On June 13, 2013, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton traveled to Southampton, England to name the Princess Cruises’ latest ship, the Royal Princess. Kate followed in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth II and her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
The Royal was dressed in a Dalmatian print coat by Hobbs, which camouflaged her baby bump and a black fascinator. Kate looked wonderful as ever and walked down the blue carpet as the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and The Pipe Band of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards played in the background and saluted the Duchess.
This latest event also marks Kate’s final solo engagement before she goes on her maternity leave. Middleton is due to give birth on July 11, 2013. Upon her arrival at the venue, the Duchess met with the officials and representatives from the cruise line. The ‘Pocketful Of Sunshine’ singer Natasha Bedingfield performed at the event, after which Kate met two young children.
Kate also invited the Rowbotham family, who receives help and support from one of charities she supports, to join her at the event. The naming ceremony was attended by Alie Rowbotham, along with her husband Mick and their children Izzie and Charlie. In July 2003, their other son George was diagnosed with brain tumor.