The Duchess of Cambridge told families and volunteers at a children’s centre for struggling parents that she is expecting her second child to arrive by “mid-to-end” of April.
Kate, who is due to give birth next month, visited Brookhill Children’s Centre in Woolwich, south east London, where she attended a coffee morning before watching a training session for volunteers and visiting an on-site creche.
Wearing a blue and white Asos maternity dress with black shoes, she chatted with families supported by Home Start charity, which runs the centre, and some of its network of 15,000 volunteers.
Volunteer Christie Osborne, 49, was among those the Duchess sat and spoke to at the coffee morning.
Ms Osborne said: “I told her she is beautiful and that she’s got a tiny little bump. I asked when her baby is due and she said mid-to-end of April.”
The Duchess was showered with gifts during the visit.
She laughed as Ayo, a three-year-old boy in the centre’s creche, presented her with a card made by children as he exclaimed “ta-da!”.
The Duchess asked the confident little boy: “It’s a very big card isn’t it? What’s on the front?
Ayo replied: “It’s a flower!”
Agnieszka Cierpol, who works with Ayo at the centre, said: “He comes in every day for three hours.
“He’s a very bright child and from the beginning he could talk.
“Most of the children here have problems, they can’t speak or they have issues with their social skills, but he is very smart.”
Kate also received a goodie bag for Prince George embroidered with his name and a bouquet of flowers.