Pregnant Kate Middleton is chic in Hobbs' Dalmatian mac as she makes last solo engagement before her due date

The Duchess of Cambridge is bang-on-trend in animal print as she arrives at Southampton Docks for cruise ship naming ceremony

Pregnant Kate Middleton made sure she completed her final solo public engagement in serious style today ahead of her going on maternity leave.

Pregnant Kate Middleton opted for a Dalmatian mac by Hobbs for the occasion [Rex]The Duchess of Cambridge had all eyes on her and her growing baby bump as she arrived at Southampton Docks for the eagerly-awaited outing, as she christened a cruise ship.

Despite being just a month away from the royal baby's due date, Kate was impeccably in style as she donned an animal-print coat by Hobbs for the occasion.

In a clear reference to the scores of animal print pieces that filled the catwalks at the most recent Fashion Weeks, the 31-year-old was chic in the Dalmatian Mac by one of her high street favourites.

With a round neckline and zip fastening, Kate teamed the boldly-printed piece with a chic black headpiece with a fluted rim and bowed applique.

Kate Middleton was in high spirits at the official naming ceremony of a new cruise liner today [Rex]Black pumps and a white box clutch completed the Duchess' look, with a hint of rose blusher at her cheeks and her trademark kohled eyeliner giving her a fresh-faced appeal.

Interestingly, Kate's outing today sees her once again follow in footsteps of her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, who attended a similar ceremony when she named the ship's predecessor 30 years ago.

For that occasion Diana opted for a red dress with black pussybow detail, while Kate plumped for this £169 Hobbs number - which, shockingly enough, has already sold out.

The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge is just one month away from giving birth [Rex]While Kate is just a month away from giving birth she was showing no signs of discomfort or tiredness at the ceremony.

The pregnant Duchess was all smiles as she took part in the traditional smashing of a bottle over the liner's hull, as the 'Royal Princess' cruise ship was officially named.

Tell us what you think of Kate Middleton's latest stylish outing over on Twitter, now.

Kate Middleton wore a pastel pink Alexander McQueen dress as she landed in Adelaide, Australia [Getty]
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