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Royal baby on board! Make way for the heir(ess)!

Kate Middleton made her second official appearance since announcing her pregnancy, visiting women recovering from addiction at Hope House in London.

Check out her adorable little baby bump below:

Kate, Will, Elizabeth

The 31-year-old brunette is fresh off her babymoon in Mustique – a trip that became notable for the controversial, bikini-clad Kate Middleton baby bump photos.

Today, Prince William’s wife looked tanned, healthy and glowing in a MaxMara dress. “It’s lovely to be here,” she said after arriving around 11:30 a.m.


Middleton’s public outing comes just after English novelist Hilary Mantel attacked the Duchess as a “shop window mannequin” with a “plastic smile.”

The author also described the mom-to-be as a “painfully thin” woman “without quirks, without oddities, without the risk of the emergence of character.”

Nick Barton, chief executive of Action on Addiction, which runs Hope House, said the author was entirely wrong to label the Duchess as a “breeder.”

“I can only speak of what I know, and having met the Duchess of Cambridge several times I find her to be engaging, natural and genuinely interested,” he said.

“You can tell a lot about someone from the questions they ask and she asks really good questions, the questions of someone who wants to learn.”

“Having her as Patron of draws attention to the cause … she is doing an enormous amount to reduce the stigma and increase understanding of addiction.”

“She is also an intelligent woman.”

Indeed. And not everyone’s a hater. Far from it. In fact, Kate and Prince William were recently named the Most Inspiring Couple of 2013 in a UK poll.