Is Kate Middleton pregnant? Royal frenzy as Kate cradles tummy at Royal Ascot

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THE ROYAL FAMILY was out in force on the first day of Royal Ascot yesterday. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has been swamped by pregnancy rumours in recent weeks and royal fans were sent into a spin after she was snapped holding her tummy at the event.

Queen walks away from Kate and William at Royal Ascot

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William joined Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals at Royal Ascot yesterday. The Queen is well-known for her love of horses and was the guest of honour at the annual event. While the monarch took centre stage, royal watchers kept their eyes closely on Kate, who sent fans into a pregnancy speculation spin after she was photographed resting her hand on her stomach.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 37, stunned in a pastel blue Elie Saab dress teamed with Philip Treacy hat of the same shade.

She seemed at ease smiling and laughing as she chatted with family members in Ascot’s exclusive Royal Enclosure.

While female royals are usually meant to wear a different colour to the Queen, this year they all dressed in blue.

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Kate Middleton pregnant Royal frenzy as Kate cradles tummy at Royal Ascot Image GETTY

Kate Middleton pregnant? Royal frenzy as Kate cradles tummy at Royal Ascot (Image: GETTY)

Kate Middleton pregnant Kate arrived at Ascot with Prince William Image GETTY
Kate Middleton pregnant Kate arrived at Ascot with Prince William Image GETTY

Kate Middleton pregnant? Kate arrived at Ascot with Prince William (Image: GETTY)

Kate and William arrived at the enclosure in a royal carriage with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Kate beamed as she chatted to the Queen’s special guests: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

But royal fans were sent into a frenzy as they picked up on some subtle gestures from Kate.

The Duchess was first snapped holding her tummy while in conversation with the Dutch royals.

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Kate Middleton pregnant? Kate held her tummy as she laughed with the Dutch royals (Image: GETTY)

Kate Middleton pregnant The Queen looked at home in the Royal enclosure Image GETTY
Kate Middleton pregnant The Queen looked at home in the Royal enclosure Image GETTY

Kate Middleton pregnant? The Queen looked at home in the Royal enclosure (Image: GETTY)

While Kate cradled her clutch bag in front of her for much of the event there were other moments when she let her hand absent-mindedly rest on her abdomen.

When she greeted fellow mum Zara Tindall, who wore a striking floral dress, Kate seemed to let her guard down again.

As she laughed with Zara she let her hand linger on her tummy again.

Royal fans are eager for another Cambridge pregnancy so it’s no surprise these pictures of Kate caused a storm on social media.

Especially as the Duchess is reported to be “broodier than ever” following the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan’s child, Archie.

However, a motherhood expert has recently claimed there is a subtle sign Kate won’t have another baby.

Kate’s doting over her youngest, Prince Louis, caught the eye of royal watchers at Trooping the Colour.

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Kate Middleton pregnant Kate seemed at ease with Zara Tindall Image GETTY

Kate Middleton pregnant? Kate seemed at ease with Zara Tindall (Image: GETTY)

Kate Middleton pregnant Kate held her tummy as she laughed with Zara Image GETTY
Kate Middleton pregnant Kate held her tummy as she laughed with Zara Image GETTY

Kate Middleton pregnant? Kate held her tummy as she laughed with Zara (Image: GETTY)

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Kate Middleton pregnant Kate and William showed a united front Image GETTY

Kate Middleton pregnant? Kate and William showed a united front (Image: GETTY)

The Duchess may be cooing over her little one more than she did with her other children because she thinks she won’t have another baby, a motherhood expert has claimed.

Motherhood expert and founder of Bloom baby classes, Victoria Jennings told Express.co.uk: “As a mum of three, I completely understand how it looks as if Prince Louis is Kate Middleton’s favourite child.

“As a parent, things go by in a flash and so you want to nurture the youngest child for as long as possible; this was certainly the case with me and my youngest daughter.

“You just want to baby the third child for as long as possible, especially if you’re thinking they will be your last.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK