Pregnant Kate Middleton was spotted walking her dog Lupo with a friend in London's Hyde Park on Monday.
Kate wrapped up from the bitter cold in her LK Bennett brown shearling Darwin jacket, trademark black skinny jeans and Le Chameau wellies. The luxurious £745 jacket is one of Kate's daytime favourites. The Duchess chatted with old schoolfriend Trini Foyle, who recently became a mum, as they walked through the 350-acre royal park.
Prince William and Kate's beloved black Cocker Spaniel pup Lupo ran in the park which is just a stone's throw from the Kensington Palace flat that they are due to move into later this year. Any puppy training had clearly paid off as the energetic one-year-old was trusted off of his lead.
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Lupo was born to the Middleton's family dog, Ella, and was thought to be a present from William to his wife on her 30th birthday. The Spaniel no doubt gives the active mum-to-be plenty of excuses to enjoy some fresh air during the remaining months of her pregnancy.
Hyde Park is familiar to young Lupo who currently lives with the young royals in a cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace . They are due move into Apartment 1A of the palace this year once renovations have been completed. They will live in the splendid six-bedroom flat that the late Princess Margaret, the Queen's sister, used to call home.
Kate attended her first public engagement since her pregnancy was announced at Hope House on February 19. The visit coincided with the midway point of her pregnancy. It was the first time the public had caught a glimpse of the world's most talked about baby bump.
The Duchess looked relaxed and healthy as she spoke to the young mothers at the all-female rehabilitation centre in South London which falls under the umbrella of her patronage, Action on Addiction.
She struck up maternal solidarity with residents and when asked whether she was nervous about giving birth to her baby in July, Kate said it would be "unnatural" if she wasn't.
With motherhood clearly on her mind, Kate, wearing a monochrome MaxMara dress, was drawn to the children who had turned up to see her, and was particularly taken with one little girl who presented her with a bouquet of pink flowers.
The parents-to-be returned from a relaxing trip to Mustique – dubbed a "babymoon" – in the middle of February. They joined Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton, who were said to be staying in a nearby villa.
Despite difficult bouts of morning sickness blighting the early stages of her pregnancy, Kate has now recovered and looks healthy as she prepares for the arrival of her baby in July.
It's a little princess!