Prince William and Kate Middleton returned to Westminster Abbey for the first time since their spectacular wedding to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen”s Coronation on Tuesday.
The happy couple”s visit was made all the more special given that they are expecting their first child next month.
The ever-fashionable Duchess of Cambridge, who had dressed her blossoming baby bump in a nude ensemble was positively radiant as she waved to well-wishers who had gathered to catch a glimpse of the royal procession.
The expectant royal wore a nude Jane Taylor hat with silk tulle and organza discs. She “recycled” £790 eyecatching headpiece from the Diamond Jubilee Service last year. The 31-year-old wore a bespoke coat and dress by one of her favourite designers, Jenny Packham.
The trendsetter wore her glossy brunette tresses in a trademark demi-chignon and accessorised with a neat nude clutch bag and matching heels.
It was the first time that William and Kate have made a public visit to the abbey since their magnificent nuptials that took place there more than two years ago.
The beaming parents-to-be were part of the 2,000-strong congregation gathered at the “Service of Celebration” in London.
They joined other members of the royal family including Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and th Duke of Edinburgh who attended despite withdrawing from an engagement with Her Majesty last night after becoming unwell.
Other royals present included Prince Harry, Prince Andrew and his daughter Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall.
Prime Minister David Cameron will give a reading at the service.
The priceless St Edward”s Crown – the 350-year-old crown which was used for the Queen”s coronation – was also present at Westminster Abbey, leaving the Tower of London for the first time since 1953 so it could play a part in the day”s celebrations.
More than 2,000 guests were expected to attend the service, which will be conducted by Dr Hall and feature music and hymns from the coronation of six decades gone.
Although the number of attendees will be just a quarter of the total 8,521 that attended the 1953 Coronation service, representatives from every major faith, including Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism, will be present in a procession before the Queen”s arrival.
The Dean of Westminster is conducting the service, while the new Archbishop of Canterbury will give the address.
After the service, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, their children and their spouses will enjoy a private lunch with around 100 guests in College Hall, a late 14th century dining hall, hosted by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster.