Duchess Kate shows off her bump in a MaxMara wrap dress: pretty?

As promised, here is Duchess Kate in London today, making an appearance at Hope House, a residential facility which works with Action on Addiction (one of Kate’s few patronages). This is Kate’s third public appearance since announcing her pregnancy early in her first trimester. The first two appearances were an award presentation for the Sports Personality of the Year, and then she made an appearance at the unveiling of her first portrait. So… no charity work in MONTHS. And her next appearance won’t be until March 5, so we have to savor what few appearances she deigns to make.

For today’s appearance, Kate wore a Max Mara wrap dress, which is fine. It’s not super-pretty or anything or groundbreaking maternity-wear. It looks a lot like the silk jersey Issa dresses Kate loved when she was waiting for William to propose. The only change? Kate seems to be more self-conscious of her larger pregnancy boobs, because she actually seems to be wearing some kind of tank underneath the dress. As for her bump… Kate is apparently about four and half months along. I think she seems to be carrying small, but I’m very pleased to see her “flaunting” her bump. The habit among royal women is to “hide” the bump under baggy clothes, so I was hoping that Kate would show everything off. Here’s some stuff from The Mail (they sound shade-throwing to me):

The Duchess of Cambridge looked the picture of health this morning as she attended an official engagement in the London borough of Clapham this morning.

Appearing in public for the first time since her Mustique holiday last week, the Duchess, who sported a light tan, had dressed her blossoming bump in a flattering black and white wrap dress.

The Duchess, who was reported to be dismayed after photos of her on the beach in a bikini were publised in an Australian magazine earlier this month, looked happy and relaxed as she chatted to staff at Hope House, a residential centre set up to help recovering addicts.

At four and a half months pregnant, she is still remarkably slender apart from her tiny bump – clearly Kate hasn’t been eating for two.

Kate spent the morning meeting clients and staff at Hope House, a 23-bed residential treatment centre in South West London that offers an Action on Addiction programme, providing a safe, comfortable place for women to recover from substance dependence and receive support for other compulsive disorders.

[From The Mail]

Usually, The Mail is firmly ensconced within Duchess Kate’s duchess-y bum, so the “clearly Kate hasn’t been eating for two” aside feels particularly harsh. I don’t know… I guess I have to defend her. I think she looks small, for sure, but she looks healthy enough to me. As a matter of fact, I think she looks like she hasn’t barfed in a while, so please don’t even bring up the whole morning sickness thing.

Also: HER HAIR!!! You know what? I think her hair has gotten thicker with her pregnancy hormones and she’s decided to go without her crazy duchess weave. And NO SAUSAGE CURLS!!!!!! Amazing.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Hazel says:

    No report on Hilary Mantel attack on kate? calling her a hand picked with plastic smile. Was hoping to read that here today.

  2. Eleonor says:

    She was painfully thin, in the last months, so probably she is caring a lot in not gaining too much weight.

  3. ANGELIC 20 says:

    she looks good, that’s all i have to say.

  4. T.Fanty says:

    All that black eyeliner is probably adding a couple of pounds to her weight, though.

  5. Anaya says:

    She looks so small to me even though she’s probably right on target considering her height and this being her first pregnancy. She was very thin before the pregnancy so this must be close to how she would look if she didn’t diet so much.

    Off topic. Are Kate’s eyes hazel green or brown or blue? Different photos sometimes show a different eye color.

  6. JL says:

    I like the outfit,

    As far as Hilary Mantel comments, Well I guess Rhianna wasn’t available. Really? Of course Kate was hand picked, becasue call her what you will, trashy, abuse loving and stoned like Rhianna isn’t going to cut it.

    I don’t know about you guys, but at my house we most definitley have “qualifications” as to the kind of people the kids date – EVERYONE does.

    I’d take well mannered, well educated Kate over Rhinanna any day. Both need “work” but the Rhianna is the new Diana is insulting!

    • LAK says:

      Neither Kate nor Diana are celebrities so the Rihanna comparison is null and void. Ditto any comparison of what their job description is or is meant to be. First ladies are expected to be well mannered so let’s not praise people for something that’s a given. And let’s not gloss over thee fact thAt Kate is a pretty but vapid void who has regressed herself and her position back to the only expectation of royal women ie breeding. She hasn’t shown nor is she likely to show any hint of personality and is malleable and content to be dictated to as her Jigsaw boss told us years ago, which is why she is perfect royal bride material. Why pretend otherwise.

    • Suze says:

      WE don’t have any idea how well mannered either Rihanna or Kate are – they could both have beautiful manners.

