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Duchess Of Cambridge To Go On Maternity Leave Next Friday

14/08/2014 16:50 | Updated 22 May 2015

Duchess of Cambridge to go on maternity leave next Friday

The Duchess of Cambridge will carry out her last official engagement next week before she goes on maternity leave.

Kate is determined to work as close to her due date as possible, and will visit Southampton on June 13th as she officially names Princess Cruises' new Royal Princess.

The ceremony will be the mum-to-be's final solo engagement before she takes maternity leave ahead of her July 15th due date.

The engagement will begin the Duchess's break in her royal working life, and the event echos her very first engagement.

In February 2011, Kate and Prince William, just two months before their wedding, attended Trearddur Bay, near Prince William's Anglesey base, where the royal couple took part in a RNLI lifeboat naming ceremony.

Since then, the Duchess has increased her royal duties, and become an essential member of the Royal family.

She has taken on several charities close to her heart including children's hospices and spent time volunteering with the Scouts.

A royal source said: "Kate has really enjoyed her job and wanted to work as close to the birth date as possible."

After Kate's final solo engagement she will join the Royal Family for Trooping the Colour on June 15, which St. James's Palace confirmed earlier today.

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