We're chronically suspicious of gossip alleging that Kate Middleton is pregnant. Just this month, In Touch claimed to have spotted a pregnancy indication on Kate's frame, and there's already a detailed history of speculation that the Duchess of Cambridge is princessing for two. (She's only been married a year, people!)
But even we've gotta admit: these new photos are worthy of setting off a new wave of baby whispers.
Duchess Catherine stepped out next to William at the Order of the Thistle in Edinburgh on Thursday (another one of those uber-British ceremonies). As you might have forgotten, Will and Kate, now both 30, have Scottish titles -- the Earl and Countess of Strathearn. Kate even carried a scarf made of Strathearn tartan to ring in the occasion.
Style-wise, Catherine looked glowing in a custom Emilia Wickstead yellow coat-dress -- her third choice from the designer, following that pink garden party dress that she repeated twice, and the green St. Patrick's Day coat dress. Less thrilling? The brown pumps she trots out on the regs, and that tan curlicue fascinator she's worn to several events since last year. (Seriously, Kate. Go shopping. We'll watch the palace for you.)
But most noteworthy was that the duchess held her plaid scarf directly in front of her abdomen in most of the photos, and dare we say, we detect a fuller face and a hint of something under her coat dress. Of course, Kate's no stranger to the pose, but she seems more deliberate this time around. Has the queen's latest baby hint finally sunk in?
Check out the pics below! Not that we're ones to hunch over photos with a magnifying glass. But still.