The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, may have left her baby Prince George at home, but she had the chance to bond with other youngsters as she visited a local child development centre in Harlem, New York. Kate is currently on a three-day tour of the Big Apple with her husband Prince William.
While the Duke had travelled to Washington to meet with President Barack Obama earlier on in the day, Kate stayed behind in their base city to carry out her first solo engagement of the trip.
Guided by New York's First Lady Chirlane McCray, the Duchess, who is five months pregnant with her second child, headed to Harlem in the northern section of Manhattan.
Arriving in the vibrant neighbourhood on Monday afternoon, Kate was met by throngs of excited royal fans who had waited for hours and braved the cold outside the Northside Center for Child Development.
The beautiful royal kept the wintry New York weather at bay as she protected her baby bump in a black coat by Goat – one of her favourite British designers. The piece, called the Washington, retails at £680 and is expected to sell out as most of Kate's items of clothing do.
The royal will then reunite with her husband in the evening for a true New Yorker experience – watching the Brooklyn Nets take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a basketball game. William and Kate, both 32, are rumoured to be joined courtside by sport fans and music royalty Beyoncé and Jay Z.
Back in her native home, Kate is royal patron to various children's charities including Place2Be – a charity that works in schools to provide early intervention mental health support.
The Duchess is also patron to The Art Room, which aims to use art as therapy to increase children's self-esteem, self-confidence and independence.