Kate Middleton To Christen New Royal Princess In Last Official Engagament Before Baby Birth

Kate Middleton To Christen New Royal Princess In Last Official Engagament Before Baby Birth

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Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge is planning to name a new Royal Princess in what will be her last official engagement before the birth of her first child with Prince William. But this new princess won’t be another royal baby, it’s a ship!

The Duchess is reportedly planning to name a new ship on June 13, a month before her July 13 due date. The Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards will perform as Kate christens Princess Cruises’ 3,600-passenger Royal Princess in Southampton before taking maternity leave, The Sun reports.

The naming ceremony will mark the end of Kate’s royal engagements, and the beginning of a brief spell of down time before she and William welcome their first child.

A royal source revealed that the hard-working royal is determined to be at the Southampton event: “Kate has really enjoyed her job and wanted to work as close to the birth date as possible. The cruise ship christening on June 13 will be her last official solo engagement.”

Kate Middleton has had the honour of naming a boat before, back in 2011 (WENN)

It could mark one of the last times we see the Duchess in an official capacity for awhile as after the birth she plans to take time out to focus on being a mum. The insider added that Kate won’t stay out of the limelight for long though: “She takes her royal role very seriously and is looking forward to taking up her duties when her maternity leave has finished.”

It’s not the first time the Duchess has had the honour of naming a boat, a tradition amongst Royals. In February 2011, two months before their wedding, hundreds of people saw Kate and Wills dedicate a new lifeboat at Trearddur Bay, near helicopter rescue pilot William’s Anglesey base.

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