By REBECCA ENGLISH
She was said to have cancelled all engagements this month so she could rest and recover from the bout of severe morning sickness that left her hospitalised.
But there are some events that not even a convalescing Duchess of Cambridge can get out of - Firm commitments, you might say.
The Duchess, who is less than 12 weeks pregnant, was seen today arriving at Buckingham Palace today to enjoy a pre-Christmas lunch with other members of the Royal family.
Fortunately she seems to have put the worst of her illness behind her and looked in good health for the annual event hosted by the the Queen to ensure those family members she doesn’t have enough room for at Sandringham still get a chance to celebrate in style.
Christmas itself is spent at the private Norfolk estate where her immediate family celebrates the festive season each year.
Unusually, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived for today's gathering separately, William hitching a ride with his cousin Lord Linley.
Sources said it was more than likely because they had come from different venues that morning – perhaps William was picking up some last minute Christmas presents at Linley’s eponymous Pimlico shop.
The couple were later seen being driven away together.
Yesterday the couple made a surprise appearance at their office Christmas party at a restaurant in London’s Notting Hill, showing that the pregnant Duchess is clearly on the mend after being hospitalised for three days with hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition which causes severe sickness in pregnant women, earlier this month.
The prince, like the other male members of the Royal Family, was suited and booted to within an inch of his life.