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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 joyful...as 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. 

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  1. Initially, I thought you were crazy to think Kate was induced. But you make a good argument and now I concede that it is possible.

    She did look as lovely as ever; the kids were adorable and William looked happy.

    Seeing her holding the baby made me wish I could have another! Good thing I'm long past that being possible.

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    1. Your time will come again, bristowmom! We've got a new grandson due on May 11 (scheduled induction by coincidence) and I can't wait to snuggle him! Grandparenting is the best because you snuggle and coo all day and sleep all night!!

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  2. Great post!

    I too immediately thought she was induced for many reasons....namely a wedding...Charlotte's birthday...while Kate bounces back quickly with each pregnancy I think she is tired. This is #3 with two toddlers. She worked much longer this tme. I think she wanted it planned out so that all the rest will be less hectic. She was late with her first two. Being two weeks or even one week could really make the upcoming events a struggle. Even with the birth today May 19th is a blink away. Anyway there is nothing wrong with being induced and our new little Prince was 8.7... imagine two more weeks.

    Lovely day
    To me while Willam and Kate always look happy with each new baby today they seemed especially delighted, very smiley, almost in awe..maybe it is sleep deprivation. I wonder if this is the last baby and so...it has a bit more emotion. Not explaining well. Anyone else see this?

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    1. Hi Diane! They did seem delighted and I think they spent more time chatting together on the steps this time - or I'm just not remembering which is not out of the question! Knowing that Kate arrived at the hospital earlier than we originally thought seems as though she certainly could have been induced. I think all of your reasoning is spot on. When there is an induction the doctor will tell you the earliest date allowable so I'm guessing, if this is the case, this is as early as they could go and still fit everything in. Also, given the size of this baby I think they didn't want her to go over due at all.

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    2. Hi! Very, very, very interesting argument!
      It seems it was all planned, but at the each person to what they want.
      As long as the baby is healthy, and so is mom, we are good!

      Thanks for such deep analysis Jane (and others), great points of view! :D

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    3. Well, Jane, I am convinced with all in your stated case of analysis. Jane you are going to make an excellent lawyer. Timing is and was everything. And to think Emily Andrews had the exact date. Hmmm.

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  3. My third child was born on her due date. It can happen naturally. :)
    Kate looks lovely , and the whole family is beautiful.

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  4. The only problem with your theory is that induction in no way guarantees a speedy delivery. Induction also makes labor much more painful, and since she was up and walking shortly after giving birth, I doubt she had an epidural. I don’t know many women who would willingly increase the pain of a natural birth just to get a specific birthday for their child. I’ve heard of it for scheduled c-sections, but I think it’s official she didn’t go that route. I’m not saying your theory is impossible, just that (speaking as someone who’s felt a contraction after medical induction) I don’t think it’s likely.

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    1. Upon rereading, I’m afraid my tone comes off more dismissive than I meant it to. To clarify, I just wanted to offer a perspective on the induction theory as someone who has had labor induced herself. All are free to form their own opinions, since we’ll never know for sure! :)

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    2. I was induced twice...there was no difference bwt those two and my other childs birth in regards to pain or time.

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    3. Well Diane, you must have been lucky. I certainly felt the difference.

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    4. I agree that she was probably not induced. Induction is kind of a last-resort thing, usually done at least a few days after the due date. And it is not easy on the mother. For Kate's sake, I hope she was not induced!

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    5. I also felt a HUGE difference between my two. Induction was simply horrible!

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    6. Pain and timing usually depends on how the induction is handled...the rate and concentration of the drip, as well as individual responses to the medication. I assume Pitocin or some similar drug, is still used. The strength of the contractions and therefore pain potential depends on the amount of drug received and how quickly--it should be titrated to slowly increase the strength of contractions and according to the individual's response.. (women vary both in level of pain tolerance and their response to the drug)

