Duchess Kate in maternity Mulberry at Windsor Castle: super-cute & glowing?

Yay, new Duchess Kate photos! Believe it or not, I really do get excited when we have new photos of Kate, especially when she’s wearing a never-before-seen outfit! I always imagine that her closet is full of outfits that we’ve never seen, but she saves them for her vacations. These are photos of Kate yesterday at Windsor Castle, where she took over an event which the Queen was supposed to host – the Queen pulled out of the event, I guess because it was her birthday and she wanted to celebrate quietly (and without Kate!). Kate hosted a “national celebration for scouts who have achieved the Queen’s Scout Award“. Kate also got to mingle with a celebrity too, in the form of Chief Scout Bear Grylls, who is absolutely adorable in his scout’s uniform.

Kate wore this Mulberry maternity dress. From the front, it looks like it’s a two-piece suit, but it’s not. It’s all one-piece, and the “jacket” is just a weird styling design. Shall we discuss the buttons? Or should we just let Kate’s Button Problem exist? I kind of give her a pass on the buttons for this outfit because I think it’s probably difficult for her to find maternity suits and dresses that aren’t too cutesy and buttony, you know? I do like the bright color on her, and we’ve seen the hat before (several times before).

Behold, the royal baby bump! Six months into her first pregnancy, Kate Middleton is finally really showing — and it suits her well. On Sunday, April 21, the expectant Duchess of Cambridge attended the annual National Review of Queen’s Scouts at Windsor Castle, where she offered one of the best glimpses yet of her growing belly.

Stylish as usual in a mint-green Mulberry cotton-tweed coat, a Whiteley Cappuccino pill box hat, and her favorite LK Bennett “Sledge” heels, the 31-year-old first-time mom-to-be looked radiant and healthy. She smiled widely as she mingled with some of the nearly 3,000 guests who had gathered to watch the parade, which honors young Scouts for their outstanding personal achievements.

The Duchess — who volunteers with the Scout Association and recently took part in a training day at a Scout camp outside London — assisted in handing out the Queen’s Scouts Awards, the highest possible honors for young Scouts. She also met with Chief Scout Bear Grylls, of the show Man vs. Wild, who became one of the U.K.’s youngest Chief Scouts in 2009 at the age of 34. Grylls said Middleton had been “an incredible role model” within the organization and credited her with showing people that “Scouting’s not just for boys.”

“She’s also such a generous volunteer and everyone is so excited to have her in the Scouting family,” he raved. “Many people have followed her lead and are getting involved and enjoying the adventure.”

Prior to the event, Prince William’s wife visited Queen Elizabeth, who turned 87 on Sunday. A Buckingham Palace rep tells Us Weekly that Her Majesty is “celebrating privately at Windsor Castle.”

[From Us Weekly]

Kate probably does enjoy the Scouting stuff, even though she’s yet to attend a red-carpet gala for the organization! Still, work with the Scouts provides for some very good photo-ops when one has been caught shopping every day in a given week. You know we’ve only got a month more of this stuff before she goes on “maternity leave” right?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Pixie says:

    I feel like her belly’s really popped now- she looks good! I like the coat too!!

  2. Eleonor says:

    She is carrying the pregnancy very well. I hope she keeps some weight on, after the baby will be born.

  3. Cool Phosphorescent Shimmer says:

    I am sick of seeing Kate in a coat. Now, I get that it’s cold in England, and I don’t want the Duchess to freeze, but can’t she ever go anywhere indoors? Coats are just so booooooring. Evcen great coats are still dull. I don’t recall the vast majority of Princess Diana’s photos being of her wearing a coat…I want to see some dresses! Evening clothes! Luncheon attire! C’Mon!

  4. Anastasia says:

    I guess it’s just me, but I think that dress is pretty bleh. The color, the texture, the buttons. It does nothing for her.


  5. Buckwild says:

    Cute coat! That hat looks like a little shaving of chocolate LOL.

  6. elceibeno08 says:

    I absolutely love the Duchess’ dress. It is a cute/casual little outfit. Bear Grylls I thought, was a tall fellow! In the Docker pants ads that he is endorsing he looks like he is over 6 feet tall, but in these pictures he is standing next to Kate and he doesn’t look very tall. Appearances are deceiving.

