Kate Middleton, who is currently pregnant with royal baby number three, stepped out today (Wednesday January 17) in a colourful Boden coat during an official outing.
The Duchess of Cambridge made a visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital, and was pictured being greeted by nine-year-old Ava, who handed her a cuddly teddy bear upon her arrival.
While the mum-to-be impressed with her bright orange jacket (and royal lovers adored the high street number) there was one unusual thing about the ensemble Prince William’s wife opted for.
Kate, age 36, ditched her extortionately expensive engagement ring as she visited the London location.
This is the first time Prince Harry’s sister in law has done so during an official outing, which has left room for speculation.
As Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s mum enters her third trimester, it’s natural for her to experience excess swelling, with hands and ankles being common places to bloat.
Kate Middleton has an outfit change as she arrives to view the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative at Bond Primary School in Mitcham [Wenn ]
Linda Bryceland, Head of Midwifery at Private Midwives told OK! Online: “Swelling is completely normal during pregnancy due to the additional blood and excess fluid that collects in your body tissues.
“This is often particularly experienced in your ankles, feet and hands.
“Every pregnancy is different; therefore, you might experience more swelling in your second or third pregnancy compared to your first pregnancy.
“This is due to the number of hormones in your body. Sudden onset of generalised swelling could be a cause of concern, in which case you should contact your healthcare provider.”
Dede Efueye, Midwife from Private Midwives, added: “By and large, women expecting more than one baby do have a different pregnancy experience than those expecting one.
“When you’re pregnant with twins, you not only have two babies . . . you also have two placentas, two cords, extra fluid, and extra hormones. Therefore, women will tend to swell a lot more whilst pregnant with twins due to the increased water retention and spike in hormones.”
According to pregnancy experts, mums-to-be are more likely to swell if they are expecting twins, and will often swell earlier along in their pregnancy.
It’s been previously speculated the royal couple might have a double arrival.
After the announcement was made that Prince George was set to become a big brother for a second time, the Duchess stepped out in a blue dress for her first outing, and a pink for her second.
This left people wondering what would happen if Kate and Wills did indeed give birth to twins.
And it wasn’t the only unusual thing about her outfit. Kate disregarded the Queen’s fashion rule and ditched the tights, too.
Find out more about Kate Middleton’s third pregnancy here.