Kate Middleton To Show Off Baby Bump At Cruise Liner Launch

Eleanor  Young
by Eleanor Young

Kate Middleton will show off her burgeoning baby bump during as she launches a cruise liner in Southampton this summer, just one month before her baby due date.

The Duchess of Cambridge has also accepted an invitation to become the ship's Godmother, a spokesman has confirmed.

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According to official reports, Kate Middleton will take part in the naming ceremony of Princess Cruises' new liner Royal Princess in Southampton on June 13.

It's thought the pregnant Duchess will enjoy a brief tour of the shiny new ship - which boasts a 27 bars and restaurants, a 280-seat entertainment area and a glass-bottomed walkway - before it sets sail on it's maiden voyage on June 16.

'It is a great honour for Princess Cruises that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge has accepted our invitation to become the Godmother to Royal Princess,' Princess Cruises’ president Alan Buckelew said.

'We are delighted that the Duchess will launch our new ship and can think of no better way to celebrate our company’s British heritage and our commitment to the country.'

Although Kate Middleton's official baby due date is not yet known, the Duchess herself told well-wishers it was mid July, which seems to confirm she'll be continuing royal duties right up until the end of her pregnancy.

Yesterday it was rumoured Kate Middleton as turned to the royal family for baby name inspiration, and is considering christening her firstborn Phillip, after Prince William's grandfather The Duke of Edinburgh.

'The name Philip is in the frame for a boy. It will certainly have it somewhere in his name,' one source told the Daily Star.

As well as Phillip, the shortlist reportedly includes Victoria, Diana and Elizabeth.

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