Kate Middleton coat dresses

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For her final solo engagement before her baby's due date Kate Middleton attended the christening of the Royal Princess cruiser in Southampton, championing the high street in a Hobbs dalmation print coat dress, and while the animal print was a new venture for her, the silhouette was a tried and tested matenrity formula for the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Kate's worked four of the sleek styles during her pregnancy - a tweed Mulberry number, a canary-yellow Emilia Wickstead coat dress and one in peach by Tara Jarmon which she donned open over a taupe shift dress.

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We may not be seeing them on the red carpet any time soon, but for their formal style, the coat dress is a Royal staple, particularly for Kate. Through the years she's donned versions by everyone from M by Missoni to Alexander McQueen and a jacquard DAY Birger et Mikkelsen number, which she's recycled a savvy three times between 2006 and 2011. Now adding pregnancy to the mix, she's stumbled on the perfect silhouette for flattering her bump - sleek, collarless and finishing just above the knee to show off her slim legs.

Kate Middleton coat dresses

We've looked to Kate for more top tips to perfect the look:

1. Don't opt for maternity wear, just go a size up to accommodate your bump a la Kate's Hobbs look.

2. Wear with leg-lengthening nude heels.

3. Add tiny clutch and wear clasped over your bump to frame.

Kate's likely to make one more outing before the Royal baby's birth for the Queen's Trooping the Colour ceremony - bring on more lessons in Royal style.

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