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Watch the Lindo Wing Live: Kate Has Had a Daughter

Saturday, May 2, 2015


I had to pop off to a luncheon, thus the truncated live blog. Oh, real life--not always easy to schedule. I am working on the report now, and the blog post will be live soon!



3:40pn. William will be leaving the Lindo shortly to return to Kensington Palace to "see Prince George" which many are interpreting to mean he will bring the little prince back to visit the new princess.

1:44pm: Some reporters hinting they expect an announcement that the Cambridges will leave today.

1:19pm: Kate's hairdresser has been spotted heading into the Lindo Wing. This doesn't mean Kate will be coming out soon, but it suggests she will be taking visitors at the least, and I still believe she will leave this evening.


1:00pm: Still not signs of any visitors, but I think they could start showing up shortly. Sky News has predicted the christening will take place this summer, before The Queen leaves for Balmoral. This seems like a very safe bet. Certainly, it wouldn't take place while HM was away, and they won't do it right away, if the follow the same pattern as they did with George.

12:55pm: The Royal Mail will have a special postmark!




12:35pm: The announcement has been placed. A very simple statement of the arrival, including gender, time, and weight. The doctors have signed it.



12:30pm. The easel was placed at Buckingham Palace and the footman will soon place the announcement. This is obviously not a necessary element, but it is traditional and so special and exciting. The Queen is not at Buckingham Palace, she is en route to Yorkshire for an engagement. We are still wondering if Kate will begin to receive visitors.


12:05pm: Letting it sink in that Kate Middleton has had a baby girl!




11:53am London Time: The easel is scheduled around to go up at 12:30pm outside Buckingham Palace.



11:44am London: Sky News is interviewing a midwife who says that while Kate needs to spend some hours getting checked out, but could very likely go home. I think an evening departure is very likely.


Update: 11:26am London Time-- At 8:34am, Kate delivered a healthy little princess! The Cambridges daughter weighed 8lbs 3oz. As i hypothesized in this post (earlier this morning) I think the fast delivery indicates that Kate probably was in early labor most of the night and put off her arrival at the Lindo Wing until she knew she was good and read. Carole Middleton has been spotted at KP, and we are waiting to see if George will arrive at the Lindo.

Kate is in labor! Twitter is ablaze with it, and every news outlet in the world is excitedly announcing that Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital’s Lindo Wing. The Great Kate Wait is over, and this baby is finally, actually on its way. I strongly suspect that, just as when Prince George was born, William and Kate will delay the birth announcement for a number of hours. So, don't have too much of a melt-down just yet.


Kate was admitted around 6am. She arrived by car, accompanied by Prince William. The Palace announced over Twitter just a little after the Duchess checked in. There is no update other than she is progressing slowly.


I suspect that Kate has known for a number of hours. Last night, Jesal Parshotam reported that the police presence outside the Lindo Wing was heavier than it had ever been at night. They were conducting security sweeps and circling about. Kate might have had enough twinges even at that point that she knew it was only a matter of hours before it was time to head to the hospital. There won;t be any update until Kate announces she has delivered her or daughter.

At £6,500 a night, the Lindo Wing is quite the luxe experience. Given the almost month long wait we have had for this second royal baby, not to mention the preceding eight months of maternity coverage, it is hard to believe there could be anything new to report on the accommodations. Nevertheless, some weeks ago, Us Weekly interviewed Georgie McGrath, a woman who delivered her two children at the Lindo Wing. She described the accommodations, and I thought added some fun detail:
"When you arrive, you get given your own room, the floors are carpeted, [there are] fitted cupboards, a TV screen, your own bathroom, a little fridge, curtains, nice duvets on the bed," McGrath says of the plush environment. "A menu comes to you every day, and it’s not your normal run of the mill sort of menu, it’s a good menu, yummy food," she adds.
As wonderful as all that sounds, there is one last, and very special perk:
"Once you’ve had your baby they will take the baby for the night and go put him in the nursery and you can have a full-on sort of four-course meal, with champagne and candles and everything like that," McGrath reveals. "I don’t think I’d go anywhere else after having [my babies] there. It was a joy, a pleasure. Life was very, very easy."
Suddenly, that delay makes sense. Wills and Kate were quaffing champagne while cooing over their little miracle. Note to self for the future...

Prince George is at home, of course, at Kensington Palace with his nanny, but Carole Middleton has been spotted around the palace over the past few days, and I suspect she is also there taking care of the tot.

