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Kate Middleton makes her last public appearance before the birth of her royal baby

Kate Middleton joined the British royal family on Saturday for her last public appearance before the birth or her royal baby. Heavily pregnant Kate attended the Trooping of the Colour parade at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen's official birthday for her last public engagement before her maternity leave begins.


Kate dressed her baby bump in a light pink coat by Alexander McQueen and wore a similarly coloured hat by couture milliner Jane Corbett. The Duchess, who is fast approaching her July due date, joined her brother-in-law Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cornwall in the leading carriage as the procession got underway.

Prince Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie followed, in front of The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor.

The Queen herself was accompanied in the Glass coach by her cousin, the Duke of Kent, as The Duke of Edinburgh is still recovering in hospital.

Prince Charles, Prince William and the Princess Royal rode on horseback throughout the procession, acting as the royal colonels, before the family assembled on the on the palace balcony to watch the spectacular flypast.

Pregnant Kate dressed her baby bump in a light pink coat by Alexander McQueen, the creators of her famous wedding dress. The Duchess of Cambridge added a matching pink hat by couture milliner Jane Corbett which she previously wore last May at the Diamond Jubilee garden party. 

As she did at last year's ceremony, The Duchess of Cambridge shared the carriage with her brother-in-law Prince Harry and, mother-in-law Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who chose a cream outfit for the occasion. To protect themselves from the cold a blue and green tartan blankett was provided in the carriage. 

Prince Harry looked dapper in his military uniform, smiling at the hordes of well-wishers who had gathered to see the royal procession. 

The Queen's second child, Prince Andrew, was joined by his two daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. The Princesses visited their grandfather, Prince Philip, in hospital on Friday. The close sisters were photographed arriving at the London Clinic on Harley Street, where the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted last Friday. 

Given her husband's absense the Queen was accompanied throughout her official birthday celebrations by her cousin, the Duke of Kent. The last time Prince Philip missed the Trooping of the Colour was back in 1968 due to an overseas engagement. Following this year's ceremony, the Queen visited her husband, 92, in hospital. 

The royal colonels took part in the ceremony on horseback. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, Princess Anne, the Princess Royal is the Colonel of the Blues and Royals and father-to-be Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge is Colonel of the Irish Guards. 

The colourful procession drew tens of thousands to the British capital. 

The Queen looked splendid in a royal blue outfit as she inspected the Household Cavalry at the Horse Guards Parade with Princess Anne, Prince Charles and Prince William close by on horseback. 

Prince Harry was spotted making Kate laugh as they waited for Prince William and the rest of the royal family to join them on the palace balcony. 

Assembled publicly for the last time before a new member is added to their royal family.

From left to right: Lady Rose, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie of York, Princess Beatrice of York, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Katharine, Duchess of Kent 

The Queen waves to all those who have gathered to celebrate her official birtday.

From left to right: The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, Prince Harry, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William. 

There were high spirits and big smiles all round, from the Queen, Prince Andrew, Prince Harry, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William. 

Prince William and his wife Catherine made their last public appearance as a couple before they become parents in July, when the Duchess' baby is due. 

Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex brought their two children, Lady Louise and Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, onto the balcony to enjoy the flypast. 

The wind meant no Spitfires or Hurricanes flew over the palace but the RAF Lancasters gave a dramatic performance, as did the Red Arrows. 

The Red Arrows gave their usual spectacular display.