With the sun on her back and the wind in her hair, Kate Middleton had a spring in her step on the King's Road in London today.
And why shouldn't she? The happiest day of her life is just nine days away, when she will finally marry the man of her dreams in front of adoring billions around the globe.Looking as stylish as ever and rather slender (she wouldn't be the first to diet with wedding dress in mind), Kate appeared as a free as a bird and unencumbered by the trappings of a Queen in waiting.
Astonishingly, she appeared to only have two protection officers in sight - and one was so casually dressed he would have gone unnoticed but for the coat he was wearing on the hottest day of the year.
Miss Middleton will walk up the aisle at Westminster Abbey next Friday to marry heir to the throne Prince William.
She wore a £480 Issa short-sleeved black wrap dress and tan court kitten heels - which she was spotted wearing four years ago - accessorised with her 18-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring. The ring's precious stones make it worth £250,000, but the Queen-to be's version, which used to belong to Diana, is valued at £32million.