London: Prince William's wife Kate attended her first official royal engagement here today to greet the president of Singapore?since it was announced that she is pregnant with her and the Duke of Cambridge's second baby.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is just over 12 weeks pregnant, displayed her baby bump in a silver Alexander McQueen coat and Jane Taylor hat as she arrived at a central London hotel with her husband William as part of a historic state visit by Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam.
She has been suffering from another bout of the rare form of morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, and a series of royal engagements had been cancelled as she recuperated.
Kensington Palace had issued a statement yesterday confirming that her second royal baby is due in April, 2015 and that the Duchess is now well enough to attend royal events again.
Kate, along with William, second-in-line to the British throne, greeted the president and his wife Mary at the exclusive Royal Garden Hotel close to their Kensington Palace home, in central London, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II.
It is believed the last time the two couples met was in September, 2012 when the Duke and Duchess visited Singapore during their Diamond Jubilee tour of southeast Asia and the south Pacific.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh also formally greeted the foreign leader and his wife at Horse Guards Parade. William alone will later join guests as the Queen hosts a private lunch at the Palace afterwards, followed by a tour of an exhibition of Singapore-related items, from the Royal Collection, in the palace picture gallery.
It is the first time William and Kate have taken part in a state visit to this extent. The couple will not be at this evening's state banquet, with the Duchess instead attending the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 awards at the Natural History Museum.
Tan is the first Singaporean head of state to make a state visit to Britain and he will spend his four-day trip conducting a busy round of meetings, visits and hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister David Cameron.