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[Full Post] A St. George's Day Prince is Born!

Monday, April 23, 2018

It isn't everyday a new prince is born into the British Royal Family! And on St. George's Day, no less! Kate was admitted to the Lindo Wing today in the wee hours of the morning. According to the Palace and Emily Andrews, Kate arrived with Prince William by car "long before 6am." The Duchess delivered her third child, and second son, at 11:01 am. I am going to jump right in and say, I think Kate was induced, and I will delve into that just a little more later in the post. 

When George was born, we got the parade of grandparents, which was delightful. Charles and Camilla, and Carole and Michael, made public entrances at the Lindo Wing and waved to the gathered fans, the press, and the world. 

With the birth of the Cambridges' second child, though, the grandparents changed gears and drove to Kensington Palace in the afternoon to meet the little princess in more privacy. In their place, another special person took center stage on the Lindo Wing steps. I remember when Charlotte was born I was most excited to see Kate, but honestly seeing George almost stole the show. He was such a wide-eyed sweetie that morning, staring at the cameras that were furiously clicking, while he gave a perplexed wave from the safety of his daddy's arms. 

Today, we got both George and Charlotte, and as George stole the show in 2015, little Charlotte stole the show today. She really is a firecracker. I think it was the Queen who told someone on a walkabout recently that Charlotte rules the roost at home, and bosses George around. It seemed the Queen said that with some pride. ;) [See post with pictures and video of the kids arrival here]

Baby George is definitely not a baby anymore. It's crazy how fast he has grown. He was shy today, but still smiling. Apparently, George went to school today, but Charlotte stayed home (does she have this week off? She might), which is why he is in his uniform, but she is not. 

Today was a high-speed day. Kate delivered, William went and got the kids, and after they arrived Kate was out on the steps in less than an hour. This family was on a mission to get home! Kate delivered Charlotte at 8:34am after being admitted at 6am, and I believe she left the hospital later (if memory serves). This time, she delivered at 11:01am and left the hospital earlier (again, I think she left earlier). I agree with those who say she looked a little tired. Half the shots show a quasi blank face, before she rallies and gives the cameras a smile. She seemed tired, but genuinely seems pretty natural. 
Kate again chose a bespoke Jenny Packham. We kind of knew she'd go JP, and that is both because Jenny Packham is that Tier I headline label for Kate, but I also think that Kate has been very intentional in maintaining continuity for each of her children. For each child, Kate has chosen the same designer for her own dress and wrapped her newborn in the same style G.H. Hurt & Son blanket. George didn't get more hoopla in that respect than Charlotte, nor did those first two get something other this third. At the same time, Kate made each day unique by wearing a color that will instantly stick out and identify which Lindo Wing appearance it is. George will always be the blue polka dots, and Charlotte the sweet buttercups, and this little prince the St. George's Day red and white. It's nice how each appearance has been equal, but also unique.

Ok, so here is my theory. I am sure Kate is more comfortable in the privacy of her own palace, as is entirely understandable, and does not want to spend the night at the Lindo Wing. Plus, the inconvenience to the hospital with the security that accompanies such a world-famous mother and child must be considerable. But to get everything done (announcement, kids arrival, her appearance, etc.) takes time. You need to get started early. And she did. Kate arrived in the pre-dawn hours "long before 6am," according to royal reporters, and she delivered at 11:01am. I think she absolutely scheduled this.  When trusted royal correspondents claim they have a scoop, they generally have an actual scoop, not because they are telepathic or just incredibly lucky with their guessing game, but because they have an actual source. Emily Andrews said over a month ago that Baby Cambridge was due on April 23rd. And here he is, over a month later, arriving just on schedule, early enough to get George and Charlotte over for their appearance, and get Kate dressed (in St. George's Day red and white, no less) and on her way home before sunset.

I don't have any problem at all with Kate inducing, I am just explaining why, when I look everything over, I think that's what happened here. I don't know--maybe Kate has exceptional luck and Emily Andrews should chuck her reporting job to be a wonder woman on the stock market, but I think this was not entirely unplanned. Seeing her in St. George's red and white really sealed the deal. Kate does love those little tributes. I say well done to her. She certainly looked ready to deliver a month ago, so if she planned April 23rd as the drop-dead date, more power to her!

Kate looks absolutely fantastic in red. I loved this dress and she looked magnificent this afternoon. Every Lindo Wing presentation is special, filled with that natural fatigue and exuberant joy. I join several readers who have already expressed the comment...bring on a fourth! :) In the meantime, I hope all of you (checking your phones in the early hours for the Lindo Wing status) get a restful sleep tonight. 

William and Kate Appear on the Lindo Wing Steps

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge presented their little prince on the steps of the Lindo Wing just moments ago, and then transferred him to carseat and headed home to Kensington Palace.  Per usual, Kate wore Jenny Packham. 

I am going to review all the pictures and video and update this post in full in a few hours.

Prince William Brings Charlotte and George to the Lindo Wing

What a morning! As he did when Charlotte was born, the Duke Cambridge left the Lindo Wing this afternoon by the front door. Waving to photographers, he popped in a waiting Range Rover to zip back to KP to pick up George and Charlotte for a visit to their mother and new brother.

He returned shortly with the little ones. Not too much has changed since we saw these two last. George is still a little more reserved, and Charlotte is happy as a clam to interact with the press:

James Whatling captured this precious moment as Charlotte turned for a smile for the photographers. She is a natural. Apparently, the press was calling "Turn, turn!" and only Charlotte did so. I have to say, I am a huge fan of William, but it takes patience sometimes when he bungles obvious big moments like this one. Well, now the history books will have the spotlight on Charlotte for this moment. 

This is a classic case of women understanding what's necessary at the proper moment. ;) Charlotte's half turn and final wave absolutely made this arrival. 

I am not great at seeing these little details, but Christin Zi pointed out that once inside, Charlotte tries to take George's hand, and he puts his arm around her shoulder. I think Kate is intentionally raising her children to be very close to each other, which is so, so lovely. 

The Palace has announced Kate will leave the hospital today. Sunset is around 8pm London time, so we are looking at a departure in the next few hours. Update: Richard Palmer says the next 15 minutes to half hour! 

Watch Live: Duchess Kate Has Had a Baby Boy

Update: It's a boy!!

Good Morning and Happy St. George's Day! This has been predicted as Kate's due-date for over a month this morning, and it looks like everyone who trusted Emily Andrews' source is in luck. The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in London this morning in early hours of the morning, before dawn. You can watch the excitement live here:

The media has gathered at the Lindo Wing and royal reporters think we could get news quite soon that a new prince or princess has arrived! Although Kate seems like a woman who is very focused on natural methods, this Monday arrival on the predicted due-date does make me wonder if she chose to be induced?