Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in Merseyside for first official royal engagement of the year

Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in Merseyside for first official royal engagement of the year

The Duchess of Sussex cradled her growing baby bump as she joined the Duke of Sussex in Birkenhead to celebrate the life of one of the town’s most famous sons.

The pair were paying their respects to acclaimed First World War poet Wilfred Owen by viewing a sculpture in the town’s Hamilton Square marking the 100th anniversary of his death.

The couple, who are expecting their first child in the spring, were on their first joint official engagement of the year, spending the day meeting Birkenhead residents, visiting an organisation supporting women in vulnerable situations and a centre for young people.

The duchess, wearing a striking purple dress from Aritzia’s Babaton collection and a vivid red coat by Sentaler, held on to her sizeable baby bump as she chatted to waiting dignitaries.

The duke was seen with his hand tenderly placed on his wife’s back.

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