Middleton bump enjoys first public appearance.

The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Hope House

Kate lovingly holds bump during a talk given by Nick Barton, chief executive of the charity. Courtesy of BBC.

Hope House, South London was today greeted by a special visitor. Kate’s bump enjoyed his/her first public outing as mummy liaised and provided inspiration to women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.

Kate wore a printed grey wrap dress by MaxMara. Typical to her conservative, classic style she accessorised black court shoes (with a heel!) with understated Cartier jewels and signature brown, glossy curls. Although the wrap style is a typical choice for Kate, this particular piece hugged her stomach just enough to tease the paparazzi with hints of baby’s appearance – from the right angle, of course.

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Bump clearly visible as Kate accepts a bouquet of flowers from a young girl.

The dress was taken from the Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Despite being two years ‘out of date’, thrifty Kate boasted that she was delighted to find the dress on sale on the Matches website (buy similar styles at www.matches.com). £298 to £148—proof that even the Mountbatten-Windsor females like to bargain hunt. Kate admired the muted pattern tone and the ability to add a demure slip underneath, ensuring modesty for the special occasion.

Although a global fashion force, MaxMara remains a true family business. Chairman Luigi Maramotti, 54, takes pride in the brand’s focus on classicism and creation of timeless pieces that encourage women to maintain a minimal, ethical wardrobe. Maramotti says: “Environmentally, we strive to always take two steps forward…this season’s jackets are reversible. Quilted on one side, they appear as a very thin, yet warm, padded jacket, perfect for the daytime; turn them inside out, though, and the shiny fabric revealed is ideal for evenings. Once winter’s over, the jacket can be folded back into the small cube container in which it came, ideal for storage or travelling.” (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/all-wrapped-up-whats-next-for-max-mara)

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A side view of Kate’s ‘bargain’ MaxMara dress. Courtesy of BBC.

Kate is regularly photographed wearing MaxMara collection coats, a particular favourite being a cream, bow-belt piece conveniently named ‘The Princess Coat’. Classic, fresh and modest, the coat is a favourite for public appearances, city breaks and countless afternoons spent watching William in numerous sporting events. Oh, the bane of being a sport widow.

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Gorgeous! Kate’s favourite designer coat. Courtesy of BBC.

Happy Mother’s Day, Kate, and keep up the good work!

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