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April Showers Bring May Flowers: Prince William and Duchess Kate Present Their New Princess

Saturday, May 2, 2015

What a whirlwind of a day! In less than thirteen hours, Kate arrived at the Lindo Wing, gave birth to a little princess, George made an appearance, the royal couple presented their new baby on the steps, and swoosh, they had all gone back to Kensington Palace! The timeline alone is a little hard to keep up with, add to that the barrage of texts, tweets, and livefeeds and it can end in some confusion. You've seen the pictures, you know the general story, but let's walk through the last 24 hours to get everything order. 



Last night, photographer Jesal Parshotam got on Periscope to tell us that the police presence was significantly higher than it had been any other night. His brief broadcast showed a police car with multiple officers moving past the Lindo Wing, as what seemed to be a security check was underway. I think that Kate knew last night that she was heading toward labor. Having gone through this before, the Duchess had a better sense of timeframe, and remained in the comfort and privacy of Kensington Palace until it was time go to the hospital, but they knew they were preparing for the real thing.

At 6am London time, Kate checked into the Lindo Wing through a back entrance, The Cambridge Door. It is different from the door she used with George, but not far from it. The Cambridge door affords a little more privacy, since the cameras wouldn't really have an easy angle to catch her going in. Kensington Palace announced the Duchess was in labor at 6:30am:




At that point, I figured we had hours to wait before Kate delivered, let alone the Palace announced that the new little HRH had arrived. Not one who relishes my sleep patterns being disturbed, I went back to bed until my normal get-up. You can imagine my shock when I woke up to discover that five minutes before, Kensington Palace had released the news that Kate had had a little girl several hours before! (One of my friends just had her 4th TEN minutes after checking into the hospital) Our Princess arrived at the hospital at 6:00am and delivered the new princess at 8:34am! 



Excited chaos burst around the Lindo as reporters and bloggers alike began processing the implications of this very speedy and early arrival. The unofficial, but charming, Town Crier had been staying at a hotel nearby, fully kitted out, but wearing trainers, ready to dash to the Lindo Wing as soon as the news broke. He is allowed to get up on the steps and make his joyful announcement:



It was immediately apparent that William and Kate could very likely be gone before the sun set. After all, if Kate had an easy and healthy labor, and mommy and baby both checked out, why wouldn't they return to the comfort and privacy of their own home? That she was going to leave was all but certain. What we didn't know was whether she would have visitors, and very importantly, would Prince George make a stop on the steps of the Lindo Wing? Meanwhile, the easel was placed in front of Buckingham Palace and traditional announcement was placed:




The Queen was not in residence at Buckingham Palace, instead, she had been staying at Sandringham. She had a public engagement in York today, and wore a deep pink ensemble that some wondered might have been to celebrate her new great-granddaughter. Meanwhile, whispers that Kate's hairdresser had arrived began to circulate as speculation continued about possible visitors. As the clock ticked, the likelihood of fitting in visitors and a departure began to wane. Then, it was announced that William would return to Kensington Palace to "see George," which clearly translated to, if George is up for it, a visit would take place. The beaming new daddy trotted down the steps waving to the cameras and fans. "We are very happy, thank you!" he told the press, "I am just going to get George."


The Cambridges never committed to bringing George until the last moment, but I always felt that it was inevitable. Obviously, many hesitated to assume the small prince would make an appearance because of his parents' struggle to protect George from the press. When the Range Rovers returned with the Duke and George, I think excitement was as high as the actual baby's appearance. William popped from the driver's seat and moved around to the far side of the car, where he was just visible pointing to the photographers and talking to George, doubtless trying to warn him of the commotion they were about to enter. Camera feeds from above showed him put the little tot on his feet and take his hand, but a few short steps and George moved in front of William, his arms outstretched asking to be held. 


Swept to the protection of Daddy's arms, George's confident personality mixed with the natural, perplexed reaction of small toddler to a bank of photographers and waving strangers. He slowly mimicked William, and waved back as his little baby brows knit in concentration:


Still the swiveller, (nothing has changed in that department since Australia) he faced out toward the photographers as William paused at the bottom of the steps to give the cameras a chance to get a good shot. He smiled, and as if to reassure little George, gave him a quick kiss as he turned to head up the steps. 


As they walked into the Lindo Wing, just before the two disappeared, George rested his head against William's shoulder, his dark eyes still staring out at the cameras. George didn't stay long. Kensington Palace tweeted he had returned to the Palace shortly after, and I suspect Nanny Maria took him home. She had been spotted in the car when William and George arrived, and they two must have slipped out a back entrance. The clock had essentially run out to have a visit from family, and I suspect that because Charles was not in London to drop in, it was decided better PR to have no one come, than run photos of just one set of grandparents. I understand the PR side of that choice, but I have to say that not seeing Carole and Mike was a big disappointment to me. 

The Cambridges announced they would leave the hospital, and it was a little after 6:00pm that the doors of the Lindo Wing swung open and a radiant Duchess of Cambridge emerged, William by her side, holding her swaddled little daughter in her arms. The couple beamed at each other...


...and at the precious new addition to their family:


Just as she did when pregnant with George, Kate turned to Jenny Packham to design a bespoke dress in which to debut her new baby. I was not surprised that she chose a gender neutral color. The polka dot piece from 2013 seemed a tribute to Diana and blue is a color Kate chooses often. It very well may have also been gender-based, but to repeat blue, or even worse pink, would have been too cliché. This cheerful print was a smashing choice!  I have to say that I far prefer it to George's polka dot, which was a little too shapeless. This polished look could not have been more perfect. The Duchess completed the ensemble with her Jimmy Choo Gilbert pumps and Annoushka pearl drops. 



Maybe because they had already given the public quite a bit by bringing George, or possibly simply because it was the second time around, this photo-call was far shorter than George's. Kate never handed the baby off to William and the two did not take questions. Some smiles, some waves, and suddenly they were heading back up the stairs. Just a few minutes later, they remerged, William again helped Kate with the stairs.



