Kate makes final appearance ahead of ‘game changer’ baby

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for her visit to the XLP community bus.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for her visit to the XLP community bus.
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The Duchess of Cambridge has said she “couldn’t wait” for her baby to be born as she completed her final round of engagements ahead of the birth.

Her husband the Duke of Cambridge has revealed that the couple’s imminent second child will be a “game changer” for him and the Duchess.

The Duchess is around eight months pregnant and her trip with the Duke to the Stephen Lawrence Centre and to projects run by the charity XLP (eXceL Project) were her last public events before the birth.

The next time she will be seen officially in public is likely to be on the steps of the Lindo Wing, the private maternity wing of London’s St Mary’s Hospital, with her new baby.

After watching musical performances in a south London church, by young people who have turned their lives around thanks to XLP’s work with disadvantaged children and teenagers, William and Kate went for a brief walkabout.

Inside the church William and Kate, who wore a pink fuchsia Burberry coat, had watched acts who had all successfully completed an arts programme run by XLP.

Sitting in the front row of Christ Church in Gipsy Hill the royal couple were entertained by successive acts and groups.

Patrick Regan, founder of the charity which began its work in 1998, introduced the Cambridges when they first took their seats, and he joked with the invited audience, telling them to relax and said: “Turn to the person next to you and tell them they look fantastic,” which William did, looking at his wife.