      I *think* Paglia’s article was about how Diana and Rihanna both use, or used, the media to meet their needs. I say I think because I find that Paglia’s article is just a muddled mass to decipher.

      Say what you will about Kate, and people do, she has not come out of the gate as a media manipulator. I found Mantel’s comments cruel, but at the same time, they had a ring of truth. Kate probably was chosen by William because she is pretty, willing to what she is told to do, and not liable to cause trouble.

      And that is an entirely different mindset from someone like Diana, or Rihanna for that matter. Both of those women had faults up the wazoo but the last thing you can say about them is that they are biddable.

  7. Suze says:

    She looks good pregnant. The fuller face and figure really suit her. I like the outfit too.

    Whatever HG or severe morning sickness she had appears to be a thing of the past, though.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I agree, she looks good. She’s put on some weight (as you said, her face is fuller) and it definitely suits her.

      As for her having HG…eeeeh, I sort of doubt it. A good friend of mine had it during her first pregnancy and she was seriously suffering for a long time. Methinks Kate had plain old morning sickness and now it’s cleared up.

      • GoodCapon says:

        I only skimmed the Mail article but it sounds like they haven’t brought up her ‘HG’ which is good. It most definitely has outstayed its welcome.

      • Azurea says:

        She could be on medication to control it. I had horrendous HG & lost 12 lbs (from 115) in the first 3 months. I was bedridden & a complete invalid, & had to live with my parents because I needed 24/7 care (thank you, Mum!) But around 3 months it magically started to lift because the hormones stopped jumping up & were at the optimum level, & I got used to them.
        Still, I had to stay on the drug to control it the entire pregnancy — when I cut back on it too much that old feeling would re-emerge.

    • Gine says:

      Yeah, she does look good–I’m not surprised, most women with boyish figures look nice pregnant.

  8. GoodCapon says:

    - The smug is strong in this one.

    - She looks like she has a bigger bump because of her poor posture and she’s doing that old hands in front of her stomach pose again.

    - The dress… had Mother Nature reared its head we would have been witness to yet another bum shot from Kate. Fortunately Mother Nature is being kind to her today.

    - David Cameron defending Kate against Hilary Mantel’s comments. What is the world coming to.

  9. Tania says:

    I’m guessing she’s what, 20 weeks? Anyone know?

    I just hope she is being healthy and doesn’t try to starve herself post pregnancy like so many other celebrities.

  10. emmie_a says:

    Maybe the weaves are gone but she’s still wearing extensions.

    And all this hoopla for her to get out of a car, walk into the building, shake hands with staff and leave when the 45 minute alarm sounds. How is that really supporting the charity?? And call it what you will but it is not work!

  11. Newyorking says:

    I am in my final trimester and didn’t start eating for 3 till now (having twins). I actually lost 10 lbs in first tri, gained 10, lost 3 due to high protein low carb diet from gestational diabetes. Now am waiting to see how much I am putting on from extra meals.
    My pregnant friend is 6 months along and barely showing. So yeah I don’t blame Kate, she was painfully thin to begin with.

  12. Lulu says:

    Adorable! The talk of weaves is ridiculous IMO. She has a scar over her ear. End of story.

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      Lulu That “scar” has shifted position before and then disappeared entirely. And no ones hair gets that full that fast naturally while making weekly visits to a hair salon that specializes in weaves. That’s all I’m going to say on this.

      • emmie_a says:

        AB: For some reason this is my biggest pet peeve about her: Her hair is incredibly enhanced w/weaves and extensions but nobody wants to believe it. And I’m thinking she still has the extensions and some sort of weave to hide/blend her bangs — bc she had pretty thick, noticeable bangs in Dec and now, two months later, they have grown that much and aren’t as noticeable? Even pregnancy hormones can’t do that to your hair.

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        @ Emmie So it’s not just me! I was wondering the dates of the photos, because her bangs grew out fast and her hair long.

        Yes pregnancy hormones are awesome, but they’re just large amounts of what you get in prenatal vitamins. Better hair, nails, skin.

        Her “frizzy beach hair” makes me think she has extensions in, but a weave for possibly maintenance/comfort reasons out. Her hair would look frizzy and wavy because she had it up in a braided bun while in the water and took it out after the sun dried it. Point being it’s not all her hair. And the bangs looked bad. Glad she blended them out.

      • Jessica says:

        @Emmie: Speaking as someone who has bangs, bangs actually DO grow out that quickly. They grow out much faster than the rest of my hair. I have to get my bangs cut every three months to keep them nice, and even by the third month they are already looking shaggy.

  13. janie says:

    I think she looks lovely. She is decent and not addicted to fame whoring like KK.