      Unfortunately, some inductions are handled more skillfully than others. I know a patient who was mistakenly given a sublingual (under the tongue) dose orally with water--the first and proper route goes directly into the bloodstream and the second goes through the stomach. The effectiveness is reduced by gastric secretions. Another patient was started on a Pitocin drip and was not responding, so the dosage kept being increased. At some point it was noted (by the patient) that there was a puddle of Pitocin drip on the floor. The bag had been punctured when it was spiked and the patient had received little, if any, medication. When a new bag was hung the drip was resumed at the high rate that had been established instead of restarting the titration process, which caused agonizingly hard contractions which nearly resulted in an emergency C-section because it was compromising the baby's well-being.
      A low spinal block could have be administered to Kate early , on admission- reportedly "well before sunrise." That would have allowed approximately twelve hours between spinal and discharge. By the time Kate was discharged the effects could have dissipated.
      There is room for a wide variance in induction experience with all the variables involved. Additionally, sometimes the process involves breaking the membranes, which can be quite painful, depending...
      As far as induction always being a last minute decision--no it isn't. Inductions are usually scheduled, in order to work with staffing needs and physician patient load. A patient undergoing induction requires nearly one on one observation. Some are scheduled weeks ahead. This may account for a possible source of a leak of a planned induction date/birth-due date. I am not aware of any psychic royal reporters, either, Jane.anon1

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  5. Totally agree that she was induced. And why wouldn't she, if she was ready to deliver, anyway (and 8 and a half pounds says that apple was ready to fall off the tree, regardless!) That would explain why no one was ever worried about her delivering during the CHOGM activities last week or about delivering too close to the wedding. I think she has had to be induced with the others and this date worked out perfectly with planning. And it really did! I hope they are home in comfortable clothes showing off the baby to family now!

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  6. I think the red dress was a Diana rememberance. Just like the blue dots with George. Diana's first two sons.

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    1. I agree. I do not believe it had anything to do with st. Georges day, which was a nice coincidence though.

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    2. Yes for sure, Diana 20 year anniversary, literally the same colour red and the white peter pan collar. What a lovely touch and nod to Diana xxx (and of course St Georges Day!)

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    3. I also think it was more of a nod to Diana. Anyone else wonder if it was odd, though, to chose to give the nod to what Diana wore when she had Harry -should this have been an outfit left for Meghan? NOT trying to be negative in a comparison, just a thought.

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    4. I think it made some sense to nod to Diana with Williams first child because there is a direct lineal connection. The 2 women share William and a particular royal role, but I think it would be weird for Kate to be acting like Diana in connection with Diana’s son that she is not married to. Leave that legacy for Harry and his wife to sort out.

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  7. What a beautiful family. They seem to be the picture of familial bliss and I bet they truly are, even at home and in private. They make three seem like a great number of little ones, though I'm sure having a nanny and money makes that eminently more doable!

    I may be the only one who isn't a fan of the dress (I prefer the other two by far), but who cares about the dress, really!

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    1. I think the colour and style of the Dress was largely a nod to Diana (and St Georges Day). The other 2 births Kate wore much softer pastel shades......love how she sticks to tradition and links these special things.

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    2. If she was trying to dress like Diana why didn’t she wear red for the 2nd baby? The yellow dress she wore with Charlotte had no links to Diana. Or does she only dress like Diana when she gives birth to sons? That would seem totally out of character for Kate. There are only so many colors - blue and yellow already worn, black/brown not appropriate, maybe pink if it was a girl but it’s a boy, she almost never wears orange... which leaves red, green & purple. Maybe she had options ready in each color and opted for red when the little prince came on St. George’s Day.

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    3. I think the red tribute was to put finality to the whole thing. To me it symbolize that this is her last child, as was Harry to Diana.

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    4. Why does she need to symbolize that this is her last child?

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    5. If Kate really has decided that her life is going to be only re-run of Diana's choices then the BRF is in trouble.

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    6. The history of the BRF is filled with royals following the precedents of their forbearers.
      The rationale for Kate's wearing red has gone from supposition here and there that it was to honor Diana/St. George/final baby, to spreading the idea around internet forums to now, apparently, being accepted as fact by some with judgement calls of Kate's supposed reasoning being made.
      I realise this represents a typical day in the life of the internet but it is really unfair and sometimes harmful to make these leaps from a color choice to one's motivation and then ability to carry on one's job.
      There is a slow movement for internet law and protocol to catch up to needs for control of some of its wilder aspects. William is certainly a leader with his campaign against internet bullying.
      I think guessing of possible reasons for the red are ok and all in good fun, given a tasteful approach and acknowledgement that it is indeed a guess. I think W&C might even get a chuckle over some of them. What is destructive is going from there to character judgement.
      Laws can only do so much. The internet must ultimately rely on the individual's sense of what is fair and what is fantasy. This stuff spreads like wildfire and can be just as destructive.anon1

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  8. Both George and Charlotte were born on a full moon - which this month will fall on April 28. Her whole pregnancy ran parallel to Charlotte's, this time being one week earlier on all milestones.
    Enough speculating - what counts is that Kate and baby are well and healthy. Heartfelt congratulations to the whole family.