She headed for the passenger side, as William moved to place the baby seat in the Range Rover. I think we all held our breath to see if William was going to have trouble, but the car seat easily clicked into place. As if guessing our thoughts, William turned and grinned, holding up two fingers to indicate he had been perfect twice in a row.


And away they went. 6:00 am to 6:00pm. Kate is one efficient princess. According to Max Foster of CNN the couple did not take visitors this evening, and we will have to see if the baby gets high-profile visitors tomorrow. The Cambridges plan to spend a few days at KP and then move to Anmer Hall for a quiet summer. The next big reveal is, of course, the name.  It has been a long day, kids. Let's all enjoy a rest. I am going to search out some champagne to toast this sweet little face!




118 comments:

  1. I'm so glad this happened on a weekend! I wasn't sure how I'd cancel meetings at work to make this work. Instead we came back from walking our dog at a park just in time to see them come out!

    When the 3 of them came out, Kate was quite unsteady on her feet when she went to go down the stairs - I suspect having dealt with the physical and hormonal demands of labour she was feeling weak. I think another difference was with George it was the day after his birth, and she was in wedges that time - I know my balance is better on wedges than heels. But nothing to fear, because William was attentive enough to rescue her by immediately offering his hand. I loved that moment.

    William with George....so sweet. Says so much about the kind of dad William is trying to be, and is.

    I thought this dress had less shape than the blue polka dot one. That one had more of an empire waist that emphasized her stomach. I wondered if she chose a baggier style, as maybe in retrospect she didn't want to show that much of her post-baby body to the world.

    Such an exciting day! Thanks for all your posts/tweets, Jane! :-)

    Amanda, Canada

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    1. I think structure can really flatter for a figure like this. As you say it deemphasized her stomach and look more streamlined. I thought it was lovely! George and William...I think I liked that the best. he is clearly a WONDERFUL daddy! Just precious. It was such and exciting day, and I hope they release an official photo in the next few weeks!

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    2. You are right as usual Jane! The dress had structure so it didn't cling to her body like the cornflower silk polka dot dress. I also thought it was beautiful, and she looked unbelievable. I am so happy for the whole Cambridge family and I am gobsmacked about the name. I was also over the moon about seeing George. He is precious!

      Nancy in Alabama

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  2. Wow. So many happy and sweet moments crammed into a few hours! The baby girl is just adorable. I also loved the photo of W&K smiling at each other...the one of William kissing George...and William being so caring with Kate. Diana would have much to be proud of and smile about today.

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    1. My favorite times in photos as well. The one that brought tears to my eyes were of William giving George the kiss on the head as much as to say "well done for your first time in front of all those cameras and people". Plus the interactions between William and Kate were just priceless - said it all !!!

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    2. That's lovely Eva B :-)
      Simone

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  3. P.S.

    Jane, I agree about this dress being a more polished choice, although I did appreciate the significance of blue polka dot dress. And I too think they avoided a PR nightmare if the Middleton's arrived at the hospital and Charles did not. The short stay also made it easier to avoid the issue; before people had a chance to speculate about visitors and who would arrive first, there was every reason to believe Kate was going home. Today could not have been orchestrated better if they tried! :)))

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    1. Did you notice a well-timed announcement kept the media riveted to the doorway, while George and Nanny
      probably made their escape out back? I agree. Everything about the day went off with military precision. And
      really good planning and coordination among all involved.

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  4. I do not believe for one second that the Middletons did not visit the baby yet. Ha! As they most certainly should! I watched the BBC coverage today and Carole was at KP they said. (I'm in the U.S.) Saying they had no visitors is simply a lie to stroke Charles' ego.

    Sad that everyone kowtows to that silly man.

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    1. Perhaps the Middletons are not considered visitors.

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    2. Well, no arguments from me about his ego. Lol. But given the short timeframe involved, I tend to believe that Carole and Mike were at KP with George and, most likely, left shortly after W&K arrived home from the hospital. This way, they did get to see the baby the day she was born, but it didn't give the newspapers a photo to match with some sensational headlines.

      I think the Middleton's care a great deal about William and it seems quite reasonable to believe that they would avoid contributing to an unnecessary media frenzy which would be the one cloud on such a perfect day.

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    3. Why would they leave?? They visit all the time and there is no photo. I think Carole is a strong woman and will see her grandchildren whenever she pleases. I think they are at KP tonight helping with the new baby. They have a suite at W&K's.

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    4. I too heard that Mike & Carole were already staying at KP before she was admitted this morning. So to me them saying "no visitors until tomorrow" was creative wordsmithing - if the Middleton grandparents are already staying at KP they aren't "visiting" the same way you would if you drive there for tea. So while I think it was to help with Charles' PR, I believe M&C have met their granddaughter :-) A opposed to Charles who I think would visit, dote, and leave, I believe the Middletons actively help out. Doesn't make Charles a bad grandparent, just makes him different than what we hope for.

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    5. Anon 6.35, we don't "know" that the Middleton's have a suite at KP. They may, they may not. I suggested that Mike and Carole left because I believe the Middleton's respect W&K's privacy and a day like today would have been for bonding between W/K/G and the new baby. I think Carole and Mike are active in their grandchildren's lives, but I doubt that William (as their son-in-law) would enjoy spending as much time with her family if they were intrusive.

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    6. Oh, please, the Middletons have a suite at William and Kate's. Everyone knows that. It is intrusive to spend the night at your daughter's house after she just gave birth and needs help??? I do not think so.

      They spend weeks at a time with the Middletons, at Christmas, on Mustique, when George was born, etc... They are CLOSE. Period.

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    7. Anon. 10:36PM
      Source please for for your emphatic statement the the Middletons have a suite at Kensington Palace. It is know they own a flat in London, but have never read there was a suite specifically for them. Since Carole and Pippa and then Mike were seen entering this AM, I doubt they stayed over night.

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    8. Their children live in their flat in London. C&M have an in-law suite at W&K for privacy, so they can enjoy their grandchildren. What is so wrong, or hard to understand, about that? The KP apartment is over 22 rooms, I think W&K can spare a few.