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      Janie. I so dislike Kim, but she would run out of money without fame whoring herself. If she’s out of sight she’s out of mind. It’s her job and she gets paid to be places to party and shop. She’s not just out and about like paris these days.

      Kate should be out and about. The people would love to see her going into a few charities, baby clothes shopping. It would do wonders for her. And she did fame whore herself out, but once he got the ring she was set. The similarities between these 2 in more than anyone should have in common with kim.

  14. Micki says:

    Versatile office dress, I like it.

    I’m surprised only that “the harsh attacks” took that long. Princes Diana “happened” from 1981 to 1997.
    Time changes and the people change with it. Pity that Kate and Will appear not to understand it.

  15. Guesto says:

    Hilary Mantel’s comments have been completely misquoted and misinterpreted.

    She was talking about the media treatment and coverage of female royals, not her personal opinion of Kate. She was, in effect, defending her and asking that the press stop creating and perpetuating these ridiculous notions of what royal women are and should be.

    Oh the irony! The media jumping sanctimoniously and self-righteously on what they misinterpreted as anti-Kate comments by someone who was actually criticising them for creating the limp and docile parody creatures she was railing against in the first place!

    • Suze says:

      Heh – I just read Mantel’s remarks and realized the same thing.

      Initially I thought they were cruel, but now I realize they were more coldly analytical, not an attack on Kate as a person.

      But all that will be lost. The searing screaming emotions will rule.

    • Guesto says:

      It is a shame, both for Mantel and Kate, but for Mantel in particular as her points are excellent and deserving of attention and discussion. She’s a brilliant writer and it must be hugely frustrating for her to find herself, through mindless carelessness and thirst for sensationalism, at the centre of a tabloid rabble-rousing knock-Kate farce.

  16. Elly says:

    sadly she is still an eyeliner-victim.

  17. Eileen says:

    She looks great and I like the outfit. Hope she ignores whatever has been said about her it comes with the terrifory

  18. Merritt says:

    She looks good here. Her face looks better fuller.

  19. Mich says:

    Hear ye, hear ye! All defenders of Kate who think I never have anything nice to say about her:

    She looks good. And she actually brought some attention to what sounds like a worthy organization today.

    Whew. That wasn’t so hard. Think I might try to say something nice about her again on March 5th.

  20. isobel george says:

    I thought the queen asked the family not to take skiing holidays since the country is in recession.
    Anyone know exactly how many holidays William and Kate have taken since they married? Just asking.

  21. Marigold says:

    I guess The Mail isn’t familiar with what pregnancy looks like. It’s her first pregnancy, she was trim to begin with and she’s on the tall side. Therefore, she looks exactly as she should for how far along she is. I didn’t really show until about 6 months along and was considered perfectly healthy while pregnant. I think she looks great. Hopefully, after she gives birth, she’ll hold into 10 or 15 pounds of her pregnancy weight.

  22. apsutter says:

    She looks really really pretty here. Her hair looks blown out and beautiful and not all in her face. And her face and legs look so much better with some weight on them. Plus she’s finally wearing some decent shoes. I swear that she’s the queen of ugly ass shoes.

  23. Sachi says:

    It’s a nice dress and she looks great.

    She’s always looked her best with more weight on. She looks healthier and softer.

    She looks very “natural” without the 5 layers of makeup, blown-out hair, too much tan, etc. She looks closer to how she was in the photos 5-6 years ago when she looked so healthy and happy.

    Her hair has been extension-free since the pregnancy was announced. That is her natural hair texture/colour/thickness.

  24. the original bellaluna says:

    I think she looks cute, *ducks thrown objects* and I like how she’s “cradling” her belly protectively. (Don’t we ALL do that?)

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      Last comment!! Her hands are always in that position. She’s often gripping a glass or clutch, but she’s always holding them over her stomach. It’s a default position.

    • Jessica says:

      She has held her hands like that for the last two years. That’s nothing new, and it’s not “cradling her baby bump”. She holds her hands like that all the time and it always gives the illusion of a “bump”–which is why there have been so many headlines with “she’s totally pregnant, here’s the bump” long before she ever got pregnant.

  25. jenni dama says:

    I think she looks cute and maternal as well. Also I’m not getting the issue with her eyeliner. I know I am way out of fashion but I wear eyeliner ( on top and bottom)every time I leave the house. Granted i wear brown not black but I have a fair complexion. Is there another way to wear eyeliner? Or is Kate supposed to not wear eyeliner?

  26. RHONYC says:

    with her clout & influence she could have commissioned Vicki Becks to hook her up with an epic maternity waredrobe.

    but, no, we have…this. :-(

  27. Lisa says:

    So…. Royal or not, I still can’t bring myself to care about something growing inside of someone else’s body. WHY THE BUMP FASCINATION?

