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A Very Pregnant Kate Middleton Makes a Surprise Appearance at Easter Service

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An impending due date couldn't keep the Duchess of Cambridge from honoring a holiday tradition

Kate Middleton may be about to pop, but that couldn't keep the Duchess of Cambridge from enjoying Easter service at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel on Sunday. The appearance came as a surprise, given that Middleton is reportedly days away from her due date and wrapped up her last public engagements more than a week ago.

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What was much less of a surprise was just how chic Middleton looked — the soon-to-be mom of three has been a study in sophisticated maternity style throughout her pregnancy. She continued in that vein on Sunday in a black Catherine Walker coat coupled with nude pumps and Balenciaga earrings. She topped off the look with a black Lock & Co. Betty Boop hat.

Middleton and William (looking dapper himself in a navy suit) met up with Queen Elizabeth II for the service. William's cousins Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindell joined, along with their respective partners, as well as various other members of the royal family.

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The royal couple's two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were not in attendance. Also missing the holiday outing were Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, whose Easter plans Kensington Palace declared "private." Considering their May 19 wedding is rapidly approaching, though, perhaps planning for the big day beckoned.

As for Middleton, it goes without saying that she has major summer plans of her own. With her third child due this month, she is officially on maternity leave. As she did with George and Charlotte, Middleton plans to give birth at the private Lindo Wing of London's St. Mary's hospital. According to People, she and William may then hire another nanny to work alongside their existing (and beloved) nanny, Maria Turrion Borrallo.

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Like many expectant mothers, Middleton likely wanted to squeeze in a bit of extra time out of the house and with her extended family before the whirlwind of a new baby arrives. Set your countdown clocks! We've got a royal wedding and a royal baby on the way.

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