'It's such exciting news!': Pregnant Kate reveals her joy at royal engagement

  • The pregnant mother-of-two donned a printed Kate Spade dress at the Foundling Museum in London
  • Venue explores history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity and first public art gallery
  • Discussing Monday's news, the Duchess said: 'William and I are absolutely thrilled. It's such exciting news'
  • Her appearance comes just hours after Meghan Markle hailed her 'wonderful' in TV interview?
  • Newly engaged couple, Prince Harry and Meghan, said both William and Kate had been 'amazing'

The Duchess of Cambridge?said she's 'absolutely thrilled' for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as she stepped out in?London?a day after her brother-in-law's engagement announcement.?

The pregnant mother-of-two displayed her neat baby bump in a figure-skimming Kate Spade dress, which she offset with burgundy accessories, as she arrived at?the Foundling Museum in London.

Discussing Monday's happy news, the Duchess said: 'William and I are absolutely thrilled. It's such exciting news.

'It's a really happy time for any couple and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment.'

Her appearance comes just hours after?Meghan Markle?hailed her 'wonderful'. ?Miss Markle said the Duchess of Cambridge had been 'wonderful' to her, while Harry said both William and Kate had been 'amazing'.

The?Duchess of Cambridge displayed her neat baby bump in a Kate Spade dress as she stepped out at an art gallery in London just hours after Meghan Markle hailed her  'amazing'

The?Duchess of Cambridge displayed her neat baby bump in a Kate Spade dress as she stepped out at an art gallery in London just hours after Meghan Markle hailed her 'amazing'

Kate was in high spirits as she joined in with some arts and crafts  during a visit to the Foundling Museum in London

Kate was in high spirits as she joined in with some arts and crafts during a visit to the Foundling Museum in London

Harry talked about how he kept the relationship secret before introducing Miss Markle to his brother and sister-in-law. 'It was exciting, I mean I've - you know, I'd been seeing her for a period of time when I literally didn't tell anybody at all.?

'And then William was longing to meet her and so was Catherine, so you know, being our neighbours, we managed to get that in a couple of, well, quite a few times now, and Catherine has been absolutely amazing, as has William as well, you know, fantastic support.'?

'The family together have been absolutely, you know, a solid support, and my grandparents as well have been, have been wonderful throughout this whole process, and they've known for quite some time,' he said.

The Duchess of Cambridge was today at the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity and first public art gallery where she learned more about the museum's history and the way it continues to focus on its founding principles to use art and creativity as a means to support and engage children and vulnerable families.

During her visit, Kate received a briefing on the history of the hospital and how the museum continues to engage vulnerable and marginalised young people.?

The 35-year-old met families and children who have benefited from the museum's education and outreach programmes, including pre-school children from a local nursery who regularly visit the museum and young care leavers who are being trained to run their own creative workshops.

Kate was presented with a posy of flowers by the little ones she met at the Foundling ?Museum?

Kate was presented with a posy of flowers by the little ones she met at the Foundling ?Museum?

Keep it chic in a printed shirt dress by Kate Spade

Not to be outdone after Meghan Markle looked fabulous for her engagement photos with Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge made her way to The Foundling Museum in London today, donning a new ensemble.

Kate upped her game for today's outing - she has got competition now after all with just as many eyes on stylish Meghan who is set to join the Royal Family.

The Duchess' Kate Spade dress features an all over diamond print with contrasting striped waistband and cuffs. It’s a sophisticated shirt dress style with its button details and boasts pretty pleats that finish it off in a ladylike fashion. You can even see a hint of her bump beneath despite its loose skirt!

The print is featured in the Resort '18 line, but her dress isn't yet available, so instead why not shop the current collection on the Kate Spade website (click right)?

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The Duchess is expecting her third child in the spring and showed off her neat figure in a printed pleat dress

The Duchess is expecting her third child in the spring and showed off her neat figure in a printed pleat dress

Kate looked radiant?as she arrived at the Foundling Museum in London, which explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity and first public art gallery
The Duchess was all smiles as she arrived on a chilly Tuesday morning

Kate looked radiant?as she arrived at the Foundling Museum in London, which explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity and first public art gallery

Kate proved she was a good sport as she got stuck into an arts and craft session at the museum with two youngsters?

