Carole Middleton 'happy and smiley' during visit to Richard Ward's hair salon

While she awaits the birth of her second grandchild, Carole Middleton stepped out to have her hair done on Friday. The Duchess of Cambridge's mother was spotted at the Richard Ward salon in Kensington, looking every inch the exctied granny-to-be.

"She was very happy and smiley," an onlooker told Us Weekly, adding that the Carole, who was dressed in skinny jeans, flats, a navy blazer, and striped shirt, appeared to be "very friendly and close" to stylist Richard.

Party planner Carole is was most likely making sure her hair looks at its best for when she arrives at the Lindo Wing to meet William and Kate's new baby.

Carole was described as looking 'happy and smiley' during her hair appointment

When Prince George was born in July 2013, Carole and her husband Michael Middleton were the first visitors at St Mary's Hospital and couldn't contain their joy at meeting the baby boy.

The elated couple told the waiting journalists that the baby was "absolutely beautiful", with Carole adding that the new parents were "doing fabulously".

"They're both doing really well," she said of William and Kate, who welcomed their firstborn at 4.24pm on 22 July 2013. "We are so thrilled."

When quizzed on whether they knew the then unnamed youngsters, Carole said with a smile, "Absolutely not!"

Carole and Michael were the first visitors at the Lindo Wing when Prince George was born

Carole and Michael, who have been married for 35 years and are also parents to Kate's younger siblings Pippa and James, hopped into a taxi as they left the hospital much to the surprise of the driver who picked them up.

"It wasn't until I got there and I was told that it was Kate’s mum and dad I was picking up," Tracy Mitchell told the Evening Standard at the time. "You really could have knocked me down with a feather to be honest with you. I was really quite taken aback by it.

"It was the most important passenger I've ever had. Our future king's grand-parents — you don't get much more important than that other than real royalty."