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    9. Eva B, the photos spoke for themselves this morning, didn't they? :)))

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    10. Ooooh, hello, hello all. Ok, well, let's just run through a few things. While I am absolutely certain that William and Kate have a lovely guest suite, I don't think we would want to characterize whatever room they have for visitors as a a personal suite, as if the couple had keys and had moved their personal pictures and belongings in. Kate and William travel to Bucklebury and the Middletons visit Anmer enough to see plenty of each other. It was widely reported that Carole was in the area before he baby's birth, and I suspect she was helping Kate. There was a report that she was seen entering KP midmorning--maybe she dressed George, maybe she prepared something for Kate's homecoming. Hard to say, but I don't think it is inconceivable that she did not meet the baby until today. Consider that Kate had not even had a full night's sleep since giving birth when she finally got home. I can well see William and Kate wanting to be just them, AND get some rest!

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  5. The BBC was very upset that they didn't stop to talk, at least William. They said that W&K's office specifically requested the media to put up microphones so everyone expected something to be said, a short q&a. It was rude.

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    1. Rude? Less than twelve hours after delivery? I am absolutely amazed that the appearance was made at all.
      I also sensed something different going on with security. Those two RPOs staring after the car, for one thing;leaving
      the hospital so soon.
      BBC may be rude, if that story is accurate, but not the new parents.

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    2. Where did you read that W&K's office specifically requested the microphones? It seems like an odd request to make given the circumstances involved.

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    3. William could havè said a few words, taken a few questions, this is a major event for the monarchy. No time to run and hide.

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    4. Are you suggesting they left so soon because of a security threat?

      Or that we were lucky that "an appearance" was made at all? Oh, yes, next time they should leave without showing the public the baby!! I'll have my popcorn ready to see how that turns out. Something tells me I already know what the outcome would be! LOL

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    5. Hmm. I heard a "lip reader" said Kate asked William if they should go talk, and he "emphatically said "no"". I see how the chill of the day (and early May vs. mid-July with George) is a factor. Since it was 10hrs since the princess was born, Kate looked happy, but understandably weak and unsteady.

      I will admit I was disappointed they didn't answer a few questions. However, William bringing George and encouraging him to wave was a pleasant surprise.

      I hope they give us some great photos in the coming week! I think we should get at least a couple!

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    6. Run and hide?? Really? Kate gave birth less than twelve hours prior to what I would consider a generous and picture perfect photo op. And we got to see George arriving to meet his baby sister, with William clearly being a loving father and caring husband.

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    7. Faith from MassachusettsMay 2, 2015 at 6:52 PM

      I was disappointed that they didn't speak with the press too. The whole exit from the hospital seemed rushed and I wondered if there was a security issue. Probably they were just exhausted and wanted to go home.

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    8. Anon 6:36- A sweet, heart-warming event, but hardly a " major event for the monarchy:" the birth of a spare to the heir to the heir to the heir? ha!
      Anon(s) 5:59, 6:41- 6:44- some people will not be happy with anything the Cambridges do;.....no matter how many pictures or appearances, it's never enough for some;.... some get their kicks from getting a big reaction to a snarky remark and then move on to the next blog.
      The above remarks may or may not apply to you. You decide which do.

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    9. Anon 7:40, I'm one of the Anon 6:44s and I do not understand why you lumped me into those statements. I don't get kicks out of being snarky, nor was my tone snarky (and let's remember tone is subjective online). The disappointment I felt over the lack of an interview was purely selfish and not critical - I would have liked it, but I can still smile and move along with life. I'm not mad at the Cambridges. I owe you no further explanation. :-)

      PLEASE do not be so quick to judge :-)

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    10. Royal fan
      Live coverage on the BBC reported about the microphone request. They were shocked that no chat happened. It was a man and woman reporting live as they left the hospital.

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      This was s major event. No denying that. The public expected more.

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    12. Anon 6:41- Have you heard about the serious security alert at Dunfires House with Charles and Camilla
      in residence? Two days ago. I just read about it.
      I think the safety of the Cambridges may have been an issue.

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    13. I was watching the live coverage on the BBC too. I haven't heard about the lip reading, but that makes sense. W&K's office probably expected them to talk, so they requested the microphones. Will didn't want to at the last minute, which is very typical of him. Unfortunately, this is a major event, the whole world has been waiting and William should have said something. It would have been the gracious, classy, appreciative thing to do.

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    14. Wow, not sure who was "rude" here. I would vote for the one being rude was the BBC if they were truly "very upset" that William and Kate did not entertain questions. William went and got George so the media would be happy. He encouraged George to interact with press and turned around to give them full view and an extra wave from them both.. In view of the fact they were returning home in just a few hours it was not really necessary to bring him to the hospital if it were not to satisfy the media. Kate was only approximately a little over 10 hours postpartum, and while she had a relatively quick labor and delivery there are a lot of changes happening. It also is a lot colder than in July coupled with a newborn that is also less that 11 hrs. old and still in that transitional time for regulating body temperature, a short exposure was probably advised. As someone else pointed out - some people will never be satisfied!!!! Why on a great day such as this do some feel the have to do whatever to spoil it. SO SAD!!!

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    15. If microphones were requested **with** W&K's knowledge, I believe they would have followed up on it. Perhaps there was a miscommunication or their office assumed they would follow the same pattern as last time. I don't know. But I do think some of the disappointment expressed regarding today's photo op is a bit over the top.

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    16. Great post, Eva. Well said.

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    17. He was possibly being considerate to his wife. Also a gracious, appreciative thing to do. Very typical of Diana's boys.It is hard to understand putting the entertainment, even of the whole world, ahead of an exhausted wife.
      He needed to get his family home.
      Time after time a royal-or any public figure- has put his perceived duty ahead of his family. This has often not turned out well.
      If a person does not value the needs of those closest to him, can he be expected to value the needs of strangers?

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    18. Anon 9:07 I'll give you this - it would have been nice of William (and Kate) to say something. I'm not mad at them for not, but it would have been nice. I think people would feel this regardless, but it contrasts how we were spoiled (with George's birth) hearing from the Middletons and Charles & Camilla.

