Pregnant Duchess of Cambridge reveals her growing baby bump on a royal visit to meet school kids

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THE Duchess of Cambridge was the picture of good health as she showed off her burgeoning baby bump during a visit to meet school kids today.

Pregnant Kate was greeted by young fans lining up to meet her outside Reach Academy in Feltham, west London overnight.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Reach Academy Feltham in London. Picture: AFP
Camera IconBritain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Reach Academy Feltham in London. Picture: AFPPicture: AFP

Kate, 36, was visiting as royal patron of Place2Be, a charity providing children’s mental health services to 282 schools in the UK.

The fresh-faced Duchess was dressed in a pretty floral print dress by Seraphine teamed with a midnight-blue Hobbs coat and matching heels.

And she appeared right at home in the early years section of the nursery, where she got creative and helped youngsters with their artwork.

The mother-to-be also chatted to parents who have benefited from the school’s parenting support.

Kate, due to give birth to her third child in April, interacts with children during her visit. Picture: AFP
Camera IconKate, due to give birth to her third child in April, interacts with children during her visit. Picture: AFPPicture: AFP

Kate was then given a tour of the school, which teaches pupils aged four to 18.

She then talked with Place2Be staff and a group of secondary pupils about the support on offer.

The Duchess was quick to break the ice with young creatives at the school, as she asked them about their painting.

And she even made a furry friend after meeting Bear, a four-month-old puppy training to be a therapy dog.

When trained, Bear will be used to calm down students experiencing heightened emotion.

He will also help children struggling to learn to read, as pupils may feel more comfortable stumbling on a word while reading aloud to him than to an adult.

She also met Bear, a four-month-old puppy training to be a therapy dog. Picture: AFP
Camera IconShe also met Bear, a four-month-old puppy training to be a therapy dog. Picture: AFPPicture: AFP

Kate is expecting her third child with Prince William, 35, after announcing her pregnancy in September.

She was forced to announce the pregnancy early on due to hyperemesis gravidarum.

The severe morning sickness she suffers can make even eating and drinking a struggle and forced her to pull out of royal engagements in the past.

The Duchess appeared to be feeling well after a struggle with severe morning sickness. Picture: AFP
Camera IconThe Duchess appeared to be feeling well after a struggle with severe morning sickness. Picture: AFPPicture: AFP

But on this latest outing the mother of Princess Charlotte, two, and Prince George, four, looked in excellent health as she chatted away brightly to school kids.

The Duchess has been the charity’s royal patron since 2013.

Kate wore a stylish dark blue coat as she arrived. Picture: AFP
Camera IconKate wore a stylish dark blue coat as she arrived. Picture: AFPPicture: AFP

In addition, she supports a range of other mental health charities with her husband the Duke of Cambridge and brother-in-law Prince Harry.

Place2Be helps children experiencing issues such as bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.

The Duchess of Cambridge greets children on her arrival to the school. Picture: AFP
Camera IconThe Duchess of Cambridge greets children on her arrival to the school. Picture: AFPPicture: AFP

Reach Academy Principal Ed Vainker said he believed that schools needed to work closely with families for children to get the best out of school.

He added: “I think that a key message was we got the 15th best GCSE results in England this year, and I think there’s a narrative that schools are either great for academics or they’re really holistic and support children’s wellbeing.

“One of the things I really wanted to impress upon the Duchess was we believe those two things can completely go together.”

This article originally appeared onThe Sunand has been republished with permission.



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