  7. teehee says:

    Sorry but now every time when I see her, I can’t help but think “uppity family pawn”…

  8. Anna says:

    I bought a pair of mint cigarette pants last week and now feeling very on-trend, color-wise :) That’s my whole takeaway from this story.

  9. kibbles says:

    She dresses well, looks cute, and is glowing as an expectant mother. That said, I’ve always been meh about her. I haven’t forgotten that she and William are lazy brats. The baby will surely bring them some much needed positive press and adoration from the public, but they are so bland that I don’t really care as much as I would with a more exciting and modern Duchess with interests, hobbies, and a real passion for her charities. I think I’ll be much more excited if or when Harry gets married and becomes a father.

  10. Caity says:

    Her face looks really lovely, pregnancy hormones/weight is just making her glow!
    I hope she doesn’t diet too hard after having the baby. Just be healthy Kate!

  11. Cazzee says:

    He face looks so much prettier with a bit of fullness to it – hope Kate can see that in pictures and decides to keep an extra ten pounds on after the pregnancy…otherwise she just looks so harsh.

  12. amanda says:

    Her smiles are so forced and fake looking. Her face must hurt after performing at these engagements!

  13. Prettytarheelfan says:

    Her face look so beautiful with a bit of weight!

  14. The Wizz says:

    Love the bump. Love Bear.

  15. dorothy says:

    She looks great. This is how a pregnant woman should look. Kim, are you listening?

  16. candice says:

    “Volunteer work”? “Role Model”?? Seriously?? It’s an insult to true role models and real volunteers (i.e. those who do actual “work”, not just smile for the cameras) to attribute these terms to Kate. What a crock of sh*t.

  17. Faye says:

    I guess I’m just a prim old thing, because every time I see her in these short coats, I have to fight the urge to hiss, a la an old schoolmistress, “Cover up, young lady!” It’s one thing to wear shorter things when you’re out and about casually, but to me, when you’re an adult, going to formal events (especially royal events) in short things is just sort of declasse.

    • kathleen says:

      I totally agree with you. It almost looks like she is unable to find stuff long enough enough? Like a tall person shopping in the petite section? But that’s impossible as she has all the money and time in the world to buy the right size. I think she just doesn’t know how to dress for her role and apparently no one has a desire to tell her? She doesn’t have to dress like grandma, but come on…what will she wear when she is queen?!

  18. Another Ann says:

    Will never understand why they have to wear those ridiculous looking “hats”. It ages her by 20 years.

    She looks great otherwise.

  19. The Original Mia says:

    That’s a dress? And not a coat & dress? Wow. Ugly, too short, and matronly.

    Oh, well…she does glow & the bump has finally popped.

  20. Cirque28 says:

    The color is nice, but I think Kate’s dress/coat thing is deeply frumpy. It reminds me of the leftover 1960s housecoats you used to be able to buy at Goodwill for $3.

    But what a reserved little bump she has! Kim Kardashian must be sticking pins in a Duchess doll right now.

  21. helen says:

    haha, it really looks like a fake pregnancy! I mean, her baby bump looked so small till yesterday and now it got that bigger! and I see no other changes in her body-face.

    kidding , of course. She wears the best clothes and knows how to hide her weight gain and her bump

  22. Amanda says:

    I must say, she does look better with a bit more weight on her. She should keep it up after she has the baby too.

  23. truthful says:

    she looks cute but those buttons not too much…

    her face looks better with a lil weight on it.

  24. ruby says:

    What a horrible outfit O.o The prissy colour, the cut (it makes her look like a tub on legs), the childish buttons… And the ever-present too short hemline. How people see a glow under all that fake tan and badly applied blush, I have no idea.

    Girl really has no clue how to dress a pregnant body. People rail on Kim Kardashian because she’s obviously clueless, but I think Kate is doing just as badly in her own way.

  25. LAK says:

    On a different note, whatever happened to the girl guides?? Anyone know? Are they still around??

  26. s says:

    OMG, she looks so great pregnant.

  27. Regina Lynx says:

    I can’t help it, but whenever I come across pictures of Kate talking to someone (like in pictures #1 and #5), her face makes it seem her whole energy is directed towards thinking, “Must… pay… attention… must… act… interested…”

    Other than that, the coat dress is cute and her legs are amazing.

