The Royalist

03.05.13

Where's The Bump? Kate Middleton in Grimsby

You can set your watch by her grandmother-in-law. But it seems Kate is taking timekeeping tips from Justin Bieber

Kate Middleton  did a successful job of hiding her baby bump on a mini-tour of the industrial town of Grimsby today, wearing a thick brown coat from British high street brand Hobbs.

But it wasn't enough to deter questions about her pregnancy from locals. She told one well-wisher who asked that her baby had been kicking "very much".

She arrived in the town two hours late after her helicopter was delayed by fog. The palace defended the decision to use the £4,000-a-ride chopper after suggestions were made it would have been better for Kate to take the train.

In another interaction with locals, an elderly care home patient told Kate she was waiting for her to become Queen, prompting Kate to reply, "You might be waiting a long time."

Kate's visit shone a rare spotlight on Grimsby, which was once the world's biggest fish processing centre but has been in decline for many years and currently has high levels of unemployment.

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Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Kate was delayed by two hours (is she taking timekeeping tips from Bieber?) after the helicopter she was traveling in from London to Grimsby was held up due to thick fog. Grimsby is about four hours by car from Central London.

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Kate's shoes (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
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Dude, she's pregnant, it's rude to stare. Kate sits next to a dummy of the Ship's Mate at the Skipper's Table during her tour of the National Fishing Heritage Centre (Anna Gowthorpe / WPA / Getty Images)

We're hoping she may take the coat off later and give us a flash of the growing bump.

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A man dressed in a St George costume rides past crowds waiting for the arrival of Kate (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
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Kate poses for a photograph during her visit to Peaks Lane fire station in Grimsby, (Leon Neal / AFP / Getty Images)
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Leon Neal / AFP / Getty Images