in need. “My children are happy and healthy, I have finished my degree and gone back to work. I have even started mentoring other refugees,” she said. “The Duchess was lovely, very empathetic and said she was happy for me.” Kate then headed to the new Kensington Aldridge Academy, which she formally opened.

Wearing a £99 maternity dress by Seraphine and a £195 pale blue coat from the same brand, she stepped out of her car at 10am and was greeted by excited staff. She also stopped by the school’s Creates Hub for young entrepreneurs, and met students who are designing items for sale at nearby Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill. Next, she was set to open the neighboring leisure center that’s been built on the same spot as an old pool where William, 32, and his brother Prince Harry, learned to swim. She’s expected to join her parents for a family winter vacation in the Caribbean next week, as mum Carole is set to mark her 60th birthday on Mustique.

The Middletons make annual holidays to the sunshine island – last year Kate took George for the first time, while the previous year she and William had a babymoon there. The students also sang the Duchess the school song—half-panicked, she did tell the principal with a laugh, “I thought you were going to ask me to sing then!”—and they gifted Prince George, 17 months, with an xylophone. As for William, he is currently hitting the books, doing his commercial pilots’ license exams before on-board training for his air ambulance job that begins in the spring.

From there, Middleton took a short walk over to the Kensington Leisure Centre, where students of the nearby Wetherby School, clad in their plaid uniforms, excitedly stood outside waving small recreations of the British flag to greet her upon her arrival. Excited to discuss her royal encounter, McDonagh added, “I told her I hoped it was a girl, but she said she doesn’t know yet,” Martina said afterwards. “She said it was moving around a lot.” Before heading back to the palace, the Duchess received one last present for baby Prince George: an inflatable duck float.

White was being driven around the lot in a golf cart when an assistant asked her, “Is today your actual birthday?” As White was driven up to the set, she was met by the cast and crew doing the hula. “Everyday on set, Betty is greeted by her assistant with a hula – today’s hula dance was a very special surprise in honor of her 93rd birthday!” TV Land wrote in a caption accompanying a video of the surprise. Finally, the three main Hot in Cleveland stars, Valerie Bertinelli (Melanie), Jane Leeves (Joy), and Wendie Malick (Victoria), emerged as the group shouted, “Happy birthday, Betty!”

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