      Eva B I think bringing George may have been for the press, but I also think that is how a lot of parents like to introduce their children to a new baby. It is neutral, so then when the baby comes home they are already familiar with it. I think their reasoning was two-fold. Or three-fold, as Kate may have been very anxious to have her two babies together, and she probably hadn't seen George since the night before. All speculation, but I just don't believe they would have done it only for press.

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    19. William "went and got George so the media would be happy". My goodness. First, that was actually a nod to William's visit to Harry when he was born. Most likely thought up by William's office.

      Second, if anyone spoiled the day, it was them refusing to talk, after their office requested the cameras. The whole world was watching and celebrating with them... I just simply do not understand William acting like that. This was a joyous moment, people honestly cared about them and his behavior was immature and rude.

      Maybe he was mad that he had to get George and do pictures, so he wasn't going to talk too. Either way, he was horrible. Appreciate that people cared and were celebrating too, be gracious and kind. If there is no connection with the people and the royal family, the monarchy won't last.

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    20. I really do hope that Jane does not permit the comments section of this blog doesn't go down the same route as another well known one ..
      For me that would be a be truly sad day ...
      Simone

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    21. Meant requested the microphones.

      Anon10:16

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    22. Anon 10:16, I think calling William horrible is going a bit far. His wife had given birth just 10 hours before and was probably exhausted and just wanted to be home. And William had brought George for the media and the public, even if it was the request of his office, he still did it and didn't have too. Plus the fact that this baby is their second and not expected to be a monarch like George so they probably felt like they didn't have too answer questions. My sister summed it up when we were watching the live feed and the BBC complained, why should they have to stick around to speak, they just had a baby and want to get home. I'm all for criticising them when there's a legitimate reason to do so, but this isn't it. Just enjoy the day, why do people need to pull it apart for.

      Rebecca

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    23. Most people would accept that William considered his wife's condition first.
      "Sky" reported that the reporters were told they could put the microphone up, but they did not think the Duke and Duchess would say anything as "It has been a long day".
      I suspect she came home on the first day so as not to disrupt the election news for another day.and we did get to see George---if you think William could be forced to bring George if he thought that wrong, then you have not understood that this Prince will put his family first and thank God for that.

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    24. Perhaps the real "problem" here is that the day was *too* perfect for some folks. :) If George didn't make an appearance, there would have been an outcry over it. Since he did, W&K's office had to be behind it. It could not have been two parents who have given tradition and symbolism a nod on more than one occasion. And the fact that William was so "into it" when he presented George to the press means nothing. Eva, I love your post, but I'm beginning to think the words "so sad" don't cover it. :)

      And as an FYI, approaching the press on the other side of the street, as W&K did when George was born, was unprecedented. So this going on about how rude it was of William or how typical does come across as bashing. Big time.

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    25. Apparently, KP allowed but did not suggest setting up microphones.. I think the real points here are that: rumor has been used to justify an attack, for whatever reason; that internet bullying has reached epidemic proportions;
      that this blog's kindly atmosphere may have been targeted, for whatever reason. It is easy to separate those who
      have the best interests of this blog from those who don't . You are obvious.
      I suggest those disgruntled bloggers' remarks don't deserve a response . It is difficult to not react to such
      ridiculous accusations; but by doing so, we feed their need to provoke dissension and gain attention.
      Ignore them. For every such remark, respond with five positive comments, or at least criticisms based on
      information from reputable sources and presented in non-inflamatory language.

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    26. I think the BBC can be trusted when they report that KP REQUESTED the microphones. I heard them reporting live. No rumors.

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    27. I can't wait to hear the name they have chosen for the little princess. I like Margaret Diana . Perhaps they will
      introduce her to the Queen at Sandringham, where the Queen was seen and photographed today. A great
      compromise. Allows the family to go home to Amner Hall and the Queen to stay put. Maybe tomorrow, after the
      bells have rung for the new princess. And after they tell the Queen the name, the rest of the world will know.

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    28. Wires often get crossed between offices. I can't imagine the media not having microphones, just in case, but while this was a shorter photocell than with George, I didn't find anything untoward or even rude. The Cambridges probably also felt that the media hadn't been through what they went through last time, which was true! Plus, we got George this time around. All and all, a lucky day for press and fans alike.

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    29. Anon 2:48
      If you think the BBC can be trusted to accurately report anything about the royal family, you obviously did not watch their reporting of HMs Jubilee.
      BBC once upon a time could be trusted to tell the truth---now they always have an agenda.

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    30. I think it was lovely as it was, and perfectly understandable that they didn't have a chat with the press! I know the reporters I heard were talking quite a bit about the chilly temperatures, and I suspect that if I were to have given birth ten hours previously and be holding my newborn in the cold, I'd want to skedaddle back home as soon as I could, too. Plus, Charlotte isn't the first-born of the kids, so it has less of a public significance than George's birth did.

      It's the tiniest bit disappointing that we didn't get everything we wanted, but I don't at all think anyone involved showed rudeness or lack of class (not to mention how nice it is that everyone was happy and healthy). As you say, Jane, a lucky day for all!

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  6. Thanks for the amazing recap Jane! I was up until 3am (NZ) last night waiting for them to come out but it was all just rumours at that point. William left to get George just after I zonked out :(

    I absolutely loved the Jenny Packham dress - it reminded me a bit of the blue poppies dress that was such a hit on the tour last year. It also fits perfectly with Kate's new polished pregnancy style that we saw this time around. Excellent choice.

    People seem upset about not getting an interview but I think it was left up to the couple - while they're on the sidewalk (after that scary but adorable walk down the stairs, yikes) it looks like Kate turns to William and asks if he wants to 'talk to them' and he shakes his head. Maybe it was a long day for everyone and they just wanted to get home. Completely understandable - in the end they are new parents who are probably exhausted and unfortunately don't get the luxury of baggy sweatpants and topknots for the trip home! Thanks again for such a great post and for sacrificing your sleep to keep us all updated!

