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Duchess Kate's baby bump makes first public appearance

Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM ET

Royal watchers worldwide have been waiting for this: the first public glimpse of Duchess Kate's growing baby bump.

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On Tuesday morning, the duchess made her first public appearance since December, visiting Hope House addiction treatment center in south London, which is one of her charities.

Unsolicited photos of Duchess Kate in a bikini were published in an Italian magazine last week. The images, snapped while the royal couple were on vacation, were met with anger from St. James Palace, which released a statement expressing disappointment at their release.

The duchess, now around four and a half months pregnant, is expected to make her next public appearance in March.

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