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  9. Yes TMM. My thoughts also ~~~ induction does not equal certain due date! In fact many become failed inductions from failure to progress in labour or distress of baby (both which happened to me) and end up in an emergency c section (which she obviously didn’t have). I do think it’s great however that baby was not born 2 days later on ANZAC Day 25 April as imagine every birthday you Mum or dad having to go to a Dawn Service when you are a child?! I also am nervous for Kate with 3 weeks to frock up for a MASSIVE FAMILY WEDDING aka Harry! Oh well — we know she can pull it off but it’s never fun as the mumma of a newborn!!
    Great baby news …… I posted them a card from Australia on 23 April saying “rest up” ♥️♥️♥️♥️ This has made my day today so happy,
    Theresa
    Australia

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  10. I agree with your well-written position on Catherine's induced labour, Jane. Labour that comes on naturally vs. artificially is much less painful and easier to manage mentally and physically(I know, I have done it both ways!) however, everything that happened today did seem neatly timed in retrospect. And baby boy Cambridge does look like an overdue baby to me (as did Charlotte). He has that mature, almost 'dry' baby complexion which makes me think he was in utero longer than 40 weeks.

    A super exciting day with lots of great coverage on your blog, Jane. And the whole world became smitten with Princess Charlotte today. What a cutie! It's nice to see a dynamic little girl in the family who will fit nicely between her two brothers.

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    1. You make a good point about his appearance. Darling little one, of course, but definitely a bit wrinkly and dry as some babies are when they go past 40 weeks. His birth weight was higher than his siblings (and we know they were late) which tells me Kate was probably 40 weeks prior to Apr 23.

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    2. Hi! The difference in birth weight (which is minor), is most likely due to the fact that it is a different baby, since every baby is unique. To speculate about due dates based on weight is a very far stretch.

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  11. Interesting theory but I don't think she was induced :) Emily Andrews reported her "due date" as April 23rd but did not predict it was the day she was actually going to deliver. I think Kate might have been due a bit earlier in the week and given she goes a bit late with her deliveries, the source was leaking a St George's day due date to give Kate time to go over her due date. Remember when the photographers were lined up at the Lindo Wing for the entire month of July and George was born July 22? I think they are keen to avoid that so the source gave a "later" due date on purpose. I also do not think Harry would have chosen May 19th as wedding date if Kate's due date truly was Apr 23. She goes late with delivery and she could have had this little baby in May--that would not have a been a very long time to recover before the wedding.

    I'm thinking her actual due date was April 16-20 and given his birth weight, this guy came just a bit over her due date :) This little prince is bigger than his siblings and we know they were born past their due date so I'm thinking this little guy was too.

    Emily Andrews also reports that Kate favors natural deliveries so I don't think she would want to be induced. Very painful, especially for a natural delivery. As for the red & white dress, I'm betting she had several dresses ready and this one worked perfect for St. George's Day.

    She looked fabulous on the steps! I was a mess 7 hours after birth and there she is on the world stage looking amazing! Hope she is able to hide away at KP till the wedding and recover. :)

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    1. I agree with you L and with Anon 10.22 - I think the new baby was overdue, I don't think that the doctors would have induced on his actual due date, no reason to. My first birth was induced at one week overdue, but ended up in a c-section, as Anon said; also, if the due date really was the 23rd, I agree that Harry and Meghan would surely have chosen a later wedding date.

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    2. I'm with you! I don't think she was induced.

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    3. I think for immigration purposes, Harry and Meghan could not have chosen a later date. I think Jane has a strong arguement for an induction. Kate had to conform to their time frame, not the other way around.

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    4. I agree with all of your points, L. First off, induction takes time, so to say they were planning for a St. George's Day birth given the red dress is just not realistic. I think it was a planned nod to Diana and happened to be a perfect coincidence with St. George's Day. [I would also second, though, that she probably has a couple dresses ready to go. I bet if George had been a girl, she still would have worn a polka dot dress, but in a different color.] Also considering how quickly her labor progressed for Charlotte's birth (arrived at the hospital before 6 am and delivered before 9 am) and that this was her third pregnancy, Kate potentially could have anticipated another quick delivery. I also think this little prince was a bit overdue based on his weight in respect to both Charlotte and George, who were also both overdue, and I think Harry and Meghan would've chosen a later wedding date if Kate's due date had actually been April 23 (or later) given how overdue she was with her first two pregnancies. I think Kate would have avoided an induction for as long as possible, so unless she was actually due a couple of weeks ago, I just don't see it adding up. Why run that risk (even if a safe enough one) if you don't have to? The press release also said she was in the early stages of labor when she arrived at the hospital, but you could argue that's a blanket statement to maintain her privacy.