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  7. I am so happy it's a girl! How wonderful for them. Looking forward to hearing her name. :) Kate looked magnificent and the photos of William and George are just darling. I love this family!

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  8. Faith from MassachusettsMay 2, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Jane, I love the title to this post :) Such an exciting day and what a beautiful family. Can't wait to find out the name. I don't think she looks like an Alice but maybe they will think that she does :) I'm going to make the unpopular statement that I do not like this dress at all. I find it super shapeless and unattractive. I can't decide if it reminds me of my mother in law's house coat or sleepwear. However, she looks fantastic for just having given birth. Just wish it had been a different dress.

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  9. Gosh people, why all this negativity? I came to this FAN blog to read and hear the latest, and here you are complaining about Kate's dress, their behaviour... What's going on? A new little princess has been born. Can we just be excited for them?
    Old friend

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    1. My AMEN comment was in response to your post, Old Friend.

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    2. I think everyone has expressed their joy over the birth of the new princess quite adequately, however, at the end of the day, it is a fashion blog as well.

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    3. Right on!!!! It was a great day! Kate and William gave us a new Princess and an appearance by George with his loving dad that we rarely get to see.

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    4. I think that's absolutely right Faith and I guess on any other day I would maybe comment one way or the other on Kate's dress but today she could have worn her corkswoons' and skinny jeans and I would have forgiven her :-) she gave birth 12 hours before and bless her for standing upright never mind looking gorgeous - as she indeed did :-)
      In answer to some other points made about William - when he came out of the hospital to go and collect George (unexpected delight for most Royal commentators) William said "we're very happy" "I'm just going to pick George up"
      We have absolutely no idea how Kate was feeling but the word "exhausted" would be my best guess and on that basis I also forgive the "no interview" or questions. I also come here because it is a genuine fan site - sure I'm up for some discussion - but honestly couldn't the professional critics for once keep it light and happy on this occasion?!
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    5. Haha, hear, hear, Simone! That day she could have worn yoga pants and a baggy sweater and I would have called it fine! The dress was pretty enough, Kate looked beautiful, and the baby was perfect. Very, very well made accessory. ;-)

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    6. Hi Simone :-) Of course everyone would have forgiven the skinnies and the wedges, and she would have looked great in them btw. I feel more trepidation discussing what she wears when she does very important engagements such as visiting the hospices for children. I think everyone thought she looked amazing leaving the hospital but some of us just were not fans of the dress.

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  11. Heat Hear Old Friend - I am so very happy for William and Kate- and excited! And we got to see Cheeks :-)
    What a sweetheart!
    Happy happy day!
    My husband thinks I am quite quite barmy!
    Simone x

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  12. Hallelujah!
    Another Old Friend

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  13. Once again, Jane, pictures I had not seen, details I hadn't noticed-woven together by your charming story. The whole enchilada!

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  14. What a very special day!! I know that everyone is very happy a healthy baby girl was born today!!! Kate looked amazing. What a special surprise we got to see sweet little George. William and Kate looked so very proud of their new family!! Congratulations to The Cambridge's!!!!!! Oh happy day:)

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  15. Long time reader, first time posting. I found Jane's blog shortly after the birth of George a few weeks after I had delivered my fifth child, also a boy. I just LOVE the blog and am so happy for the sweet Cambridge family!!! What a blessing, the princess in beautiful. I have to say I amazed how Kate remains in heels after childbirth. I could never do that.

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  16. I checked twitter last night to find that she was in labor. Thought, "perfect! I can sleep and wake up to some happy news and not miss any of the "visual interest" (ie--actual people walking in and out rather than starting at a closed door)". Woke up to the news of baby girl! And immediately tuned in to live feeds and broadcast news. Watched William bring George in, squee-d out loud (much to my still-sleeping husband's chagrin, probably), and kept a watch on Max Foster's periscope, twitter, and the live feed. Had 3 live feeds open for the debut of Princess Cambridge, all on different schedules so I got to see it all 3 times! Then sat down to rewind the broadcast tv coverage and forced newly awakened hubby to sit with me and watch. I was ecstatic to have seen George, which made up for the lack of comment from W&K later on. A magnificently joyful morning, I couldn't have asked for more! And efficient! I got to go on with the rest of my day! Perfect.
    Can't wait for the name and first family photo (I need another good look at George and Lupo)!
    -Tess

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  17. I like the flowers on her dress but for some reason the ensemble reminded me of a tablecloth. Just not my taste. She was glowing and absolutely beautiful, though - you can tell they're both over the moon!

    I saw people were claiming William shook his head "no" to Kate asking if he wants to talk. That's not what I read. The Telegraph's lipreader said Kate ask William if the baby was cold and he said, "No, she's fine, she's good". But *Kate*, not William, then said, "Let's take her back inside" or "Let's go back inside". And guys, c'mon, do you know what a baby does to your lady parts, compounded by Kate probably getting very little sleep the night before? We were lucky they stayed outside more than a mere second. Give her a break! She might make giving birth look easy but it's anything but.

    I was a little disappointed we didn't see Mike and Carole as well. I know they get flack, but they seem like such amazing parents and you can tell they're still in love and happy together! They just make me smile. Definitely was a PR thing. Wouldn't be surprised if they were at KP but ducked out later to leave them to it for their first night home. The first night is a special thing, I can't imagine Kate and William would want them to stay and they probably wouldn't want to intrude. I bet they made dinner for the tired parents then said their goodbyes.

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  18. I'm on the west coast of Canada and the whole event was over by 10:15 am here. Have been on cloud 9 all day. George is a sweet little man and William looked so proud and happy. I sort of expected he and Kate to say something to the reporters but when I saw how shaky Kate appeared coming down the stairs, I wasn't a bit surprised they didn't. Yes Kate appeared to ask him if they should but he said no and I thought he did so out of concern for his wife. I don't think it was rude or unfair or any of those things. I think it was a spur of the moment decision by William that his wife had had enough for one day. And that's good enough for me. A lovely new princess for all of us to enjoy for years to come. Thank you, Jane, for for a wonderful post.

    P.S. I loved her dress I thought it was classic and elegant and perfect for the occasion.