Kate proved she was a good sport as she got stuck into an arts and craft session at the museum with two youngsters?

Kate spoke out about how happy she and William were for Prince Harry
The Duchess was jubilant during her trip to the museum

Kate, who spoke out about how happy she and William were for Prince Harry, was jubilant during her trip to the museum?

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is expecting her third child in the spring, helped the little ones with their crafts

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is expecting her third child in the spring, helped the little ones with their crafts

Kate, who has been sporting a shorter hairstyle in recent weeks, showcased her glossy locks at the event.
She gave the little ones the seal of approval after completing their artwork

Kate, who has been sporting a shorter hairstyle in recent weeks, showcased her glossy locks at the event. She gave the little ones the seal of approval after completing their artwork, right?

The Duchess looked chic in a pleated Kate Spade dress, which she offset with burgundy accessories for the occasion?

Kate opted for a glossy blow-dry for the occasion and donned vertiginous heels
She was greeted by the charity's founders as she arrived on Tuesday morning

Kate opted for a glossy blow-dry for the occasion and donned vertiginous heels. She was greeted by the charity's founders as she arrived on Tuesday morning?

Once inside, Kate met young children who had made their own lanterns and she was keen to hear all about them

Once inside, Kate met young children who had made their own lanterns and she was keen to hear all about them

Kate looked resplendent as she left the centre armed with a chic collection of flowers from one of her admirers
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Foundling Museum in London after a visit

Kate looked resplendent as she left the centre armed with a chic collection of flowers from one of her admirers?

Kate was in high spirits as she chatted to the young children inside the museum and art gallery?

Kate was in high spirits as she chatted to the young children inside the museum and art gallery?

Her visit comes after Harry, 33, and Miss Markle, 36, appeared at a photocall at Kensington Palace in London yesterday

Her visit comes after Harry, 33, and Miss Markle, 36, appeared at a photocall at Kensington Palace in London yesterday

Meghan Markle said 'yes' immediately to Prince Harry after he proposed on one knee while they were cooking dinner, the couple said today in their first joint interview. She also spoke of how amazing Kate and William had been with her

Meghan Markle said 'yes' immediately to Prince Harry after he proposed on one knee while they were cooking dinner, the couple said today in their first joint interview. She also spoke of how amazing Kate and William had been with her

Kate displayed a hint of a baby bump in her designer dress as she arrived at the museum in a chauffeur-driven car?

Kate displayed a hint of a baby bump in her designer dress as she arrived at the museum in a chauffeur-driven car?

On arriving at the museum, Kate told her hosts that she was 'excited' to be there?

On arriving at the museum, Kate told her hosts that she was 'excited' to be there?

Meghan yesterday revealed that it's been great getting to know her future sister-in-law
Harry and Meghan's 16-month whirlwind romance blossomed when they met through mutual friends in London, and the pair have been almost inseparable in recent months

Meghan yesterday revealed that it's been great getting to know her future sister-in-law. Harry and Meghan's 16-month whirlwind romance blossomed when they met through mutual friends in London, and the pair have been almost inseparable in recent months

Kate was visiting?The Foundling Hospital, which was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Thomas Coram

Kate was visiting?The Foundling Hospital, which was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Thomas Coram

Kate displayed her flawless skin and signature smokey eye as she stepped out at a charity in central London
The centre was set up to care for babies at risk of abandonment

Kate displayed her flawless skin and signature smokey eye as she stepped out at a charity in central London. The centre was set up to care for babies at risk of abandonment

Discussing Monday's happy news, the Duchess said: 'William and I are absolutely thrilled. It's such exciting news'

Discussing Monday's happy news, the Duchess said: 'William and I are absolutely thrilled. It's such exciting news'

