The Duchess of Cambridge takes style inspiration from Princess Eugenie in a white Max Mara coat

The Duchess of Cambridge takes style inspiration from Princess Eugenie in a white Max Mara coat

For her first public engagement since returning from a family holiday in Mustique, a sunkissed Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, wrapped her baby bump in an elegant white coat from Max Mara. Her latest style winner – chosen for a maritime engagement in Portsmouth – does not appear to be from the maternity range and was previously worn by her cousin-in-law, Princess Eugenieat Christmas.

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Unlike her first pregnancy, in which the Duchess wore regular clothes right up until the end, this time Kate has largely stuck to specialist maternity labels such as Seraphine and Madderson London.

However, the belted coat flattered her blossoming figure beautifully, showing off her bump, which appears to have grown quite a bit and skimming her legs.

Kate's bump appears to have grown quite a lot since her last engagment

The young mother later took it off to reveal a red and black shift dress with a playful sailboat print from the Somerset by Temperley range, which sells at John Lewis. She had accessorised with a navy clutch and delicate drop earrings.

The outfit was a lovely bright choice for a crisp winter morning and set off the tan she picked up during her mother Carole Middleton’s Caribbean birthday celebrations. Bravely given the colour of her coat, Kate helped put the finishing touches to a mural painted by local children.

Princess Eugenie wore this style at Christmas

Thursday's visit was to support the 1851 Trust, which aims to interest young people in sailing. It has been launched by Sir Ben Ainslie alongside his bid to win the America's Cup for Britain.

Despite being just two months away from giving birth, Kate is still looking spritely and wearing towering court shoes. Her second child with Prince William is expected in mid-April. As with Prince George, the couple have chosen not to find out the sex of the new baby.

The future King told President Obama he was so excited about the birth last time around that he forgot to ask the sex of the baby.

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