Prince George: the royal baby's sweetest photos

During her first and second trimester fashion fans waited with baited breath to see the stylish royal's take on maternity wear. The Duchess didn't disappoint, winning praise for dressing her burgeoning baby bump in elegant and sophisticated creations from both the high street and designers.

The rumour mill began early in the month when a change was noted in Kate's appearance. The Duchess seemed to have a slightly fuller face and more colour to her complexion.

On 3 December 2012, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their first child.

Kate made her first public appearance since the announcement of her pregnancy at the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards on 16 December when she presented the award to Bradley Wiggins alongside David Beckham

On 11 January 2013, the first official portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled at the National Gallery. The mum-to-be wore an elegant scarlet Whistles dress and it was the first time we saw the tiniest hint of a growing baby bump.

Kate thrilled with her first official portrait despite mixed reviews from art critics. “It’s just amazing. Absolutely brilliant,” she told the artist, Paul Emsley, when she met him at the National Portrait Gallery, where the picture now hangs.

Kate was presented with this special badge, worn by many pregnant passengers to encourage others to give up their seat. The royals were also presented with their own Oyster travel cards. "I used to use the Tube on a regular basis," said Kate. "I miss travelling on the Tube."

On the 22 March, the brunette beauty wrapped up in a parka, a tweed cap and a neckerchief for a chilly visit to the Lake District scout camp. Kate was in good spirits as she cooked some unleavened "twister" bread for the group. "Oh it’s actually not that bad – if you were desperately hungry," she quipped

The Duchess pulled out all the stops for her final official outing, wearing a striking £169 monochrome leopard print coat from high street favourite Hobbs and a black fascinator.

On leaving William, Kate and their newborn were greeted by the flash of hundreds of cameras, whoops, cheers and roars. Amid the intense din, it seemed as if only the new parents kept calm.

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