Kate Middleton and her royal baby bump have just appeared for her final solo appearance! The Duchess is at Southampton's royal ship naming ceremony this morning, marking the end of her royal commitments before giving birth to her first child with Prince William next month.
During the christening service, which is a long-standing royal tradition, Kate will become godmother of the 3,600-passenger ship as she smashes a champagne bottle over its hull. The eight-months-pregnant Duchess has already boarded the ship for a tour and is set to explore the ship's over-water 'sea walk' and top-deck glass bottomed walkway. Yikes!
So what's Kate wearing for her last solo engagement? Dalmatian print, no less! Yes, the Duchess has chosen a chic coat in black and white, which she's wearing over a matching dress. It's certainly a refreshing look for the young royal who rarely wears such a statement print. She's teamed the look with suede black heels, a dainty fascinator that we've not seen before by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and Company as well as an Alexander McQueen Wicca Mini-Satchel in white.
Ever the thrifty dresser, Kate is back to her highstreet-wearing ways as this coat comes courtesy of Hobbs. It's available now - but not for long - from Hobbs.com for £169.00 so get it before it goes, copy-Kates! Hanging to the knee, the collarless coat has a zip fastening and two front pockets. As the Hobbs site notes, dalmatian is the print of the season so it makes for a very on-trend look that the likes of Kate Moss would be proud of.
Of course, this isn't the first time we've seen the DoC wearing Hobbs. She played football wearing a ladylike fit-and-flare dress in July last year, which cost a bargaintastic £35 and quickly sold out in every size. And back in February 2012, she sported a knee-length winter coat in sumptuous chestnut-brown, also from the highstreet hero.
At the time, Hobbs Chairman, Iain MacRitchie, told us, 'We are delighted to see our designers getting recognition for their creative talent and the Hobbs brand credentials. With the UK's strength and depth of contemporary British designer fashion it is fantastic to see this important industry increasingly getting a worldwide profile.' As for today's ensemble, a Hobbs spokesperson told us, 'It is an honour whenever the Duchess of Cambridge chooses to wear the UK high street.' Hear, hear!
Watch the Duchess christening the passenger ship by smashing a £1,250 bottle of Moët & Chandon against the hull in the video below - and with that, Kate is officially godmother of the ship!
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