The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted for the first time since the birth of Prince Louis three weeks ago.
Kate was seen arriving in Windsor on Thursday alongside Prince William for the dress rehearsal of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on Saturday.
The mother-of-three was last seen on the steps of the Lindo Wing on April 23 when she introduced her youngest son to the world.
Despite caring for three young children Kate showed none of the strains of motherhood looking fresh faced from the front of her husband’s Landrover.
Her famous brunette locks were styled to perfection and she wore a pair of chic sunnies as she sat in the passenger seat while the Duke of Cambridge was at the wheel.
The Duchess of Cambridge has made her first appearance since the birth of Prince Louis three weeks ago
She opted for a casual crepe dress £215 by Michael Kors featuring a ditsy floral print in pink, white and purple flowers while William adopted his classic blazer and shirt combo.
The royal couple made the short 30 minute car journey from their home at Kensington Palace to Windsor castle on Thursday.
The Duchess of Cambridge is still on her official maternity leave which began at the end of March.
Aside from Saturday’s wedding she may appear at some family occasions during the summer but is not expected to return to official duties until the autumn, according to aides, and even then her ‘primary focus’ will be her children.
They followed behind Harry and Meghan who rode in the back of a car just metres ahead.
The former actress smiled as she arrived at Windsor Castle but her royal fiance looked far more serious as it emerged she is still said to be ‘tearful’ about the chaos Thomas Markle has caused.
After days of silence Meghan was forced to make an extraordinary and moving statement confirming he will no longer walk her down the aisle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on Saturday.
She said: ‘Sadly my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health’.
The Duchess of Cambridge was last seen on the steps of the Lindo Wing with the Duke of Cambridge when the couple introduced their youngest son to the world
The former Suits star, 36, added: ‘I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday’.
It is unclear whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children were travelling with the couple although they will be joining their parents on the big day.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte have been confirmed as pageboy and flower girl for Meghan at the wedding.
It remains unclear as to whether three-week-old Prince Louis will be in attendance although sources say he will not attend.
They travelled behind Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle who are arriving in Windsor for their dress rehearsal for their wedding on Saturday
The former actress smiled as she arrived at Windsor Castle but her royal fiance looked far more serious as it emerged she is still said to be ‘tearful’ about the chaos Thomas Markle has caused
Instead the youngest child of Kate and William is expected to be cared for by his nanny Maria Borrallo or Kate’s parents during the ceremony.
Despite there still being two days until the big day there were hundreds of well-wishers lining the streets of Windsor to welcome the royals upon their arrival.
Spectators were treated to marches by military personnel who are also rehearsing today in the final preparations for Saturday.
The royals are expected to conduct a private run-through of proceedings at St George’s Chapel, where Meghan and Harry will marry, later today.
Spectators were treated to marches by military personnel who are also rehearsing today in the final preparations for Saturday
Hundreds of well-wishers had lined the streets of Windsor in order to welcome the royals to the castle on Thursday