The Duchess, who is due to give birth in July, chatted about her pregnancy with members of the public as she went on an impromptu walkabout after visiting a fishing museum.
Bobbie Brown, a 42-year-old Sainsbury’s shop worker, waited in chilly temperatures for more than three hours to see the Duchess, and said: “I asked her if the baby had been moving or kicking and she said ‘Yes it is, very much so.’”
More than 1,000 people were kept waiting for 70 minutes longer than expected because the Duchess had opted to fly to Grimsby by helicopter rather than taking the train, and thick fog prevented her leaving London on time.
St James’s Palace defended the decision to use the Royal Flight’s helicopter, at an estimated cost of £4,000, rather than buying train tickets for £216 return, which would have enabled the Duchess to arrive in good time for her first engagement of the day.
A palace spokesman said: “A number of factors are always taken into account when considering royal travel arrangements, including what the member of the Royal family is doing before and after the engagements, and it was decided that the best way to travel was by the Royal Flight helicopter.”
– Appearances & Events > 2013 > Mar. 05 – Visiting Grimsby