Blossoming Duchess of Cambridge brightens up Buckingham Palace garden party in canary yellow coat
- Kate attending Queen's annual tea party for second year running
- Attended without William again - duties on Anglesey kept him away
- Duchess wore bespoke version of £1,285 Marella coat by Emilia Wickstead
- Accessorised with Jane Corbett hat, pearl earrings and nude pumps
The sun may not have made it out in time for the annual Buckingham Palace garden party, but that didn't stop the Duchess of Cambridge debuting a beautiful summery look.
Wearing a round-neck Emilia Wickstead coat in canary yellow silk, Kate brought a ray of sunshine to the proceedings today.
She accessorised the coat, which neatly skimmed her by now very evident bump, with a cream Jane Corbett hat with rippled bow and large pearl drop earrings (and, it goes without saying, her trusty nude pumps).
The party, when the Queen hosts a tea for 8,000 esteemed members of the public in the gardens of her London residence, is considered to be one of the highlights of the royal summer calendar.
Sunny delight! Kate brightens up the Buckingham Palace Garden Party in a canary yellow coat
Royal bump watch: The duchess's tall, athletic physique has meant she has remained slender throughout - only now is her bump really beginning to show
In-laws: Kate spent much of the afternoon in the company of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall
Kate spent much of the afternoon in the company of Prince Charles and Camilla, both of whom seemed to be predicting rain - they each clutched their trusty Fulton umbrella - but thankfully hadn't had to put them into use.
Camilla wore a beautiful brocade coat by Fiona Clare topped off with a flamboyantly feathered hat, while Prince Charles looked elegant in dove grey tails.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent were also in attendance.
This was the second year that Kate had attended the Queen's garden party, which the monarch uses as a way of thanking people who have contributed to public life or their local community.
Kate attended the party for the first time last year, something which at the time was said to be a real rite of passage for the fledgling royal.
This was also the second year that Kate attended alone. Last year William was tied up with duties on Anglesey, where he serves as a helicopter rescue pilot, and this time round too prior engagements kept him away.
Spectacular: Buckingham Palace provides a beautiful backdrop for the uplifting event
Making her way through the 8,000-strong crowd on the lawn to the rear of the palace, Kate, 31, chatted with well-wishers including Marie Curie nurse Susan Bradley who said afterwards; 'She instantly recognised my uniform and the daffodil in my lapel and told me that she had great admiration for the work the charity does as our staff cared for her own grandfather in his home when he was terminally ill.'
Another guest called out to Kate 'you look lovely in yellow' to which she smiled and thanked him, gently smoothing her hand over her swelling belly.
She also chatted with guest Juliet Rogers about the affect the weather was having on her pregnancy,
'She said that the one benefit of the weather was that it was keeping her temperature down. She said she was thankfully rather cool.'
Bright: The Duchess of Cambridge added a flash of summer colour to the event, which was, as seems to be customary of late, blighted by grey clouds and overcast skies
It was only the second garden party the Duchess had attended but is clearly learning fast, as she chatted easily with several dozen guests as she slowly made her way to the green and white stripped royal tea tent where the other members of the family were slowly gathering.
Among the guests was British Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, looking summery in a floral dress by, appropriately, The Pretty Dress Company and Topshop shoes.
She said: 'Everyone told me to wear my Olympic uniform but how often do we get the chance to dress up for something like this? I have been here a lot over the last year - we have been milking the Olympics a lot, I know - but it is always a real honour.'
Julie Roberts, one of the founding members of the Military Wives Choir was among those who chatted to the Queen, resplendent in a sugar pink Karl Ludwig coat and dress and Angela Kelly hat.
Mrs Roberts was accompanied by her husband, Captain Tommy Roberts of the Royal Marines, and sons Captain Thomas Roberts, also a marine, and student son Ciaran.
She said: 'We have sang for the Queen a number of times and it was a delight to meet her in person.'
Good time: The royals are joined by up to 8,000 guests at each royal garden party, and each consumes around 14 cucumber sandwiches
Blossoming: With just under two months to go until her estimated due date, Kate looked pretty in a cocoon-cut Emilia Wickstead coat that accentuated her growing bump
Eyes front! A royal guard can't resist flicking his gaze right to catch a glimpse of Kate as she chats to Charles and Camilla
Bond: Kate shares a joke with Camilla, with whom she is said to have a close relationship
Party time! Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge enjoying the atmosphere at the summer season's first royal garden party
Against the flow: Kate is confronted by dozens of guests keen to get closer to her at the Buckingham Palace event
Esteemed: Guests at the Queen's garden parties include members of the public who have contributed in some way to public life
Chic: Kate's Jane Corbett hat - one she wore in June last year with a cream Alexander McQueen dress-coat for the Order of the Garter ceremony - with the silk yellow coat
Cameras at the ready! The partygoers held phones aloft to catch some of Kate's magic on film
Ladies in waiting: Kate spent time chatting to a cornucopia of colourfully dressed band of guest
Popular: Kate was surrounded by curious crowds keen to catch her every word
Warm welcome: The Queen and fellow royals mingle with the crowd, which today included Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington
Hostess with the most: At 87, the Queen at 87 still knows how to throw a great party - one of three garden events she will host this summer
The Queen, wearing a Karl Ludwig coat and Angela Kelly hat, met a member of the Military Wives Choir along with her military husband and two sons. On her lapel the Queen wore the star-shaped Jardine Star brooch, an eight-point diamond piece that was left to her by Lady Jardine in 1981. The Queen has since worn the piece many times