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  12. What a sweet little family! That close up of the adorable grin on George's face is so precious. Shy but happy.

    I agree Jane, that having completely different looks for each birth makes it very easy to distinguish between each one in the history books. I have to admit, however, when you said that I thought "Yes, the dresses and William's hairline!" LOL

    I do think the time on the steps today was cut short because of the wind. I'm sure they didn't want to keep a brand new baby out in those windy conditions for too long. Now they're home and cozy and we only have to wait three more weeks to see them all at the wedding!

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  13. My second was induced and the easiest of my three labors. My baby was also born on a Monday after having waited fully to see if it would begin naturally. I think our own experiences don't prove, disprove your theory - but I do side with your conclusions!

    Kate is a champion and has such beauty and strength. A motivated woman can keep her eye on the prize! I think you are spot on that they were focused to check off the public aspect of this birth and get home to private settling in.

    I wish them all the best during this hazy, dreamy, blissed out season!

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  14. I don’t think the baby will be in public at the wedding?

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  15. I don't think she was induced either. I was induced for my second and they told me it could take well over 24 hours to get things going (it didn't, but this sort of dispels the "it'll make it quick" argument).

    Based on his size, he was probably over his due date. The baby can put on about a pound a week once you get to 40 weeks. Subsequent babies are 5 oz bigger than previous siblings, if not more. Charlotte was way over her due date, and Little Prince #2 was bigger than her, so this adds to that theory.

    He looks a bit red in the face, like maybe labor stalled a bit at some point and he got abrasions from it. This would explain the "longer than Charlotte" time. Maybe they had to use forceps or a vacuum.

    But also, she might've been admitted earlier because they feared some sort of issue - cord prolapse, extra amniotic fluid, etc etc etc. They might've just wanted to monitor her *before* labor became more advanced. I believe they said she couldn't have a home birth with Charlotte because there was concern over some issue - maybe it happened again here, or more severely. Who knows.

    The red and white happily worked out for St. George's Day, but I think it was mostly a tribute to what Diana wore with Harry. Maybe a signal this is their last baby?

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    1. I really hope the red and white is for St. George and not Diana. I find the theory that Kate mimics Diana moments beyond creepy.

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    2. Me too Faith. The polka dots when George was born...well, ok. A little odd to me but if it had ended there, ok, maybe I could see it as sweet. But dressing like Diana did when Harry was born? Of course Will misses his mother and always will. But his wife dressing like Diana is creepy to me too. Hopefully the red & white was for St. George.

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    3. Completely agree, Lizzie. The polka dots were ok for me as well but the red dress, if not for St. George, is carrying things a step too far imo. Just very bizarre- and this is from a huge Diana fan.

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    4. I think it was for St. George and/or the Union Jack because the red/white contrast of the collar and the baby’s blanket made both colors prominent (where Diana’s dress was primarily red) and William was wearing blue (as were George and Charlotte) - and we know after the Poland/Germany trip that Kate has opted for “flag dressing” when the entire family will be photographed. I also think the flag nod makes more sense because she was wearing the Queens earrings. The first dress was a sweet nod to Williams mother as the next generation (and next heir) was born - an effective way to blend the formal and personal aspects of the moment. With this 3rd son and with everything else happening in the Firm (Philip retiring, the Queen passing the Commonwealth to Charles) William and Kate are consolidating their own power and serving as a reminder that the BRF has lots of heirs to keep it strong and going. Especially on St George’s day I think an effort to invoke the flag makes way more sense than just mimicking Diana. Sorry if that’s a bit rambling, hope it made sense.

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  16. My second was induced and the easiest of my three labors. My baby was also born on a Monday after having waited fully to see if it would begin naturally (I was overdue). I think our own experiences don't prove, disprove your theory - but I do side with your conclusions!

    Kate is a champion and has such beauty and strength. A motivated woman can keep her eye on the prize! I think you are spot on that they were focused to check off the public aspect of this birth and get home to private settling in.

    I wish them all the best during this hazy, dreamy, blissed out season!

