Kate Middleton Makes a Smashing Final Appearance Before Her Leave
Kate Middleton made her last solo official appearance as a pregnant woman today when she christened a Princess Cruises ship in Southampton, England. She covered her baby bump in a leopard Hobbs coat as she smashed a bottle of Champagne over the ship, named Royal Princess, while the Royal Marines Band and Irish Guards played music. Singer Natasha Bedingfield will also sing at the event. The cruise company's CEO shared his excitement about Kate christening one of his ship's in a statement, saying, "We are delighted that the duchess will launch our new ship and can think of no better way to celebrate our company's British heritage and our commitment to the country." Kate is in good company when it comes to christening Princess Cruises ships, as Audrey Hepburn, Sofia Loren, and the late Princess Diana have all named vessels for the line. Diana even christened the first Princess Royal ship back in 1984.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been deemed the godmother of the ship and will take a tour of the new vessel, and will later reportedly host a gala dinner with guests from her various charities. While this marks Kate's final solo engagement, she may make one final official appearance on Saturday when she attends the annual Trooping the Color at Buckingham Palace. Don't forget to check out all of Kate Middleton's official appearances as a pregnant woman!