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The “Kate effect” was in full force again recently when the pregnant brunette made an appearance in Portsmouth in a cream Max Mara coat, which boasts a comparatively hefty price tag to her high-street fare but was still snapped up by admirers.
“It’s always quite a collaboration,” designer Jenny Packham, who frequently dresses the Duchess for formal occasions, told WWD. This past December, while on a three-day royal tour in New York City with Prince William, the expectant mom dazzled in a midnight-blue gown by the designer at a gala celebrating the duo’s alma mater, St. Andrew’s.
The periods of activity have of course been interspersed with breaks – two weeks with her parents at Anmer Hall over Christmas and then two more for her mother Carole Middleton’s Caribbean birthday celebrations. Passengers on a flight to St Lucia, en route to Mustique, reported that the young mother was as chirpy as ever, chatting easily and changing George’s nappy herself.
While no one could say she’s gained excessive weight this time around, she looks bigger with this pregnancy and her face is slightly softer, curvier and fuller. Giving her added confidence, Kate has found a maternity style that really suits her.
GO-TO MATERNITY GEAR
Whereas while carrying George she wore regular clothes in slightly floatier styles right till the end, this time early on she picked out a number of coats and dresses from her favourite maternity label Seraphine all of which are chic but quite affordable. So there’s been no repeat of the Topshop number that was fun but was riding perilously high in her first pregnancy.
Flamboyant artist Grayson Perry who joined her for one engagement says: “She’s pretty chic for six months pregnant”
He added: “Wherever she goes, the laser beam of media attention will follow and that’s great.That’s her power and she wields that power gracefully.”
The most important weapon in her armoury is Team Kate. At KP that’s housekeeper Antonella Fresolone, her private secretary Rebecca Deacon, George’s capable Norlands-trained nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.
Then there’s also her mother Carole, who is always happy to take George when she needs a rest and whose house in Bucklebury is a bolthole near London.