9 June 2013 - 18:15
Pregnant Kate to begin final week of engagements ahead of maternity leave


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The Duchess of Cambridge will begin her final week of engagements this week before she takes maternity leave ahead of giving birth.

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The Duchess will take maternity leave after this week.

The mum-to-be will attend two engagements this week as she visits Southampton on Thursday and takes part in Trooping The Colour on Saturday.

Kate has been determined to work as close to her due date as possible, and will visit Southampton on Thursday as she officially names Princess Cruises’ new Royal Princess.

“Kate has really enjoyed her job and wanted to work as close to the birth date as possible.” a royal source revealed

The royal will be following tradition as both Diana, Princess of Wales and The Queen have taken part in similar ceremonies.

As the Duchess christens Princess Cruises’ 3,600-passenger Royal Princess, the Royal Marines and the pipers of the Irish Guards will perform at the Southampton celebration.

The engagement will be Kate’s final solo engagement and will echo her very first engagement that she undertook with William.

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In February 2011, Kate and William, just two months before their wedding, attended Trearddur Bay, near William’s Anglesey base, where the royal couple took part in a RNLI lifeboat naming ceremony.

Since her wedding to the Prince, Kate has thrown herself into royal duties becoming the patron of charities close to her heart. The Duchess has championed children’s hospices leading many to name her the ‘Children’s Princess’. The expectant mum has also travelled abroad with William. The pair have toured Canada and South- East Asia, and have briefly visited the US and Denmark.

After Thursday’s engagement, the Duchess will join the royal family on Saturday for the annual Trooping The Colour. The event is the official celebration of the Queen’s birthday.

This will be Kate’s final engagement as she prepares for the birth of her and William’s first child. The baby will become third-in-line after Prince Charles and Prince William.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Queen’s Coronation Service

It is expected after the birth the Duchess of Cambridge will take time off. Kate will most likely take several months off as she settles into motherhood. A spokesman revealed details would be confirmed at a later date. “We’re not really in a position to talk about that yet. A lot of this information will come out once the baby’s been born”.

Earlier this week, Kate joined The Queen and members of the Royal Family for a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

The Duchess showed off her blossoming bump in pale peach, wearing a bespoke Jenny Packham dress and coat for the occasion.








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