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  19. Sonja from BavariaMay 3, 2015 at 1:59 AM

    What a day! After waiting for quite a long time, everything happened so quickly.

    I'm so thrilled that it's a girl - and as Kate's daughter, she'll become absolutely beautiful. The interaction between george and william was just too cute, but I hope that George won't be jealous now that he has a younger sibling...

    To Kate's dress: when the door opened and I saw that she was wearing something yellow (I was watching the live stream), I was absolutely amazed. The pattern of the dress is just so beautiful, it's perfect for spring and the colours looked great on her.
    But I have to admit that I didn't really like the shape of the dress, it was just ... too straight. I know that she probably didn't want to show of her belly as much as last time, but the shape with that empire waist she wore when leaving the hospital with george looked better IMO.

    I still love the colour and pattern of the dress, I think Kate looked amazing. The baby looked soo cute and you could easily see that Kate & William are absolutely in love with their newborn daughter.

    I can't wait for them to release the name. Will it be Victoria? Charlotte? Mary?

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    1. I respectively disagree. I think everything about Kate's appearance was an improvement over her hospital emergence the first time round. Her hair looked SO much better--hats off to Amanda C Tucker, who has really upped her ante of late--and ditto to Jenny Packham, whose *hospital leaving dress* was far superior to the first time round. And Kate's shoes were a serious upgrade.

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    2. Sonja, I loved the nod to Diana when Kate wore the polka dot dress, but I do think this look was more polished. And I don't mean to imply that she looked bad the first time. My goodness...she had just given birth to her first baby, it was July, the media frenzy...it had to be overwhelming even if she didn't show it. But perhaps in hindsight she wanted a less revealing cut this time. Diana did the very same thing. When William was born, she looked somewhat casual in a maternity dress and flat shoes. But she definitely stepped it up a notch when Harry was born.

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    3. I just have to jump in and say that we are really talking about two different seasons, so it is unfair to compare the two dresses. It was a very warm day when Kate appeared with George as opposed to the cool windy day with Charlotte. I liked the blue dotted dress too because it had a fresh young look that went well with her tan and the way her hair was done. I think a lot of people didn't like the dress because it showed off her post partum tummy. I for one thought it was great for moms everywhere that she didn't try to disguise it . That is reality. The present dress I liked less because I find the high neckline and the shapeless line of the shift unflattering. JP tried to create shape with the border pattern but it did't quite work for me. Something about the hem bothers me and feels unfinished giving it a nightgown type quality. I think the color is beautiful however.

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  20. Hey Jane,
    thanks for this sweet post.
    It was a beautiful day and I have loved waiting and watching the steps for hours and the baby is just too adorable! So happy for them!
    Let's talk fashion: I have to disagree with your opinion about the dresses. I understand that this is a major thing and they have a lot of pressure on them about their looks etc. but I am a little bit dissappointed that she looked so "styled". The polka dot dress had something very young, fresh and natural about it, also with the wedges and the hairstyle. I simply find it irritating to feel the need to dress up in white(!) and yellow with everything that is going on down there 10 hrs after giving birth or wearing heels. Correct me, if I'm wrong, but it seemed to me she was also wearing more covering make up than the last time which made her face look more unnatural and older. This whole scene is of course staged - but could we please stop expecting a red carpet like look after such a human and natural thing as childbirth? And could they please stop trying to look like it? I would have loved to see a more natural look, ballet flats or just a ponytail than the carefully blown out hair. It annoyed me personally very much that she was going through her hair the whe time, like her looks were the thing that mattered here. No one would have blamed her if she would have chosen a ponytail to have both hands free while caring the baby and we all know how the weather is in the spring.
    I'd love to hear anyone elses opinion about this.
    Much love
    Alice

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  21. Hi Alice. In a normal sense you are absolutely right. But I think you have to think BIG Picture here. This is an historical moment. Years and years from now, these pictures will be resurrected over and over again. That would not be lost on Kate or anyone advising her. Getting gussied up like this for this photocall is as much a duty for Kate and William (and for baby) as any other. In my opinion, they probably would have liked nothing better than to be whisked out the back door and just gone home. But that wasn't an option. Even George had a duty here, just as his father did when Harry was born. And he performed beautifully.

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    1. Hear, hear! Everything you said is exactly what I would have said if I'd had first crack at it. Whether people agree that it's an "historic" moment or not, for the rest of this child's life, these images will accompany the story. How many times over William's life have we seen the photos of Diana's polka dot going-home dress? Especially if Will and Kate continue the same rate of official photo releases--there simply won't be a huge cache of options for press to choose from when they cover George and Little Princess's childhoods. I bet Kate changed into something more comfortable, brushed her hair back, cleaned off her makeup, and relaxed with her new daughter the second they got home. Getting dressed up for a total of about 30-40 minutes is a small price to pay to have the "perfect" photo for this moment in her daughter's life. I don't think the expectation for doing the same falls on us "average" citizens unless we put it on ourselves. Anyone who sees Kate and thinks they have to do the same leaving hospital with their own newborns will have a bit of a surprise walking out the doors to zero photographers. If getting dressed up after giving birth floats your boat, do it. More power to you! But I don't think any rational person would really think that expectation is there for the average woman in the street.
      I, for one, will be shlumping home from thhe hospital in whatever I can find that fits after I give birth in October. And I am so glad there will be no cameras documenting the event for posterity. :)
      -Tess

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    2. Just for clarification: I certainly don't mean to imply that the original commenter is in any way an irrational person for wishing Kate could have appeared looking more "normal" and less done up. I just mean that I doubt Kate minds the fact that expectations are slightly different in her circumstance. :)
      -Tess

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    3. Exactly! It's a historical moment & Kate's attire was perfect. Puzzled at the criticism of her clothes & makeup & them not speaking to the press. That kind of bashing belongs on that other blog ... Why should W&K be obliged to speak to the press- they have no obligation to anyone especially the press, at this personal time in their lives. Tbe fact that they did a brief photo op on the stairs should have been enough.

