UK Royal Kate Makes First Public Appearance Since Pregnancy Revealed

LONDON—Kate, Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, made her first public appearance on Tuesday since it was announced she was pregnant, joining husband Prince William and his brother Harry at events to mark World Mental Health Day.

Last month William and Kate announced they were expecting her third child and that as with her two previous pregnancies, she was suffering severe morning sickness.

Last month, she was too ill to take her eldest child George to his first day at school because she was too unwell and her last public appearance had come at the end of August when she joined William and Harry on a visit to a public garden at Kensington Palace dedicated to their late mother Princess Diana.

Britain’s Prince William holds Prince George’s hands as he arrives for his first day of school at Thomas’s school in Battersea, London on Sept. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool)

However, Kate, whose official title is the Duchess of Cambridge, showed no sign of the sickness that has forced her to cancel all engagements since then when she, William and Harry hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to celebrate the efforts of those working Britain’s mental health sector.

Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (not pictured), Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrate World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain on Oct. 10, 2017. (REUTERS/ Heathcliff O’Malley/Pool)

“The duchess’ condition is improving but she is still suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. She is delighted to be able to be here tonight,” an aide said.

Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge celebrate World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain on Oct. 10, 2017. (REUTERS/ Heathcliff O’Malley/Pool)

Hyperemesis gravidarum can cause severe nausea and vomiting and requires supplementary hydration and nutrients. The condition forced Kate to be admitted to hospital in the early months of her pregnancy with George.

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, arrives at the King Edward VII hospital in central London where Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is resting after being admitted suffering severe morning sickness on Dec. 6, 2012. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

The couple’s third baby will be fifth in line to the British throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father William and elder siblings George, four, and Charlotte, two.

In this June 17, 2017 file photo Britain’s Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and their children Princess Charlotte and Prince George appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, after attending the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

William, Kate and Harry have made campaigning about mental health one of their priorities, with both royal brothers saying in recent months how their mother’s death in a car crash when they were children had left deep emotional scars.

“All three of us have seen that mental health is at the heart of so many of the issues we are passionate about,” William said in a speech to the reception.

Reuters

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge celebrates World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain on Oct. 10, 2017. (REUTERS/ Heathcliff O’Malley/Pool)
Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrate World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain on Oct. 10, 2017. (REUTERS/ Heathcliff O’Malley/Pool)
Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge celebrate World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain on Oct. 10, 2017. (REUTERS/ Heathcliff O’Malley/Pool)
 
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