The Duchess of Cambridge has debuted her royal baby bump, appearing in public for the first time since it was announced she is expecting her third child.

Kate, who has severe morning sickness, joined husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry at a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark World Mental Health Day.

Despite still suffering from severe vomiting (hyperemesis gravidarum), she looked relaxed and was showing signs of a tiny baby bump.

The palace has not announced when the baby is due but it is believed Kate is less than 12 weeks pregnant.

A royal aide said: The Duchess’ condition is improving but she’s still suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. She’s delighted to be here tonight.

The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry met leading figures in the mental health sector at the reception, including Mind president and comic Stephen Fry.

At an event earlier in the day, Prince William explained in a speech that it was his wife who first decided the trio should join together to focus on mental health.

William said: It was Catherine who first realised that all three of us were working on mental health in our individual areas of focus.

She had seen that at the core of adult issues like addiction and family breakdown, unresolved childhood mental health issues were often part of the problem.

Harry had seen that it wasn’t enough to help veterans recover from their physical injuries without acknowledging the emotional and mental support they required.

And after years of working with the homeless, and having been called out to multiple scenes of suicide as a search and rescue and then HEMS (helicopter emergency medical services) pilot, I understood the damage poor mental health was causing to our communities and for our families.

The Duchess has not been seen in public since 30 August, when she joined William and Harry at an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.

The couple were forced to announce that they were expecting their third child when she had to cancel a public appearance on 4 September due to sickness.

Kate also suffered from the condition when she was expecting Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Normal morning sickness affects about 70% of pregnant women and causes some degree of vomiting and discomfort normally in the first trimester (12 weeks) of pregnancy, but those suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum can be constantly sick throughout the day.

So far, no further royal engagements have been announced for the Duchess of Cambridge and its understood this appearance does not mean she will be resuming full royal duties just yet.

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(c) Sky News 2017: Royal bump debuted as Kate makes first public appearance since pregnancy announcement

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