The countdown is on for Kate Middleton. With just weeks to go until she is due to give birth to her second child with Britain’s Prince William, the expectant Duchess of Cambridge is finishing up her royal duties. During her last public appearance before beginning her maternity leave Friday, the royal mom-to-be was seen sporting a pink coat.
The 33-year-old duchess was seen wearing the bright Mulberry coat during an outing to a southeast London community center, People magazine reports. The overcoat, which she also wore to a second stop at XLP Arts Project in Sydenham, was perfectly fitted over her nine-month baby bump. It is worth noting that she wore the same item during an appearance at the 9/11 Memorial in New York in December, one of her many stops during her whirlwind U.S. tour.
Kensington Palace has since shared several images of Kate and Prince William’s appearance on their official Instagram page. The images show the duke and duchess taking in a vocal performance, accepting flowers from Paxton Primary School students and enjoying a chat with local community members.
While many were merely excited to see Kate in public one last time before the arrival of her latest little one, her pink outfit has prompted some speculation about her baby’s gender. She previously denied knowing if her unborn child is a girl or a boy, but the choice of overcoat of choice is suspicious if you consider the gender rumors that have been circulating since she announced her pregnancy in September.
When Kate was just 12 weeks pregnant, Globe magazine reported that she believed her second baby would be a girl. The publication said Kate and William had already asked Queen Elizabeth II for permission to name their baby after her. Two months later, Life & Style magazine reported similar findings, stating that the duke and duchess were “thrilled” to learn they would be having a daughter.
While the gender of the second royal baby is being kept under wraps until the arrival, many seem to be agreeing with the tabloids. Ladbrokes, one of Britain’s most popular betting platforms, recently told Hello magazine that “fives times the amount of money” has been placed on Kate and William welcoming a baby girl versus another boy. They also shared that their gamblers are partial to the name Elizabeth with the moniker holding 5/1 odds.
Kate is due to give birth in mid-to-late April. The baby will join Kate and William’s 1-year-old son, HRH Prince George.