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    4. I think with George a little q&a was customary and very special, as he is the heir. With subsequent children, however, I think they should be free to make the decisions that are best for their comfort level. Kate was clearly worried that Little Girl Cambridge was getting cold, and mother's instinct trumps press demands every time. If it had been a bit warmer, given her relatively easy birth, perhaps they would have lingered a few minutes more, but as things were I think they did exactly right. You can't please everyone all the time, so you just have to make the decision that feels right to you. And that's exactly what they did! :)
      -Tess

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  22. How does one know what designer Kate is wearing for an official event? Is this announced officially anywhere? Just wondering how the news travels, especially with bespoke items.

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    1. Often, the designer will release a statement confirming ti is their design and bespoke. Jenny Packham confirmed this was a bespoke, silk dress with a buttercup pattern.

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  23. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/royal-baby/11579567/Kate-Middleton-Shes-fast-asleep.html

    This is possibly why they didn't talk to Media - mummy was worried baby was cold. Probably as simple as that. Bless her mother heart & he for casing. Aww.
    Thresa Australia

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    1. Thank You Thresa, I was about to paste this link when I read your post. I had mentioned in my response above that an infant is still trying to regulate it's body temperature at this early hour postpartum. It is very important to keep them warm.

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  24. Sharing an article.

    Chinese fortune tellers say Britain's new princess will be strong-willed free spirit

    Britain's new princess will be strong-willed and innovative, a free spirit who will re-energise the royal family, Chinese fortune tellers predicted on Sunday.

    Prince William and his wife Kate's daughter was born on Saturday, falling under the Chinese zodiac sign of the sheep and with a personal element of earth, according to the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui.

    Her birthday combination is "a very strong one", feng shui expert Thierry Chow told AFP. "It indicates that she will give good luck to her family, being born in the sheep year has certainly helped to create this lucky combination."

    The princess, fourth in line to the throne, will be artistic and somewhat of a free spirit, according to Ms Mak Lingling - another Hong Kong fortune teller. "She has artistic talent and does not like to stick with the status quo, unlike her brother who will be more disciplined and reserved," Ms Mak added, referring to Prince George, almost two years older, who was born in the Year of the Snake.

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  25. What a wonderful day for that family! I loved watching the bits they shared with us. I was glued to the live stream, and enjoyed every second of it. George, the dress, the baby, everything was great!

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  26. As a retired nurse-midwife I was so happy to read today she was cared for and the baby was actually delivered by a midwife. Knowing the British system, I wondered if she had a midwife at the time George was born. I suspected she might have had a midwife monitoring her at KP until she was in advanced labor and went to hospital. By doing this it limited her time in the hospital and mom and baby could still be monitored. Thanks Kate and William for the vote of confidence in midwifery!!

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    1. They said that she probably had gas but no epidural. When I think gas, I think dentist, not delivery. Can you tell us about how this is done in the UK. Thank you!

      Tessa

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    2. Sorry Tess, I did not read she had "gas". Can you give me a source? I thought she had a "natural" birth.

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    3. People magazine. They said that was standard over there. I assumed that it still meant a natural birth as it was just gas.

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    4. Tessa-I read "they said she probably had gas" and I could read no further for a moment. I thought-"How would they
      know if her stomach was upset?" And then, I thought-"How intrusive!"
      Ha! Gave me a good chuckle.

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      LOL I had never heard of gas being used before. I am sure she had midwives at KP before she got to the hospital and maybe a little gas too at KP? Whatever she did worked well for her. I have never had any gas at the dentist and was wondering how it was used in childbirth.

      We do have a local children's hospital that uses gas in their emergency rooms to relax the kids and for pain relief. I just thought about that right now... Probably the same principles for childbirth. But how much pain relief could that give?

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    6. Well, Tessa, I had only gas and delivered a 9lb6oz. child-around 19 kg?
      It was a Friday and my OB-Gyns were at a party. On call doctor busy. No doctor, no epidural. They called them
      saddle blocks then. A nurse/midwife delivered the baby and did a smashing job. She had a graduate degree in
      Obstetrics. I don't remember any pain, but one doesn't. Of course, this was many years ago. I had no idea gas was
      still being used.I do believe nurse-midwives are allowed to administer gas.(Eva?) By-the way, when the anesthesiologist came by checking patients later, I heard someone say, "No
      need to check her. She had a natural birth."

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    7. So then as the labor comes, you just inhale the gas when you feel the pain? Do you have to use it a lot, say 20 times through the course of labor and delivery or not many, like 5/6? I have never heard of this, even my Mom has never heard of this. 9 lbs. 6 ounces, I tip my hat to you.

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    8. Ha! My first was 10-6. As I remember, a breath of gas with each contraction. As a gas, I think. it doesn't stay with you and is why it has to be repeated and was thought less chance of harm to baby. As I remember, I was exhaling that stuff for awhile. There was a shot of Demerol in there at some point, which
      caused me to have two precipitous births. I guess I had been fighting the contractions. TMI !
      Eva will be more knowledgeable regarding current practices, I'm sure.

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    9. 10/6, that gets a royal bow!

      Tessa

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  27. Charlotte Elizabeth Diana !!!!!!! Yea for the Queen and for Diana's memory. I know you are over the moon royalfan ;-),

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  28. Such exciting news about the new addition.

    Since everyone is talking fashion - I must say that I am actually GLAD Kate looked like she put much more effort into this appearance than the last. While she looked fine after George, I think her hair is what turns me off of those pictures. With George, her hair looked like it was in absolute desperate need of a haircut of at least 3" as it looked dried and frazzled. If Amanda Tucker is still actually doing her hair, thank goodness someone appears to have had a nice long chat with her because immediately pre-George and then for about a year after, Kate's hair looked pretty awful. She is back to her glossy self, which isn't that hard to maintain with an on-call hair dresser and ample time to get it done.

    Thankfully this time, she took much more care (and Amanda's work has gotten better!) -- and I am firmly in the camp that these pictures will be viewed forever, so might as well make them look great! What new mother doesn't want someone to come do her hair after a delivery? I surely would.

