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Duchess of Cambridge: Pregnant Kate spotted antique shopping as she awaits arrival of royal baby

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With just weeks to go until the birth of the royal baby, the Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted antique hunting.

Pregnant Kate, who is officially on maternity leave after attending her final engagement earlier this month, was spotted at the weekend in Hungerford, England, antique shopping.

While her husband, dad-to-be, Prince William attended their friend Lady Melissa Percy’s wedding to Thomas van Straubenzee, in Northumberland, the expectant Duchess took time to see what the Youll’s Antique shop had to offer. The heavily pregnant royal decided to pull out of the society wedding of the year as her due date draws closer.

Kate glowed and appeared relaxed in black leggings, black ballet flats and a chic trench coat. “Kate looked really happy,” a member of the community told US Weekly. The pictures appear to show the mum-to-be cradling her baby bump during the trip and affectionately touching the bump at times.

The Duchess was taking her time in the town and was accompanied by a protection officer. “Kate often goes shopping in Hungerford when she is staying at her parents’ house…She has a good eye for British antiques,” a source revealed.

The wife of Prince William is known for her love of antiques and is often spotted visiting shops when she is able to. Perhaps Kate picked something up for her new home. The new parents will move into Kensington Palace later this year after Kate gives birth.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are just weeks away from welcoming their first child. There have been reports Kate could be expecting the baby earlier than previously thought. “It’s around mid-July, but babies have their own agenda,” the royal told well-wishers earlier this year, however it has been speculated Kate could be following Diana’s lead who told the press a date ten days later to the actual date William was born.
Last week, the Palace revealed the final details surrounding the royal baby’s arrival. It was confirmed that, like Diana, Kate is planning to give birth in the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and that the expectant Duchess is planning to have a natural birth.

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