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Foundling Museum where she learned more about the museum's history
She learned about the way it continues to focus on its founding principles to use art and creativity as a means to support and engage children and vulnerable families

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Foundling Museum where she learned more about the museum's history and the way it continues to focus on its founding principles to use art and creativity as a means to support and engage children and vulnerable families

The Duchess of Cambridge was treated to a tour of the Foundling Museum in London on a chilly Tuesday

The Duchess of Cambridge was treated to a tour of the Foundling Museum in London on a chilly Tuesday

The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity and first public art gallery

The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity and first public art gallery

The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity and first public art gallery. The Foundling Hospital, which continues today as the children's charity Coram, was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Thomas Coram to care for babies at risk of abandonment.?

After 17 years of tireless campaigning, Thomas Coram finally received a Royal Charter from King George II in 1739, enabling him to establish his Foundling Hospital. From 1741 when the first babies were admitted, to 1954 when the last pupil was placed in foster care, the Foundling Hospital cared for and educated around 25,000 children.

Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision was the artist William Hogarth, who encouraged leading artists of the day to donate work, and George Frideric Handel, who conducted annual benefit concerts in the Hospital's chapel. Their creative generosity set the template for the ways in which the arts can support philanthropy.?

Today artists continue to be central to the Foundling Museum's work; through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events the Museum celebrates the ways in which the arts have helped improve children's lives for over 275 years and aims to inspire everyone to make a positive contribution to society.?

Kate showcased her pregnancy glow as she stepped out in London on Tuesday
She wore her hair in its signature bouncy style and added a subtle blush to her cheeks

Kate showcased her pregnancy glow as she stepped out in London on Tuesday. She wore her hair in its signature bouncy style and added a subtle blush to her cheeks

Her visit comes after Harry, 33, and Miss Markle, 36, appeared at a photocall at Kensington Palace in London yesterday.

Fifth in line to the throne Harry has been dating the American actress - who found fame in the US legal drama Suits - since the summer of last year.

Their 16-month whirlwind romance blossomed when they met through mutual friends in London, and the pair have been almost inseparable in recent months.

The couple will live together in Harry's current home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, and Miss Markle will become an HRH and a senior royal.

She is expected to become a duchess - just like Kate Middleton did when she became the Duchess of Cambridge after saying her vows in 2011.

Miss Markle will most probably become HRH the Duchess of Sussex, if Harry is made the Duke of Sussex by the Queen on the morning of his wedding.

The pair were secretly engaged earlier this month, and Harry took Miss Markle to meet his grandmother the Queen for tea at Buckingham Palace in October.

Their 16-month whirlwind romance blossomed when they met through mutual friends and Meghan said the Duchess had been 'wonderful' to her

Their 16-month whirlwind romance blossomed when they met through mutual friends and Meghan said the Duchess had been 'wonderful' to her

The royal looked nervous but happy and his fiancee stroked his arm lovingly as they spoke to reporters
Reporters asked him: 'When did you know she was the one?' and he replied: 'From the very first time we met'

The royal looked nervous but happy and his fiancee stroked his arm lovingly as they spoke to reporters, who asked him: 'When did you know she was the one?' and he replied: 'From the very first time we met'

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the surprise stars of Friday night's Royal Variety Performance show, when Will was cajoled into taking part in a comedy sketch by the show's host, Miranda Hart.

Kate burst into fits of giggles when the Duke gamely took part in a comedy skit, obligingly shouting the catch-phrase 'such fun' whenever Hart requested him to from the stage at the London Palladium.

Sitting in the royal box under a spotlight, the Duke performed his part enthusiastically while the Duchess dissolved into fits of laughter.

Hart said that compelling Prince William to participate in the show was on her to-do list for the Royal Variety duties.

Kate, who is four months pregnant with the couple's third child, looked stunning in a bespoke Jenny Packham crystal-embellished, full-length blue gown.

After their unexpected participation in the show, the couple enjoyed performances by Paloma Faith, The Killers, Louis Tomlinson, Seal and The Script at the London Palladium.?

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