New Zealand Woman’s Weekly
Waves of delight WILLIAM & KATE’S little cherubs
THE CAMBRIDGES WELCOME A NEW PRINCE OF HEARTS
It was not quite a royal wave. But as the new Prince of Cambridge was introduced to the world on the steps of the London hospital where he’d been born just seven hours earlier, he managed a regal wiggle of his tiny little fingers.
It was a very appropriate start to public life for the baby boy, who became the newest member of the royal family when he was delivered at 11.01am on April 23.
The new prince, who is fifth in line to the throne, made his debut snuggled in the arms of his beaming mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who looked stunning in a red dress and high heels. She and Prince William were all smiles as they briefly presented their newborn to a huge crowd of well-wishers and media gathered outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London.
They didn’t stay long to show off their second son – Kate (36) murmured to William (35) that she was worried about the baby getting cold – and after a few minutes, headed back inside the hospital to say their farewells and thank yous to staff. When they re-emerged a few minutes later, the couple were hand-in-hand, with proud dad William carrying his third-born in a baby seat, which he expertly fitted into the back of a Range Rover.
“We’re very happy, delighted,” William told the
crowd, before holding up three fingers and adding, “Thrice the worry now.” He said, joking, that this baby hadn’t kept the world waiting too long, and then drove his new son, Kate and a bodyguard back to Kensington Palace.
Earlier, it was two-year-old Princess Charlotte who stole the show when she and Prince George (4) arrived at the hospital with their dad to see their new little brother. While nonchalant George walked into the building without paying much attention to the crowd outside, gorgeous Charlotte waved several times, including turning around on the steps to give onlookers a final cheeky wave before heading inside.
George was still in his school uniform, having come from Thomas’s Battersea. He knew his mum had gone into hospital to
have her baby when he went to school that morning, and according to one source, strict instructions had been issued to staff there not to let on whether he had a brother or sister.
Kensington Palace announced via social media that Kate had gone into labour and been driven to the Lindo Wing at six o’clock on Monday morning. Although there had been no official announcement about when her and William’s third child was due – other than late April – sources had said April 23 was the likely date.
Sure enough, Kate’s labour started in the early hours of the 23rd – which is St George’s Day, named after England’s patron saint. While her five-hour labour was relatively short, it was nearly twice that of Charlotte, who was born just two and a half hours after her mother arrived at
hospital. By contrast, Kate was in labour with first-born George for 10 hours.
The new prince was delivered by Kate’s obstetrics team, which included senior consultants
Alan Farthing and Guy ThorpeBeeston, plus several midwives. He weighed in at a healthy 3.83kg (8lb 7oz), making him the biggest of her babies – Charlotte was 3.71kg (8lb 3oz) and George was 3.8kg (8lb 6oz). His sex was a surprise – as with their other children, Kate and William had chosen not to find out the baby’s gender.
And just as she did with Charlotte, Kate left hospital the same day as giving birth. Only with first-born George did she spend a night in the Lindo Wing.
Insiders say one of the reasons Kate chose to leave so soon, despite the fact the maternity unit has luxury rooms and service similar to a first-class hotel, is that she wanted her presence to cause as little disruption as possible to the hospital and other women giving birth there.
A crowd had gathered outside the hospital for several weeks, with royal fans setting up deck chairs and media claiming spots on the footpath so they’d be in prime position to photograph the couple and their newborn on the Lindo Wing steps.
A cheer went up when it was announced via Kensington Palace’s Twitter and Instagram accounts that a son had been born. Later that day, a notice of the birth signed by the delivery team was put in a gold frame
and carried out to an easel set up in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. This way of announcing a royal birth dates back to 1837 and is still carried out, despite the advent of social media.
In the afternoon, Kate’s hairdresser Amanda Cook was spotted leaving the hospital after helping to prepare the new mum to face the world.
The duchess once again chose an outfit by favoured designer Jenny Packham, who was responsible for both the blueand-white spotted dress and the floral yellow dress Kate wore after having George and Charlotte, respectively.
The vibrant red gown with a white lace collar is reminiscent of the outfit Princess Diana wore when she showed off newborn Prince Harry back in 1984.
Kate looked radiant, despite the fact she’d given birth just seven hours earlier. She smiled lovingly at her son as she cradled him in her arms and later sat in the backseat next to him as William drove them home to Kensington Palace a couple of kilometres away.
George and Charlotte had already been whisked out of the hospital earlier via a back entrance. Her first visitors at home included her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton. Carole had supplies for her eldest daughter – she had been spotted shopping at a chemist’s earlier in the day.
Kate, who began her maternity leave a month before the prince was born, will have several months off over the British summer and will resume official duties later in the year. She is expected, however, to attend the wedding of her
‘Kate gave birth at UK time 11am and there she is, well, just standing up’
brother-in-law Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19.
Messages of congratulations began pouring in from all over the world as soon as the birth was announced, including an Instagram post from former US First Lady Michelle Obama, who referenced the time she and husband Barack met a pyjama-clad George at Kensington Palace.
“Barack and I are thrilled to congratulate the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge on their newest arrival,” Michelle wrote. “We hope to meet him soon for a Kensington Palace pyjama party. I’ll wear my robe!”
Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres wrote, “It’s a boy! Kate Middleton’s new baby is now fifth in line to the throne and season 43 of The Crown.”
And comedian David Walliams couldn’t resist pointing out that as a result of the prince’s birth, Harry had been bumped down the line of succession to sixth place. “Prince Harry just got demoted again,” he joked.
Here in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (37), whose baby is due in June, said she was full of admiration for Kate for appearing in public so soon after giving birth.
“I’m absolutely marvelling at the fact she gave birth at UK time 11am and there she is, well, just standing up. She’s upright in the public eye. She’s incredible, particularly given she has such terrible pregnancies.”
Jacinda revealed the gifts
New Zealand will be sending to the new prince. They include a wool blanket and a collection of children’s books from top
Kiwi authors. The gift pack also includes a personal gift from Jacinda and her partner Clarke Gayford – a white linen romper with a buzzy bee liner, which was made by his sister.