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  17. I dont think she was induced for the following reasons
    - you have to be in hospital to be induced. You & the baby have to be monitered.
    -induction takes a while. In a lot of cases, the first attempt fails & you have to repeat the induction. So on average abiut 6-12 hours before labour starts.
    -she was in hospital for about 6hrs before she gave birth, which means she was admitted already in advanced labour.
    For me, its unlikely she was induce and I say this as someone who works in the medical field & has induced a lot of women

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  18. Also, as someone else mentioned. Induction does not mean you will give birth on a specific day. It takes about 24hours if everything goes well and you must be in hospital all that time for monitering.
    As its induction, mom & baby need continued monitering in case of complications. What most people dont know is that induction has a higher risk of needing a ceasarean section. If the baby becomes distressed/if the induction fails then an emergency caesarean section must happen.
    She was in hospital 6 hrs before baby, unlikely she was induced.

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  19. George looks so much like Kate here! This baby looks like more similar to Charlotte as a newborn then George.So I will predict that he will look more like William.
    I hope they have a fourth,maybe a sister for Charlotte.She’s currently outnumbered��but I think a fourth or maybe twins will come after 2 years!

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    1. Don't know if Kate would want to go through HG again for the 4th time, what a strong women- they all look very happy & content. Kate is one of three and she very much sticks to family tradition...........she will have more than her hands full with royal commitments a baby & 2 children. We can enjoy Pippa's baby in October & Harry + Meghan's Wedding- so many exciting events to look forward too!!!!! (can't wait to see George page boy & Charlotte flower girl :)

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    2. I am looking forward to the birth of Pippa's baby! How fun to have a cousin the same age to play with and the Middleton's must be ecstatic!

      Aside from "the" wedding and Pippa's baby there is also Eugenie's wedding and Zara's baby. There will be a lot of celebrating in the family this year!

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  20. I hope it's ok to say very warm heartedly it's weird to speculate on how her labor started and a little invasive.
    I agree with the induction naysayers for a few reasons. Induced births are not more predictable or less painful. Induced birth according to some of the maternal health data collected by the British health services show induced births cause far more discomfort and includes way more further unplanned interventions for many women. Sometime complicating recovery.

    The Cambridges seem the last people to spill all over how her last two labors went--palace bromides will say all went well unless they need to explain something obvious. But...if they hoped to follow possibly deliveries that progressed well from before inducing would not be the way.
    Labor is never some kind of timeline organized plan you can start and finish on a schedule. No birth is like that. It's nice to think how a birth progresses or the plan for how you will look on the way out of the hospital is an act of your own will but having a baby has a funny way of not being what we expect a lot of the time! Considering it's the third time around for the Cambridges I wonder if that understanding is part of why they look so relieved to get home!






    She looks amazing and they must be glad to be home.

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  21. Thank you so much for your insights, I've really enjoyed reading them. My take on the whole "was Kate induced" is that she wasn't induced. This is really just based on my own four experiences of being induced where I was given an IV canula in my hand to take the Syntocin drip. This canula remand in place for 24 hours post birth, which was the hospital protoccol. From the photos it does not appear she even has a plaster on her hands ? She could have had her waters broken to induce birth but this would not have been too successful on it's own unless she was really ready to give birth (i.e. dilated). Of course I may be totally wrong but wanted to add my two pennies worth :)

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  22. One of the things they stress when you have an induction is that it can take a very long time and actually slow labor. I know I was scheduled for an induction on a Friday at 6am and didn't have my son until 11pm on Saturday and my doctor was surprised by how fast the actual labor went. All this to say I think this might be one of those cases where in retrospect something seems obvious because you can pick the facts that fit, rather then it necessarily being proof of anything. And I absolutely wouldnt call a fast labor a sign! I always appreciate your musings though

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  23. Sonja from BavariaApril 24, 2018 at 1:11 AM

    I think they will call him Arthur, but I would love the baby's first name to be philip (though it would probably be confusing to have 2 prince philips at the same time).

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  24. I think she may have had a " gentle induction" with a prostaglandin pessary inserted 24 hrs beforehand to gently stimulate labour, then when she was actively labouring , went into hospital early , had her waters broken and proceeded on to established labour and safe delivery of a beautiful baby boy.

    She is now home, away from all the hysteria and hype and I hope gets the peace and quiet to bond with her new little son and get some well deserved rest before having to attend the wedding of the year, where as many eyes will be on her as the bride. She normally " dresses down" for any occasion that may steal the bride's thunder and I am sure the wedding will be no exception. What I do find annoying is that the midwives who care for her didn't get a single mention, it was all the medical staff, who probably weren't even present in the room when the baby was delivered ! Its well documented that The duchess prefers to be in the care of trusted midwives during her labours . Oh well, main thing is a healthy mum and baby now at home with their wee family .