    • Guesto says:

      Beats me. No offence to them but I can barely summon up interest in Will & Kate, let alone the next generation. There’s just so little to be interested in.

    • CC says:

      1: People are stupid and worry about dumb things

      2: There’s that deeply entrenched notion about women and pregnancy expectations. Otherwise women would never get asked “are you pregnant/when will you be pregnant”. Especially true for royals (as pointed out by Martel. All about continuity of bloodlines. whether or not you’re a celeb.

      3: that whole “what will he/she/it look like”?

      and lastly…

      4: Because they come from sex and we’re a culture of pervs that want to take a peek into other people’s bedrooms in any way we can.

    • Ragamuffin says:

      Because it’s a future monarch. This is a future leader and the top excuse this woman has for doing next to nothing. The country also wants to have that photo evidence Kate is healthy.

      If the RF didn’t have this devotion they would be gone. So if no one is there to care about Kate’s bump who will pay to see future exhibits about her and her future child. Proceeds will go to the RF to maintain their life of public service. You people break it down like they’re normal or elected officials. They’re not. It’s different and if you can’t see enough to understand the other side why are you on the site telling us why you don’t care?

  28. potatopatch says:

    I do wish she would “learn” to be comfortable with that engagement ring. She holds her hands so stiffly – and in the manner of still showing it off. You would think that, 2 years later, she would be accustomed to the thing being on her finger. Noticed a new golden band on her right hand!

  29. Hope says:

    Anybody else feel it’s a little surreal that we’re all looking at and speculating about a human who isn’t even alive yet? It has to feel weird for people like Harry and William, knowing they were famous before they were born. It has to feel especially odd for the mother. If I were Kate, I don’t know. I would feel like I was growing a calf for the slaughter.

    Don’t get me wrong, I know the child will be pampered and privileged beyond my wildest dreams. But I just think about how the press hounded William and Harry when they were kids. And how the snapped those topless pics of Kate (not talking about the Mustique baby-bump mess, that clearly wasn’t an issue)with a long range lens. There are more ways to violate the privacy of people now than ever before, and pics of that kid will go for a pretty penny. I just don’t understand how you can knowingly subject an innocent child to that. Willingly, even. It’s another thing now that the boys are all grown up, and Kate was literally begging to be in the spotlight with them, but I feel bad for that little bump.

    • Suze says:

      I’m ancient, so here are my memories of Will and Harry’s childhoods.

      There were official photo ops, to be sure. And when they were older, after the divorce, there were photos of them with Diana around town that were probably pap photos – many of which she arranged. But they weren’t hounded.

      For the most part, Wills and Harry were sheltered from the press while they were growing up. I believe there was an official press moratorium when they were at Eton – in place partly to protect other students there and partly to protect them.

      And I know during Wiliam’s St. Andrew’s years, he was pretty much off limits to the press.

      The royal family has many many ways to hide their activities. Will and Kate were caught out in France, but I guarantee you that lots of their daily movements happen in places we the public will never see and paps will never photograph.

      So I think the press access to Baby WillKat will be controlled, too.

  30. aud says:

    I’m going through my first pregnancy too. I didn’t really look pregnant until 5-6 months. i think she’ll really get bigger in the next 2 months

    we all hit a point of getting huge :(

  31. blah says:

    Ugh. As a British woman, I can safely say that most people I know think she is vapid and fake.

  32. vava says:

    I don’t mind the style of the dress, but the print and color of it is just fugly. At least her skin isn’t orange from her vacay. The shoes, meh.

    I think that famous author has some excellent insights. Maybe St. James Palace will take heed and try to transform Kate into something other than a Barbie doll.

  33. blonde on the dock says:

    She looks gorgeous. But I think she should consider another hairstyle. Perhaps more layering to lighten the load. I have the same problem, thick heavy hair.

  34. samantha says:

    I’m 4 and a half months pregnant as well, due in early July. Nobody knows I’m pregnant except some of my family members. They need to give her a freaking break. Not everybody carries pregnancy the same way. Now if she was really huge at this point, they’d be complaining about that. smh.

    • sarah c says:

      I don’t know about your situation, but after she lost a ton of weight pre-wedding, she was unhealthy and emaciated looking. She wasn’t always scary skinny but was actually the picture of health — slim, but healthy and athletic.

      • vava says:

        Some say she has an eating disorder. If that’s true, then this pregnancy has got to really be bothering her.

