Duchess of Cambridge: Kate Middleton Makes Final Public Appearance Before Baby Arrives

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The Duchess of Cambridge, also known as Kate Middleton, made her last public appearance this week, before the arrival of her and Prince William's second baby next month. She and the prince took a tour of the Stephen Lawrence Centre, a place for community learning and social research, in South London. She wore the same bright pink Mulberry coat she wore during her trip to New York City late last year.

According to a report from E! News, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were accompanied by Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon during her visit.

Before the couple left the tour, they signed a guest book, and Kate Middleton was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also visited a charity called XLP, known for their work with disadvantaged young people. Prince William and Kate Middleton toured the facilities and watched an arts showcase presentation.

After this outing, the Duchess of Cambridge will all but disappear from the public eye until their second child--no one knows yet whether Kate is having a boy or a girl--arrives during the 'mid-to-end' of April. The new baby will be fourth in line to the British throne after Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George. Poor Prince Harry gets bumped down to fifth in line to the throne.

Do you think the birth of this second child for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be any less anticipated because he or she won't rank as high as Prince George with regard to the British throne? Or will Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family be just as excited, knowing they'll have yet another heir?

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.