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  25. Jane, when I saw the red and white dress, I also wondered if Kate was induced and I completely buy into your theory! Of course, there's a lot that could have not gone to plan -- the baby could have come early, she could have had a very long labour (although that's unlikely with the third birth) etc etc, but all of that could also have been true if she'd left timing to take it's course. I suspect that she wanted two things: first, to have this baby as early as she could prior to Harry and Meghan's wedding; and to have the baby earlier on in the day for all the reasons you've outlined, so she could leave all the hoopla of the hospital behind her. What I find most interesting is that with Charlotte, I do suspect she spent most of her labour at home and then went into hospital just for the final two and a half hours, whereas in this case, she went in very early on in her labour - which, again, could well suggest that she was induced.

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    1. She probably had a couple of dress options to wear depending on the D.O.B.........

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    2. Also, William said something like "We didn't keep you guys waiting long." He may have been referring to the time to pick up the children from KP or time before reappearing with baby, or the entire process. I think the whole day was engineered, as Jane suggests.The media could file their stories and be home before supper. The situation with the media waiting for George was a nightmare and not one that the Cambridges (or the photographers and reporters) will soon forget.anon1

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  26. I don’t think she was induced and I think she was probably well into labour when she transferred to the hospital. I had my waters broken when I delivered my son 2 years ago & he was 10lb 8oz - it wasn’t a quick in and our job at all, and recovery after an epidural is hard work and I could barely walk when I left hospital the next day let alone 7 hours after. I think Kate is just lucky with her Labours going well and has good care with the timing of transitioning to the hospital.

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  27. I'm going to jump on the "not induced" bandwagon as well. I think for once they just got the due date right. Given their very early morning arrival at the hospital I think it's more likely she woke during the night in labor, packed up and went to the hospital. I just don't see this couple doing something so un-natural as inducing labor.

    We'll never really know.

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  28. Surely she is entitled to keep the details of the birth private. Catherine does wonderfully well to stand on the steps with her new baby. OK she has help to look so beautiful, but so soon after the birth of a child, I could hardly stand up and would have wished the hairdresser miles away.
    So busy watching Charlotte steal the show , didn't notice until I saw a still photo, George did wave, but after he had turned into the hospital , with his back to the cameras.
    Incidentally, I don't think the wedding could have been any later. A Fiancee's visa is only for 6 months and Meghan has already had to return to the US to arrange another post-wedding visa, so it is obvious she is not getting anything different from any other foreign bride.
    They all look so happy and I love the way William is so protective.
    Look forward to hearing the name of the little prince.

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    1. Looking forward to the name as well. If it goes like George and Charlotte, he will be named Arthur, the top name among the betting houses. If they go the Georgian/ Hanoverian route, Frederick seems the most likely. I wouldn't be surprised if Philip and Michael make it in there as well.

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    2. Frederick is taken already by Freddie Windsor (known for his previous drug habit and unpopular mother, ouch). And Michael is taken by Prince Michael of Kent (Freddie's father). I'm kind of hoping now for something out of left field, like Francis (believe it's a middle name in Kate's family, and it's the male form of one of Diana's) or Joseph.

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    3. I'm not sure that would stop them if they like the name, Am. The current Earl St. Andrews is George and his daughter is Marina Charlotte. I can see Frederick being used before Michael though because Freddie Windsor is Lord not Prince.

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    4. Possibly, BUT the Earl of St. Andrews doesn't carry out official duties for HM like Prince Michael and the Duke of Kent do (so they don't interact with him much, if at all). AND Prince Michael and his wife are neighbors of the Cambridges at Kensington Palace.

      I believe they might also spend time with Frederick because his daughter Maud is the same age as George and attends the same school.

      So, based on their proximity to and interactions with these people, I don't see them using Michael or Frederick as a first name.

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    5. Yes, that is true, Am. Unfortunately, the riyal name pool for little princes is rather limited.

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  29. I'm sorry probably I am alone with this, but what business do we have with if she was induced or not, why the need to discuss such a delicate thing, I find it extremely insensitive. You say what not to discuss here, but the next time you happily publish pap photos and now this. I am puzzles really.

    The kids were lovely, Charlotte really rules the kingdom, and it is very interesting to see George becoming that shy. I wonder about his future.

    Kate looked lovely indeed, I wish she would become her own person, and leave these nods behind. The tribute to Diana through that red dress has nothing to with William, it was with Harry. It is as if she has not found her own path and agenda to follow. I hope she will one day.