  28. silken_floss says:

    Just here for Bear Grylls. Love me some Baby Bear!!! :D DD

  29. Goga says:

    Who cares about boring Kate, I am just thrilled to see Bear Grylls, the guy from the Ultimate Survival!

  30. ANGELIC 20 says:

    i love this color ,it’s very much spring other then that i don’t really like anything about this coat. the hemline is short, the dress had been riding up her thigh while she was sitting, the buttons are ugly, she is failing at the vintage look she was trying to achieve and accessories are ghastly and don’t go with the outfit. she should have worn same colored shoes and hat with this ,she spends so much money on her clothes so i think she should hire a stylist to give a wow look because most of the time she looks okay.

    having said that she looks beautiful with her full face, she looked happy, relaxed at the event. pregnancy really suits her and i hope she keeps some of this weight gain after the birth because this is the best she looked since the engagement announcement.

    • My2Pence says:

      @ Angelic 2.0. And at $3000 for the coat, much less the dress, shouldn’t it be something that wows? Instead it is bland, far too short, and against protocol. Fails all around.

      Why on earth is she wearing those 4-5″ spike heels to stomp around the grass? Wouldn’t this up the possibility of her falling, if she got her heel stuck in the grass just like she got it caught in the grate in March? Why not wear those (albeit ugly) wedge heels she likes so much and err on the side of caution?

  31. JulieM says:

    She looks good and healthy, she always does. Glad the baby belly finally popped out. Other than that, boring, lazy woman.

    Did I miss a post here about Kate living with her mother after the baby is born? Ran on DM several days ago. I’m no great fan of Kate, but women tend to need their mother after they give birth. Kind of predictable, but I can’t knock her for that.

  32. Kelly says:

    I love the way she dresses, but this is just okay. Like one of the other posters said, she needs to shake it up. A nice little dress.

  33. cumber says:

    why she always wear shorter skirt after she’s pregnant? the lenght of her skirt never been this short before.

  34. vava says:

    Well, as usual, she looks as if she truly does need a stylist.

    The coat doesn’t fit. Look at how tight the arms are, and the upper bodice, and the way the sleeve cap is cut in on the armseye. The whole design just looks likes something about 4 sizes too small for her. The 3/4 length sleeves are not doing her any favors in this situation.

    The buttons are hideous.

    The color and texture of the fabric I don’t mind, but you’d think a design house like Mulberry would not want this coat worn like this.

    Her posture doesn’t help, either.

  35. Jackson says:

    Ugh. Bear Grylls is such an incredible fake. And Kate looks great, although that outfit looks rather frumpy.

    • FLORC says:

      Yes! He’s such a fake. It’s nice he’s lending his time to a good cause, but he’s just full of lies and his wilderness survival products and tips are the last things you want in the woods.

    • Amelia says:

      I think he means well and he seems like a sweetheart, but I tend to agree. He’s not nearly as hardcore as his publicists/producers like to make out.

      • FLORC says:

        It’s good of him to donate his time. However, it’s irresponsible of him to present himself as an expert survivalist when giving terrible advice on how to survive in extreme circumstances. Yes he is an expert to some extent, but the advice his gives is not helpful and could lead to a persons death. And we all know the show is scripted to no end. This is on top of his Gerber/Grylls knives. The blade is cheap and the handle is often plastic.

        He may be a sweetheart, but I see him more as someone who will put his name on anything as long as he gets paid. Camping, rock climbing, survival gear and all other items in that type of outdoor recreation shouldn’t be cheap in quality. Sorry if I ranted on, but he really gets under my skin.

  36. apsutter says:

    Ewww…when your favorite shoes are named the “Sledge” heels maybe you should reconsider your shoe choices.

  37. Reece says:

    I want some mint chocolate chip ice cream!

  38. JL says:

    I like the dress OK, but I don’t like all the lines and pockets – it would be cuter without them.

    She looks good.

  39. DGO says:

    She needs to go up a size. The coat is so tight the side slits are unflatteringly split open. I know most of you seem to love her, but she just looks crass and unstyled to me. I do not like her style.

  40. heidi says:

    I do love her look, the smile and her spirit.
    According to her due date, the baby will be a little Cancer or Leo if last week of July.