    I don't love the pattern of the dress, but the cut was flattering and Kate looked comfortable (except those heels, OH MY!).

    I think that Kate and William struck a great balance between giving the public what they wanted (pictures!!) and stopping the circus as soon as possible. I can't imagine being able to relax or concentrate on my new baby with a gaggle of reporters outside waiting on me. I would have made a speedy exit home, too, and I am sure that she is being incredibly well looked after by a midwife and her night nurse...

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    1. I thought her hair with George was a nice summer style that looked wind swept and sun streaked as if she had just returned from a beach vacation. It complimented her tan glow very nicely. The present hair style is perfect for the more formal spring dress she is wearing.

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  29. We have a name!! Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
    Beautiful!!!!

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    1. It is a beautiful name !

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  30. Kensington Palace has announced her name-HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

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  31. I think Pip is getting the shaft. Clearly, the baby was named after her! And while I think the Queen was honored, Kate's middle name and Carole's middle name, both are Elisabeth.... Now so is the baby's. I just think the Middletons are being snubbed in the reporting.

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    1. Are you referring to the DM article? I read it and it's amazing how it turned into a major PR campaign for Charles and Camilla. Oh dear. Funny, I don't sweeten my coffee, but suddenly this cup tastes like I added a cup of sugar! :))

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    2. P.S. Now that I have a fresh cup of coffee...lol...my take on this being a nod to Charles is this... I'm not so sure. If that was the intent, why not do so with George? I think all the Charles talk is simply to lessen the impact of the name DIANA. Not an easy pill for some folks to swallow.

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    3. OK, HOW is Pippa "getting the shaft" her middle name is Charlotte!!

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    4. Pip was getting the shaft because clearly the baby was named after her!! One paper even headlined it "Bonny Princess Charlie". OMG Very little has been said about it being Pip's middle name and al the credit is going to the "female French version of Charles". Please. She is named after her aunt.

      Yes, royal fan, I agree. If they wanted to name someone after Chuck, they would have done so with George.

      Even the Elisabeth is from Kate, yes the Queen gets a nice nod, but Elisabeth is her middle name and that goes several generations back in her family.

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  32. My first guess for a name was Eleanor Elizabeth Diana but my second guess was Charlotte Elizabeth Diana so I'm feeling insightful this morning. ;-)

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  33. This seems to be as good a time as any to mention my sentiments re the babys name. Firstly, I am not keen on Charlotte, which strikes me as very old-fashioned; secondly, I am far from keen on its reference to Charles--altho to be sure, much better than, say, Camilla. It has only three saving graces of a sort: 1, it echoes the name of Charles, Earl Spencer, Diana's brother; 2. it reminds us that Charles, Earl Spencer's youngest daughter is named Charlotte Diana; 3. it is Pippas middle name. I would have to conclude that Charlotte represents the Windsors, the Spencers, and the Middletons. Clever William and clever Kate!

    But Elizabeth is the real work of art. It represents not only HMTQ, and possibly HMTQM and the greatest English Queen who ever reigned (Elizabeth I), but it continues a short Middleton tradition: Carole ELIZABETH Goldsmith, Catherine ELIZABETH Middleton, Charlotte ELIZABETH Diana (all first names start with a C, and all second names are the same). Gotta love it! Someone in the Cambridge family can think.

    As for Diana, much as I would have preferred Frances as a double tribute to Diana and Mike Middleton, it is a very pretty name, and I can certainly understand why William would have wanted to honour his deceased mother--and, who knows? maybe Kate was a huge Diana fan, when she was young, and long before she met William. Many were.

    All in all, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is an exquisitely intelligent choice, and, on the face of it, how could either the Queen or Charles sensibly disapprove? HATS OFF!!!

    JC

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    1. JC, parts of your name analysis made me giggle and I suspect you know that. :)

      Charlotte is not very common (at least in my neck of the woods) so I would agree on your "old fashioned" comment. But I recall people saying it about "George" and we got over it rather quickly once his personality came through. :)

      I do agree with you on Elizabeth; simply brilliant on all counts. And, of course, Diana goes without saying. I am thrilled about that choice, for obvious reasons.

      AND.......by not using Diana as a first name, it allows Harry to do so. :))

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    2. What is the internet for, if not to make like-minded friends? I am glad that I made you giggle; I always look forward to reading your posts because we always agree on the essentials, altho we sometimes disagree on more trivial matters.

      Taking a stab in the dark here...but are you an American from a northern or coastal State? I am Canadian, and speaking of people Canadian, I quite like much of what Jane in Canada has to say.

      JC

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    3. Thank you, JC. I enjoy reading your comments as well. And you are pretty good at stabbing too. :)) North and coastal as a matter of fact.

      Did you see the photo of Charles visiting KP again today? I was happy to see that (sincerely) and even happier to see him alone in the car. LOL.

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    4. Yes. I saw it; truthfully, nothing would please me more than to see Charles cut back a bit on his official duties in order to make more time for both George and Charlotte; he deserves it and they deserve it.

      PS. Would that be the East Coast or the West Coast of the USA? (I only ask because of, well, stereotypes. East Coast, and you're in; collectively, I view this area as the epicentre of the American intelligencia; well-balanced. West Coast isn't so well-balanced, altho it certainly (California, in particular) produces some spectacular results--e.g. homosexual rights.:)) )

      JC

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    5. Oops...sorry... east coast :)

      I too would like to see Charles actively involved in his grandchildren's life. He has achieved a major personal goal (having Camilla at his side) and while he still has one major hurdle ahead of him (Camilla accepted as his consort), perhaps he has lived long enough to appreciate the rewards of a more balanced life.

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  34. Here in British Columbia, Canada we have our Queen Charlotte Islands and our City of Prince George. So both of these lovely children have good reason to visit our Province one day. I had hoped William would leave Diana for Harry to use, but I'm sure they worked it out and since it's a third name, I'm sure Harry could use it as a first name some day if he wants to. Congratulations to William and Catherine. As lovely as a family unit you are, here's hoping you don't stop there. You do produce very beautiful children.

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