Duchess Kate brightens up Queen's garden party

Duchess Kate talks to guests as she attends a Garden Party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth II on May 22, 2013. WPA Pool via Getty Images
Duchess Kate talks to guests as she attends a garden party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, hosted by Queen Elizabeth II on May 22, 2013.

Duchess Kate provided a bit of sunshine to the guests she greeted Wednesday attending Queen Elizabeth’s annual garden party, wearing a lemon yellow coat-dress that showed off her growing baby bump.

Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Duchess Kate attend a party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. JOHN STILLWELL / AFP - Getty Images
Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Duchess Kate attend a party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

The pregnant Duchess Kate attended the Buckingham Palace event along with other high-profile royals, including her father-in-law, Prince Charles, and the queen’s husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. However, all eyes were on Duchess Kate, who is about two months away from giving birth to her first baby with Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.

In addition to her coat-dress — by British designer Emilia Wickstead — the Duchess also donned a Jane Corbett cream-colored hat decorated with wide ribbons.

Duchess Kate attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London. TOBY MELVILLE / Reuters
Duchess Kate draws a crowd at Buckingham Palace in London.

About 8,000 guests were expected to have sipped more than270,000 cups of tea and consume20,000 sandwiches and slices of cake by the end of the evening.

Among those invited to the annual affair were athletes who competed in the Olympic and Paralympic Games last summer in London.

This is Kate's second garden party, a tradition that dates back to Queen Victoria in the 19th century. The affair allows Buckingham Palace to open its gates to a wider range of the public.

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