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    1. I agree that childbirth should remain a very personal, private event for most people. I personally think the post-birth appearances of royal mothers are ridiculous and almost tribal. I agree with those who suggest that the father could appear with baby alone, leaving Mum to make a private departure, or at least a later appearance.However, throughout history, the birth of a royal baby/ BRF heir has been a very public occasion surrounded by a great deal of ceremony and tradition. (the Town Crier and display at BP, for example.)
      Speculation about due dates and the circumstances surrounding a particular date is part of the process. I don't know if I would have initiated the induction discussion in a comment, but I do think that in the context of responding to Jane's post the subject is a valid one. I certainly don't feel commenters should be shamed for joining in the discussion. Actually, I would object more to the attributing of motives for wearing a certain color of outfit on the hospital steps at least as speculative and inappropriate, if it leads to forming conclusions and judgements about character without first establishing the veracity of the premise...that she chose red to honor Harry/ St George . Maybe she likes the color. Maybe Jenny had some extra red material that she let Kate have on discount. Some people think red signified her last child- as in red=stop? I suppose her wearing yellow with Charlotte meant "proceed with caution." ;)

      ( She needs to find her own path and become her own person? I find that judgement a bit presumptive and possibly rude, considering we have no idea why she chose to wear a red dress.)

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    2. I think the red had to do with flags but it did leave the door open for people to make the connection to Diana if they wanted to.

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  30. Regardless of how it happened, Kate certainly had my highest esteem and admiration for delivering at 11:01 PM and being on the way home before sunset! And looking lovely, smiling, and gracious! Bless them all! They are a gorgeous family! May they enjoy each other with love, good health, and many adventures!

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  31. I believe all of us who have given birth naturaly and being induced know there is a difference and agree that it is highly unlikely she was induced. She would not have been able to leave the hospital so soon and walk the stairs.

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  32. What a wonderful day! I thought Kate looked fabulous in the red JP and loved watching the tender affection between she and William in front of the Lindo Wing. He was so protective of her and the baby. <3
    George reminded me of his dad at the same age, very cute but shy of all the press attention. Charlotte stole the show and looked so sweet in her blue dress! A beautiful little family!
    Looking forward to hearing the name, hoping they don’t choose Arthur or Albert....LOL! I do think we will see Philip in there somewhere, I would love Christian Phillip Michael. Maybe Frederick?

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    1. I love the name Christian but since there is already a Prince Christian, they may not even consider it, unfortunately.

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    2. Richard? I am one who feels Richard III was a victim of political spin doctors and should have things set right in the royal family- other than Sophie Wessex's attending his belated funeral. What could honor him more than naming a new royal in his honor? I realise he was from a York, not a Lancaster heritage, but fair's fair...

      They could call him "Little Ricky." Ha!
      Sorry. Couldn't resist that "I Love Lucy" reference.anon1

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    3. PS Yes, there is currently a Prince Richard (of Gloucester). I think by the time this little one starts appearing at RF events other than his christening, there will be only one Prince Richard.anon1
      Phillip Michael Richard?

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    4. I agree with you, 3:08, that Richard III was a victim of - sorry to say - the Tudors. In the past many decades there has been so much discovered to disprove the story that he killed his nephews and to prove he was the legitimate heir to the throne. It's time to acknowledge him in some way. York or Lancaster - they're all originally Plantagenets. That aside, there are two other Richards to acknowledge as well. Besides, we're descended from Eleanor of Aquitaine so, on a personal note, I'd love to see Richard included in this little guy's name! :-)

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    5. Sorry to bring this up but I think the tabloids would have a field day with the various nicknames associated with Richard. So far, they have escaped unsavory nicknames with George and Charlotte, and, probably, it would be smart to consider that for this baby as well.

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    6. Hey, Robin! It's me-anon1 (3:08) Yes, the other King Richards. The Richard of the Crusades. They might not want to resurrect that memory. Maybe a middle name?
      Maybe we're cousins. ;+) Lionel of Antwerp.

      Faith-Dickon? Ha! RIIIs nickname. Actually, I have not seen Prince Richard's name bandied about in unsavory forms in the press. I can't see royal reporters doing that. No one has called Harry "Hairy" that I know of. William...certainly plenty of room for eighth grade humor there, in British slang. I imagine he put up with a bit of razzing at Eton. Maybe the tabloids would, but they will find a way to make snide references no matter what the name. I do think the Crusades aspect would preclude Richard's being used as a first name, however.anon1

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    7. Hi, anon1! You're right that Richard I (The Lionheart) might have a bit of a tainted rep but there is still a big statue of him astride his loyal steed on the grounds of the Palaces of Westminster. Richard II also had his demons but, let's face it, they were all pretty brutal back then. It was a violent time in history.

