Pregnant Kate Middleton has just completed a successful first year as a working royal, scoring a total of 111 engagements in 2012, according to estimates published by The Times. Her busy twelve months also included 36 appearances on foreign soil, which come from her tour of the South Seas with Prince William.
Kate's record was of course slowed down towards the end of the year after the Palace announced that she and William were expecting their first child and the Duchess was hospitalized with acute morning sickness related to the early stages of her pregnancy.
Despite her steadily growing work record and her status as one of the country's favourite royals, it is though the Duchess of Cambridge will take things easier in 2013 as she prepares to give birth to the royal baby, expected to be due in early summer.
As Kate prepares for the exciting event, her in-laws will no doubt step in to see to the business of maintaining Brand Windsor. According to the The Times' figures, her father-in-law Prince Charles was the hardest working royal in 2012, racking up 480 UK engagements and 112 overseas appearances.
After the thrilling highlights of the Diamond Jubilee, Great Britain and the wider world is now preparing for another important year in royal history as William and Kate prepare to welcome their first child – and the future monarch.
The 86-year-old Queen was right behind with an impressive 425 engagements last year, all of which were carried out in her back yard.
With the Diamond monarch marking 60 years on the throne, interest in the Queen and her family was at an all-time high, and the sovereign certainly didn't disappoint, travelling the length and breadth of the country to meet that demand.