Category: Society / February 19, 2013 11:45 AM EST
Britain's Duchess of Cambridge talked with the staff and clients of an addiction treatment center on Tuesday (February 19), as she made her first solo public appearance since last December.
Despite a row over comments made by writer Hilary Mantel, in which the Booker Prize Winner described her as a "plastic princess", Kate appeared relaxed as she chatted and smiled during the visit.
More than four months pregnant, Kate clasped her hands over her small baby bump, as she listened to a woman tell her story of addiction.
Hope House offers a secure and comfortable place for women who are recovering from substance dependence.
As she left the building, Kate was presented with some flowers by two young children, and was cheered by the crowds who had gathered to wish her well.
Video Source: Reuters