Remember, no word until Kate and William announce that she has actually delivered the baby. If they follow the same pattern as they followed when Prince George was born, which I strongly suspect they will, they will delay the announcement by several hours as they spend time with their baby and call family members to give the good news first. You wouldn't want Carole or the Queen hearing it on Sky News first. :)

46 comments:

  1. Sonja from BavariaMay 2, 2015 at 2:30 AM

    I've checked the kensington royal twitter feed every hour and finally, when I woke up today, it was confirmed that Kate has gone into labour!

    Did the Palace confirm whether Kate has gone into labour naturally or if they decided to induce?

    I'm so happy and excited about it - I hope that everything will be fine and that Kate and the baby will be healthy.

    Let's keep her in our prayers

    P.S. May 2 is a nice date for a royal birthday!

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  2. But Jane, isn't it the middle of the night in the USA ? Did you stop sleeping during the Great Kate Wait ?

    Hope everything will go well !

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    1. It is!! I have had a 2am alarm set for the last three days. This morning was at last the day, but I am going back to bed now until my regular wake rolls around. There likely will be no news for a number of hours. But, THIS IS EXCITING! See you soon!

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    2. Well, you are my hero. And yes, what an exciting morning : visiting bakeries for our wedding cake, and Kate having the little princess ! Full joy everywhere !

      OK, now I can't wait for the name. I hope the first one won't be Diana, too heavy !

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  3. I highly doubt that little George was put in the nursery for his first night of life. I kept my baby in my room, especially as a new parent, you simply can't take your eyes off of them. It is too thrilling. I'm sure they had plenty of help with nurses and midwives. Also, I remember they ordered pizza as a night snack. Their security guard was seen delivering it. I know there is a picture running around of Kate's hospital suite from last time. They previewed it for reporters. Really, it just looked like a normal suite at a good hospital. I personally would not want a duvet on my bed, germ city. But Europeans are very different, even in national hospitals over there, they have quilts on the beds. Not very sanitary IMO.

    I want a girl, but I think it will be a boy. Healthy and happy are all that really matters.

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  4. Going crazy here in Canada! Ridiculously excited. Still hoping we have a princess, but most of all, I hope that this baby comes easily and is healthy.

    JC

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  5. Faith from MassachusettsMay 2, 2015 at 5:25 AM

    Woo hoo!!! Excellent news!!!! So excited to hear what her name will be!

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  6. Sonja from BavariaMay 2, 2015 at 5:30 AM

    I'm sooooo happy thst it's a girl! They're a really perfect family and I wish them only the best.

    Now the next question is: what will she be called? I'm still hoping for a Mary or Victoria... but, it's most important that Kate and her daughter are healthy!

    I'm over the moon about this - great news ^^
    I wonder if Kate will already leave the hospital tomorrow (and of course if we'll get to see George!)

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  7. A friend and I are Facebook messaging back and forth while our husbands snore beside us. It's 4:00 a.m. here in CA and we're still chatting about possible names! So exciting!

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    1. Lol!! Same scenario in my house Robin :-)

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    2. Good thing they slept through it because they do think we're a little crazy! ;-)

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  8. Labour the second time is shorter. Much shorter if the babies are born within 2 years

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    1. Makes sense. It is still "fresh" and your body can easily recall what it needs to do.

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    2. Not my experience, everyone is different.

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  9. Some people seem to simply get it right every time. First the male heir, now the much hoped for girl. How dod they do this? Blessings on the family!

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    1. Many of us would have been very happy with a girl the first time. Not sure how having a boy first "gets it right". And the male heir??? A first born girl can now inherit the crown.

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    2. But not when George was born

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  10. So exciting!! I thought the name was announced in the easel...when do we expect that? Also, didn't they have a monogram (or whatever it is called) with an overlapping W and C? Why is it just on William's stationary?

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    1. I believe it's the Windsor stationary as the announcement is officially from the monarch. Jane?

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    2. You could be right! I just thought the birthday note to Terry Hutt was also on stationary with only the W at the top. That day I thought "why wouldn't they send it under their joint WC monogram?".

      Jane: Is it called a monogram?

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  11. I am thrilled that it's a girl. :)))) Fantastic.

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  12. Beautifully done Jane!
    Loved periscope - I felt like I was backstage at the theatre!
    So happy for their little family.
    Feeling homesick tonight :-)
    Simone

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  13. Watching the live feed and I just saw Mr Security walking out the Lindo Wing doors on his phone! Haha :) Thank you so much for posting the live footage... I had no idea it existed!! :)

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  14. Yaaaaay! SOOO happy this went so well & fast. I could not stand any more delay hahaha! Still hoping for the princess to get my name!!