  41. moon says:


    And for god’s sake Kate, change your shoes

  42. Sachi says:

    Such an expensive coat…but it’s wrong for Kate and her accessories don’t help.

    I think that particular shade of green suits people with either dark skin tone or very pale skin. This same coat on the model of Mulberry’s ad campaign had pale skin and dark hair and she looked perfect. The accessories on the model also matched the coat.

    The color clashes with Kate’s skin tone, making the coat look a bit too loud and flashy and Kate looks yellow and splotchy. If this coat was powder blue or light pink, it would suit Kate much better.

    This coat will look better if it’s 3 inches longer. It’s the kind of coat that should always be worn below the knee because the fabric and the cut are quite matronly.

    If she wore this coat unbuttoned, she’d look fresher and more stylish.

    • FLORC says:

      The color isn’t right, but isn’t it the trendy spring color right now? I always thought she looked really good in more vibrant bold colors. And this being a coat dress makes it so much worse. Even her fans here are saying the coat is doing her no favors.

  43. txmom says:

    I’m just so excited she has her hair BEHIND her shoulders! And she isn’t touching it!

  44. Stubbylove says:

    This is, by far, my absolute favorite outfit from our dear Duchess. Sophisticated, gorgeous color and shape, fun, different and appropriate. Good for you Kate – now just cut your damn hair and get rid of the raccoon eyes and your gold.

  45. Belle says:

    She looks cute… I don’t love the styling, but I like the outfit well enough… but DAYY-UM, it is so short! Seriously, I am not a prude, and think shorter dresses and mini skirts are quite cute on certain people, in appropriate circumstances. I even like this length on some pregnant ladies as well. For Kate to wear it to a formal, ROYAL event (subbing for the Queen, no less), it just seems… SHORT! ;) Maybe something this length while on vacation… walking the beach or strolling about shopping, but when representing the RF, I just think these dresses/coats are way too short.

    I saw these pics on DM and at the time, many people were defending the coat/dress length, saying it is ‘just above the knee’, and perfectly find for a lovely young lady to wear. Hmmm. Just above the knee? Seriously… LOL That thing looks like it is a good 3+ inches above the knee!

  46. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    She always dresses like Barbara Bush, Sr. (who I disliked anyway, as a person).

    Except to be fair to Mrs. Bush, she didn’t use that tacky fake tan, black eyeliner, and pancake make-up. Omg, I just realized old lady Bush was a style icon compared to Duchess Kate!

  47. Trek Girl says:

    I like the length of her dress. I don’t think it’s too short. In fact, I think it’s the perfect length for her.

    • My2Pence says:

      @ Trek Girl. That is your opinion and you are obviously free to have it. But what you like and what she is required to wear for her job are two different things.

      There is a dress protocol as to how she is required to dress for her job just like you may have a dress code at work. You might not like those rules, she clearly doesn’t, but she is required to follow them or continue to be criticized for it. Heels 3″ or less and no platforms, not 4-5″ plus platforms. Hemlines to the knee, not 4 inches above it.

      She’s dressed inappropriately yet again. It is a slap in the face to Her Majesty and the simple request that Middleton follow the same dress protocol all the other royal ladies have to follow when on official engagements for HM.

  48. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    If the dress were longer I could see Betty Draper wearing it before she was fat.

    That said, reading the adoring tone and implications of the story, I would say the average person continues to believe that Kate is a hard working, dedicated royal in the mold of Diane. She IS GETTING AWAY WITH IT, PEOPLE!

    Also, the going to live with mom story for the baby seems to make official what seems to be the case already– she lives with her parents!! William lives…..I dunno. They make a few public appearances together and evidently had sexual relations round about October 2012.

  49. lisa says:

    i feel like i may have seen the hat before but i’m not sure. i love it. i’d wear it every day.

  50. jes_sayin says:

    Maybe I’m alone here, but I always look at her and wonder HOW is she still so thin??

    It’s weird.. she’s still thinner than her engagement days.

  51. Caroline says:

    She’s carrying beautifully *jealous sigh*

  52. citygirlsf says:

    That really is a cute little bump.

  53. oohduchess! says:

    I wouldn’t wear that dress even if it means punishment! its more than meh