William and Kate arriving at the Valero Pol Refinery in Pembroke this afternoon
(photo @mrmikegriffith Twitter)
The duchess is in Wales today, with the Duke of Cambridge, for a series of engagements. But all eyes were on Kate's tummy as she stepped out of her car - at around fifteen weeks into a second pregnancy that has come just fifteen months after the first, there was a good chance that the duchess would start to show very early on this time round. And as she approaches four months, her blossoming tummy was clear for all to see.
And baby makes four - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge debut bump number two
Excitement over this second pregnancy hasn't reached quite the heights seen when Kate was expecting George but the interest is still huge. It means that this weekend engagement may well have got more attention that it would otherwise - but it also means that the event itself is in danger of being overshadowed in the quest for a bump spotting. The day is pretty standard royal fare - a visit to Valero Oil refinery as it marks its fiftieth anniversary with a chance to meet some of its 1,200 employees who help produce 270,000 barrels of oil a day. The visit comes at the end of a hard week for the refinery industry in Wales as the Murco plant in Milford Haven has just seen a takeover deal collapse with hundreds of jobs there now in the balance. And the royal couple are following in the footsteps of William's great grandmother - Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother opened the plant in 1964.
Kate and William's visit comes as the oil industry in Wales has a hard week
(photo @hellomag Twitter)
The couple will also be at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to watch Wales take on Australia - the first rugby international of the autumn at the famous ground. The duke and duchess will join an act of remembrance before the game and take part in a reception afterwards for a charity which helps support seriously injured ex players. The presence of the baby bump will ensure plenty of coverage for all these events and means that Kate has got yet another milestone in her second round of great expectations out of the way. Bump debuted, business as usual.