Prince William's wife Kate on Tuesday made her first public appearance since her pregnancy was announced as she welcomed Singapore's President Tony Tan on his state visit to Britain.
Kate, who has been suffering from severe morning sickness, has not carried out any public duties since the palace revealed her second pregnancy on September 8. She was last seen at a ceremony on August 5, reported AsiaOne.
But the Duchess of Cambridge, 32, seemed in good spirits as she and William, second in line to the throne, formally welcomed Tan and his wife Mary to Britain at the Royal Garden Hotel in London.
Tan's wife told Kate she was glad she could make the engagement and the duchess replied: "So am I. I've been looking forward to getting out of the house, that's for sure."
Tan commented on the view of William and Kate's Kensington Palace home and the duke joked: "You can probably see into our bedroom window which is a bit worrying - I wouldn't look too closely." The duchess wore a grey coat and matching hat but there was little sign of her baby bump.
Kate is around 12 weeks pregnant. She is due to give birth in April, Kensington Palace said Monday, adding that she continues to suffer severe morning sickness but her condition was steadily improving.
William and Kate then travelled with the president and his wife to the Horse Guards Parade ground, where Tan was greeted by Queen Elizabeth II at the ceremonial welcome.
He reviewed a line of British soldiers in their scarlet tunics and black bearskin hats.
British and Singaporean flags lined The Mall, the processional route to Buckingham Palace, where Tan had a private lunch with the queen.