    Alice

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  15. Carmen, The NetherlandsMay 2, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    So exciting! Bless the little girl and her family!

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  16. Once the excitement dies down could you explain how the titles Prince and Princess are allocated. I understand that princess and opted not to give her children royal titles. Prince Andrew's two daughters are both titled princesses. Prince Andrew's two children are titled I believe Lord and Lady. we now have Prince George and the new Princess but I understand that her title is a result of recent changes to the rules as laid down by the Queen. how does it all work?

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    1. The title of Prince or Princess is held by the children of a monarch; the children of a monarch's son and those of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales. The latter used to be just the eldest son of the eldest son of the prince of Wales, but was changed by HM before the birth of Prince George.
      The children of the Princess Royal had no right to the title. Her first husband refused an Earldom, which would have given their children a lesser title.
      The Earl and Countess of Wessex chose that their children should only hold titles as the children of an Earl.
      When the present Queen had her first child King George VI had to make a special order to make her children Princes or Princesses

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  17. According to the BBC as Prince William left he daid he was 'very happy and just going to pick up George'...... how exciting! What a wonderful day! A new Princess.... TRH must be absolutely thrilled!!!! Now for that name ....

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  18. So excited for the family! Woke up 5am California time and heard the news. Been following it this morning and saw William bring George to the hospital. George is so cute-he looked really curious at all of the people and the cameras around him. Daddy gave hime a kiss to reassure him before taking him in to meet his little sister.

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  19. Five minutes until we see the little Princess of Cambridge! Such adorable images of Prince William with little George!

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  20. Wonderful Jenny Packham dress. Great choice! High heels within hours of giving birth? She's my hero!

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  21. Kate's hair is a little darker than we have seen recently. I think it looks great and one reason she looked so good today. Much better than at George's reveal.

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  22. Hi! This is my first comment here! First of all, sorry for my terrible english! I am Italian and I started to follow your blog many months ago (probably one year). I love it! It's fresh, accurate, detailed!
    Secondly: how does she do it? Kate goes out of Lindo gorgeously!
    Kisses
    Nicole

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  23. Well after the long wait this all went so fast I feel kind of numb. LOL. I did not get enough of an endorphin rush waiting for all the 'excitement'. Just kidding. Glad all went well and now they are home and they can just relax. Kate looked fabulous as always! George has the wave down ..... William was proud and protective. What a lovely family. Guess I will go back to my real life now and wait for the NAME.

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  24. She's adorable and I love mom and daughter in matching yellow. I think she might be a brunette (though it's difficult to tell).

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    1. Agreed on the brunette. Her hair was peeking out of the little hat. On live TV the hat was white as was the blanket. I think the yellow look on the pic is the angle of the picture. She is a doll...

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    2. So hard to tell at such a young age but she might have Pippa's coloring, and I think I see a widow's peak peeking out :) from under her bonnet. Really a beautiful child. A little upset PG's curls were tamed however!

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    3. She is so young. You can lose all your hair and go from black to blonde in a few months to a year. Plus the features change so much in that first year. But regardless of who she looks like she is a beautiful baby. Great features and color for such a newborn. Kate looked fantastic. But bet she just wanted to get home to her own bed. Hospitals no matter how deluxe are just not where one wants to be ever...Ali

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  25. Then again as I look at pics posted on multiple sites that little hat does look like a creamy buttercup/yellow. How sweet....

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  26. Carmen, The NetherlandsMay 2, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    The little girl is so precious! And Kate looked absolutely stunning and fresh! She continues to amaze me, what an extraordinary woman...

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  27. The little princess already looks quieter than her big brother. He was scowling and fidgeting, but he was a few hours
    older with his debut. She really looks like a post-mature baby.Eyelashes, wrinkle-free face. William is definitely smitten.

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    1. The thought crossed my mind as well. :)

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  28. Hoping she is easier. I have always assumed William was colicky, that is rough on the parent. Hoping the daughter is not colicky and sleeps and eats more easily. She is a good size so she may be going 5/6 hours of sleep within a month. Plus they have a nanny on board to do middle of the night feedings with a bottle if needed. I think Catherine and William have learned and grown from their days with Prince George. They have prepared for another colicky baby, and will be well prepared for an easier newborn or another colicky kiddo. Suspect she will be easy going. :) This is of course all mu wild speculations. :) ali

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  29. I am so much happy for Baby royal princess :)

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