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Pregnant Duchess Kate's maternal instincts on display in charity visit

It was a day fit for royalty as Duchess Kate and Prince William stepped out into the spring sunshine in England on Tuesday.The visibly pregnant Duchess, dressed in a cashmere coat and high street dress, was quick to go over and greet the waiting crowds after she arrived in the royal car. "Good luck with the birth," one woman said, as the Duchess was handed a teddy bear from a two-year-old in the
Duchess Kate and Prince William visited the Child Bereavement Charity Center on Tuesday.STARTRAKS

It was a day fit for royalty as Duchess Kate and Prince William stepped out into the spring sunshine in England on Tuesday.

The visibly pregnant Duchess, dressed in a cashmere coat and high street dress, was quick to go over and greet the waiting crowds after she arrived in the royal car. "Good luck with the birth," one woman said, as the Duchess was handed a teddy bear from a two-year-old in the crowd.

"Thank you," Kate smiled as she remarked on how cold their hands were.

The couple were visiting the headquarters of the U.K.'s Child Bereavement Charity, just outside of London. William chatted with his hosts as he was left standing at the entrance watching his wife work the crowds. "My wife gets all the flowers!" he joked.

The DuchessPaul Edwards / AFP - Getty Images

Despite the serious side to the visit, it was all laughter and smiles for the Duchess as she toured inside, where she joined in with children's arts and crafts and showed her maternal instinct.

The royal couple also got a chance to meet famous British cake maker, Mary Berry. "I'm a big fan of your cakes and your books," said the Duchess.

A few minutes after the Duchess had left, William appeared in the doorway and told the TV chef, "My wife is a big fan of yours and my tummy's a big fan," before asking for a lesson in making chocolate brownies. 

For Kate, it's another busy day tomorrow as she prepares to step out with The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in London. The group plan to visit a station on the London Underground, to celebrate 150 years of the British tube system.