LONDON – Prince William’s pregnant wife, Catherine, was given a badge to help expectant mothers get a seat on the London Underground when she accompanied Queen Elizabeth II on a visit Wednesday to mark the train network’s 150th anniversary.
The queen, who was fulfilling her first public engagement in more than a week after suffering symptoms of gastroenteritis, smiled broadly during the visit to Baker Street Station.
Kate, 31, was presented with a “Baby on Board” badge by London Underground Chief Operating Officer Howard Collins.
She held it against her teal-colored coat and joked, “I’ll make sure I wear it at home.”
The London Underground gives the badges to pregnant women to let other passengers know they may need a seat.
Now five months pregnant, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, still cuts a slim figure but her baby bump is growing by the week.
“Kate said, ‘Oh yes, I’ve seen this before.’ She used to travel on the Tube, so she probably saw them then,” Collins said, when asked about the presentation by reporters.
“She asked me, ‘How do they work?’ and I said they’re fantastic, they really do make a difference — saves men the embarrassment of having to guess if a woman is pregnant,” he said.
The 86-year-old queen’s illness, an infection of the stomach and bowel, forced her to be admitted to hospital March 3 for the first time in a decade. She and her husband, Prince Philip, subsequently had to cancel a planned visit to Rome a few days later.