Kate Middleton returned to her royal duties when she made an official visit to Hope House in London yesterday. She wore a Max Mara wrap dress, which showed a hint of her growing baby bump. Hope House is an in-patient rehab center for women that offers treatment for substance abuse and other disorders. Once inside the centre, Kate — who is a patron for Hope House — met with patients who shared drawings with her and even visited the facility's kitchen. After her visit, Kate was greeted by two children who gave her a bouquet of pink flowers.
This is her first royal appearance since she went on a vacation with Prince William in Mustique last week, a trip that is being called the couple's "babymoon." Italian magazine Chi published photos of pregnant Kate in a bikini from the vacation. This is also Kate's first time out in public since she was slammed by writer Hilary Mantel during a public lecture.