Kate Middleton has been keeping an extremely low profile since announcing her third pregnancy last month, but she—and her tiny-but-definitely-there baby bump—made her triumphant return to the spotlight this week in honor of a cause very near and dear to her heart.
The Duchess, husband Prince William, and brother-in-law Prince Harry attended a special reception at Buckingham Palace in honor of World Mental Health Day on Tuesday, People reports. The trio's Heads Together campaign was reportedly honored alongside other individuals and organizations that encourage open conversations about mental health.
An aide told People that "the duchess's condition is improving, but she is still suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. She is delighted to be able to be here tonight." In the statement announcing Kate's pregnancy on September 4, palace officials shared that the royal mom was once again suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, the extreme morning sickness that she also experienced while pregnant with Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2. The illness has kept Kate from attending all recent public events, including a nervous Prince George's first day of school.
Photos and videos from Tuesday's event show Duchess Kate wearing a light blue lace tea-length Temperley London dress with long sleeves and black ribbon detailing around the neck and wrists. In one photo taken from the side, her baby bump is just barely visible, but it's nearly impossible to spot in other videos from the event.
Although the royal family has mostly stayed mum since formally announcing the baby news, Prince William did speak to People shortly afterward about the spring 2018 arrival of little Princess Alice (or Elizabeth, or James, or Arthur, if you believe the oddsmakers), which he called "very good news." "There's not much sleep going on at the moment," he said, adding that although Kate's first trimester had been "a bit anxious to start with," the family had finally been able to "start celebrating" that week. And now that Kate is feeling well enough to attend public events once again, we have a feeling many more celebrations are in the young family's future.