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Radiant Kate makes first public appearance since announcing pregnancy

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 11-10-2017 Fiona Simpson
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The Duchess of Cambridge has made her first public appearance since announcing her most recent pregnancy.

Kate braved severe morning sickness to attend a Buckingham Palace reception honouring mental health campaigners.

She looked relaxed and at ease as she arrived with William and Prince Harry, wearing a stunning Temperley outfit.

Kate is believed to be less than 12 weeks pregnant and has been suffering from the condition Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

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Royal fans have not seen the Duchess since the end of August when she joined the Duke and Harry to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

The trio toured Kensington Palace's sunken garden which had been transformed into a memorial space planted with white foliage and flowers in honour of Diana.

A royal aide said: "The Duchess' condition is improving but she's still suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. She's delighted to be here tonight."

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It is understood Kate's appearance does not mean she will be resuming full royal duties.

The duke and duchess and Prince Harry arrived via a well-known hidden door in the Palace's White drawing room and waiting to meet them were leading figures from the mental health sector including Mind president and comic Stephen Fry.

As Kate mingled with the 350 guests, her slight baby bump could clearly be seen beneath her Temperley dress.

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Kensington Palace announced on September 4 that Kate was expecting her third child and, like previous pregnancies with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, was suffering from severe morning sickness.

The Duchess' bout of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) forced her to pull out of an event at the beginning of September which prompted the palace to make the pregnancy announcement early.

Normal morning sickness affects about 70% of pregnant women and causes some degree of vomiting and discomfort commonly during the first trimester (12 weeks) of pregnancy.

Those suffering from HG can be constantly sick morning, noon and night, and unable to keep any food or drink down.

Experts warn the condition often gets worse with subsequent pregnancies but those who have experienced it before can be put on medication as soon as they get a positive pregnancy test.

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