The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a meal out together for the first time since the news of her second pregnancy was announced.
Looking thinner than usual due to the debilitating effects of the severe morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, from which she has been suffering, Kate was bundled up in a light jumper despite the balmy evening.
The Duke and Duchess have a country home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall, and ventured to the King’s Head pub in Great Bircham on 11 September for a quiet pub supper together. Sitting at a cosy corner table, the royal couple both enjoyed black bream with roasted vegetables on a bed of spinach and rounded their meal off with a single vanilla ice-cream, which they shared with two spoons. William accompanied his meal with red wine, whereas pregnant Kate stuck with water.
Four armed protection officers were with the couple to ensure their safety. After a visit that lasted a little over two hours, the couple left the pub around 10pm.
A witness told Radar Online: “Locals were stunned to see the royal couple saunter in and sit at a quiet table in the corner. Towards the end of the meal, a couple of stunned locals introduced themselves to the royal couple and shook their hands.”
The Duchess’s hyperemesis gravidarum is so severe that she has had to cancel several events; the Duchess was unable to go to the Invictus Games and has had to cancel her forthcoming official visit to Malta, which would have marked her first solo Royal engagement.
A Clarence House spokesman issued a statement confirming the Duke of Cambridge would go instead: “The Duke of Cambridge is honoured to represent The Queen on the visit, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Malta’s Independence.”