Pregnant Kate welcomes Singapore president to Britain

Pregnant Kate welcomes Singapore president to Britain

LONDON - Prince William's wife Kate on Tuesday made her first public appearance since her second pregnancy was announced as she welcomed Singaporean President Tony Tan to Britain for his state visit.

Kate, who has been suffering from severe morning sickness, has not carried out any public duties since the pregnancy was announced on September 8 and was last seen at a ceremony on August 5.

But the Duchess of Cambridge seemed in good spirits as she and William, second in line to the throne, formally welcomed Tan and his wife to Britain at the Royal Garden Hotel in London.

Tan's wife told Kate she was glad she could make the engagement and the duchess replied: "So am I. I've been looking forward to getting out of the house, that's for sure."

Kate is around 12 weeks pregnant and has not been seen in public since the pregnancy was announced. She is due to give birth in April.

The royal couple then travelled with the president and his wife to the Horse Guards Parade ground, where Tan was greeted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Singapore gained independence from Britain in 1963 and immediately became part of Malaysia, which it then left in 1965. The visit comes shortly ahead of its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2015.

William, second in line to the throne, and Kate visited Singapore in 2012 as part of Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee celebrations marking her 60 years on the throne and as head of the Commonwealth.

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