        All I can say is that she seems vacant to me. The look in her eye…..the way she relates to people……..I’m not sure she’ll easily drift into this Royal Wife Mode. So far, it’s been a struggle for her.

  35. Ann Valor says:

    I know I’m boring and this is probably the wrong venue for being a Kate Fan, but I like her because she’s the UNGoop. She’s classy, sophisticated, fashionable, trendy, but she’s not a condescending, spoiled cunt. She’s self aware, and does have a pretty fine line to try to avoid crossing, but I really don’t get the anti-Kate rhetoric. She seems cool as hell. I’m not going to be bitter or jealous of someone who has her shit together and gets rewarded for it.

  36. Amelia says:

    I think she looks beautiful. She is tall and was already slender, so she’s not going to show that much initially. If you look at her legs, they look perfectly normal, so i would say she’s healthy. At least she’s doing charity work and not realty TV.

  37. May says:

    I’ll say somethin nice.

    If you only look at her face, and hair, she looks like she used to before de engagement. Fuller face = younger looking.

    Pregnancy works for her.

  38. kitkerenina says:

    An occasional wrap dress is a poor cover for what has clearly been shown to be a bikini dominant mentality.

  39. KellyinSeattle says:

    I like Kate, don’t care whether or not she “works”, and think she looks great….RIP Diana; she would’ve loved to be a grandma.

  40. Andrea says:

    I definitely agree with all of the above, her fuller face makes her look younger. I like the dress and hair and I think she finally doesn’t look emaciated. If only she can not be so thin once the baby is born.

  41. June says:

    Am I the only person here who thinks the dress is awfull? Waist as alway too high (nothing to do with her bump as there is none, so she doesn’t need a high waist now). To me she looks very plain, nothing special, no sence of taste. meh

  42. JulieM says:

    I usually don’t have anything good to say about Waity, but she does look healthy here. A little more meat on her bones does become her.

    Hilary Mantel’s comments were taken out of context just so DM could whip up some sympathy for Kate after all the negative fallout from her most recent holiday. Ms. Mantel is right on.

  43. vava says:

    Hate that dress. Mostly because of the bland color and the weird pattern. Well at least she isn’t as ORANGE as I expected her to be after her luxurious vacation on Mustique.

    Kate seems to have gotten quite bigger in ONE WEEK’S TIME. She didn’t have that much of a bump last week in her bikini – what is up with that?

  44. Evanna says:

    I saw some video on the Daily Mail and she looked pretty tired and bored, at least act like you are interested and care about these people. How long was this visit to Hope House? I’m only asking because its absolutely ridiculous to have a time limit on a visit especially when you don’t have any other places to go after this visit. I read on WhatKateWore that when she visits a few places on March 5, she will be meeting with youth about the high unemployment among the youth. How can she relate to people who are out there struggling to find work? She never had to worry about that, she and this child are set for life.

  45. Mandy says:

    She’s gonna be such a cute preggo!

  46. Me Three says:

    I guess since I’m not a Brit I just don’t get the fascination with Kate. And I really don’t get the constant “Kate” watch as I think she looks rather ordinary. Not saying that’s bad; just don’t get everyone’s fixation on her. To me her fashion choices are predictable and meh. And, the only reason she’s famous is who she’s married to so again, why the fascination?

    • isobel george says:

      She will be the wife of the future Head of State of the UK. Even now, she is looked up to as a role model. Unfortunately, irrespective of whom has decided that Kate will undertake so few engagements, she is like a manequin occasionally wheeled in and out of public display in a new dress. As a renouned author, Mantel’s comments should be taken seriously since they treat the media’s and the public’s perception of Kate and the monarchy not her own personal opinions.

  47. Katebush says:

    She looks lovely.
    She suits the extra weight- the dress is flattering- Im glad she’s growing out the fringe tho (thats what we call bangs in NZ)
    I think she’s harmless- dont understand why people are so mean about her- I dont remember people being so critical about Diana when she came on the scene- but maybe people were more innocent/naive then.. no internet either I suppose LOL…

    • isobel george says:

      Diana worked hard from the beginning of her marriage including engagements during her honeymoon cruise and throughout her pregnancies. She even took on engagements while she was engaged to Charles. The only criticism that was levied at Diana was the expensive wardrobe purchased during a recession. Now, we Brits are in another recession yet little criticism is directed towards Kate’s expensive wardrobe. It is her abject laziness, her dossing about that people cannot stand.

  48. Joanna says:

    She looks really pretty in these pictures.

  49. Caroline says:

    Good dress; is her hair color lighter? I don’t care if she has extensions/weaves, it looks good, esp in daylight.
    I really want her wear different types of shoes once in a while.