She's positively glowing! Kate Middleton — who is pregnant with her third child — visited the English city of Coventry on Tuesday, January 16, for an official royal outing with her husband, Prince William. At the event, Kate, 36, showed off her growing baby bump in a recycled pink Mulberry coat that she previously donned twice while pregnant with Princess Charlotte. Because the duchess wore the frock while expecting a daughter in the past, many royal fans wondered if Kate was hinting at baby No. 3's gender by wearing the bright pink coat. A little sister for Prince George and Charlotte would be so exciting!
After they arrived in Coventry, Kate and William were greeted by a crowd of local students from Sacred Heart School. According to People, one little fan, 9-year-old Darcy Hayes, gave Kate a bouquet of yellow and blue flowers when they met. "She said her son George will love the flowers because he loves police colors. I told them I had an American Girl doll for Christmas, and William said Charlotte loves dolls. They were nice and cheerful," Hayes said of the royal couple. Another child, 9-year-old Mia Ramin, similarly gushed that the Duke and Duchess "seemed really nice." How cute!
Kate on Jan. 16. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Just last week, Kate stepped out at West London's Reach Academy on Wednesday, January 10, where she also flaunted her baby bump in a recycled Seraphine dress paired with a wool coat by Hobbs. Kate previously wore the pretty blue-and-green frock (which retails for $87) twice during her pregnancy with Charlotte. Though Kate has been photographed many times in recent months — most notably her exciting appearance with future sister-in-law Meghan Markle on Christmas! — her latest outings are the first time in a while that her baby bump has been noticeably prominent. In October, the Duchess showed off her growing belly for only the second time when she visited London's Paddington train station with William and Prince Harry.
Kate on Jan. 10. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Earlier last fall, Kate made her first public appearance at Buckingham Palace after revealing she is expecting again. The mom-of-two had sadly been suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum — a severe form of morning sickness that can last throughout an entire pregnancy — and had stayed completely out of the spotlight until that time. After Kate debuted her tiny baby bump, she was unfortunately mom-shamed by online haters who slammed the gorgeous royal's appearance for a plethora of silly reasons.
According to Glamour magazine, people commented things like, "Of course she doesn't look pregnant," "I can't believe she's prego, she looks too thin," and "Malnourished anorexic," in response to the photos. Truly awful, right?! It, of course, goes without saying that every woman is different and every pregnancy is different, so no one should be shaming a glowing mom-to-be about her appearance, baby bump, or really anthing else.
A source close to Kate recently told Us Weekly that she is now "feeling great" after suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. "[She is] enjoying her later months of pregnancy... It’s amazing what a difference the later trimesters feel like compared to the early days, which she really struggled with more than ever this time," the insider revealed. We can't wait to see more of Kate as her cute baby bump grows!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Closer Weekly.