      Faith, there are definitely some nick names they could attach to Richard but, so far, nothing seems to have stuck to any of the royals. Except when the media branded Charles the Prince of Wails at one point. After that he stopped his "poor me" routine - thank goodness.

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    8. Robin, as I recall from English history, Richard was considered a good king at the time. His brother John, who took over the kingdom in his absence, is another story. It is Richard's association with the Crusades from the Muslim standpoint that might be a political football now. (remember the brouhaha over an American president calling an action "a Crusade, really.") I believe he was considered a hero at home but for long years he was absent from England and bad things happened. We have the advantage of hindsight: at the time, the campaign was justified as taking back the Holy land. anon1

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    9. Something like that, anon 1😄

      Well, back in the day there was "Randy Andy" as well as quite a few "Willie" references, so not sure the royals have been immune to unfortunate name connotations.

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    10. Kinda my point, Faith. Naughty name-calling potential did not stop Charles and Diana from naming their firstborn son William. I doubt the Cambridges would be intimidated by "Richard" permutations either. Or maybe Eton memories of teasing would cause William to vow to avoid encouraging the same for his son. We'll soon know. I actually think the chances for the baby to be named Richard are slim to none. It was just my 'druther.

      I believe the Randy Andy references stayed mostly in the tabloids so consider the source. (responding to your original6:36 comment). anon1
      I think Lottie is a cute nickname for Charlotte. What can one do with George? Georgie Porgy? Reminds me of the Queen's Master of the Horse, the Earl of Carnarvon, originally the Something of Porchester, I believe. Maybe that was "Porchy."

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    11. No, it didn't stop Charles and Diana, anon 1 but I think William and Kate are more savvy in that respect. We shall see.

      Absolutely true that had Andy not been randy, that headline would never have happened.

      My teenage son just informed me that Prince Albert means something entirely different in the piercing world, so they can't win in some ways. Tricky business.

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  33. My take on this is IF they induced the birth for the reasons that are basically all about the timing (wedding, st. Georges day, going home in the afternoon), they would be very bad parents. An average induction is more unpredictable and more stressful for the baby. I dont believe anyone with scientific background would argue against that. If there are no good (medical) reason, better let birth start naturally. Timing is simply not a reasonable argument for a this procedure that involves the health of a baby, application of drugs, etc. Everyones choice of course, but I dont see Kate and William doing that.
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    1. I agree that the idea of Kate deciding induce solely to suit a schedule makes me itchy. The only "sure thing" in medical labor interventions is a scheduled C-section (and I only say that in terms of having a baby on the day you're admitted--not minimizing the risks of C-sections in the slightest), which it's clear she didn't have. Any other intervention or induction comes with a lot of uncertainty, and a quicker labor is far from guaranteed. There are some things even "The Firm" can't micromanage, and giving birth is one of them! I really think she is just blessed with easy labors--nature's way of making up for her early pregnancy struggles, perhaps? ;)

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    2. I agree, she probably has relatively "easy" labours. Lucky her;) although this birth didnt seem to be very fast, considering that she was in lindo before 6 am, so at least a 5.5 hours labour. No wonder she looked exhausted. Happy exhausted of course!

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    3. Oh for goodness sake! Inductions are scheduled all the time - especially in military communities. They make sure all is healthy for mom and baby and then schedule the date if needed. IF the Cambridges scheduled an induction for this little prince it does NOT make them bad parents. Such a lot of judgey-judgersons hanging around here today. A brand new little life has come into this family with loving parents to dote on him. Just be happy and stop trying to force each other to agree with your opinions.

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    4. Inductions are very frequent, absolutely, no question about that. But frequency does not mean that a natural start of birth is not healthier than an average induction, and that inductions are not coupled with higher risks, even if control measurements are taken. No wonder you would need to be under medical supervision, there is a reason for that, things can go wrong. But of course, there are various situations where induction is the right option, your example is one amongst many. I am not arguing against induction in general, having been in that situation myself.
      Nevertheless, making the baby's birth fit into a social schedule is seriously questionable. Again, I dont think they did.
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    5. I believe the scenario in most inductions is: "If the baby isn't here by (due date plus) we will plan to induce labor on (scheduled date)." Of course, if baby makes an arrival before that date, no need for induction. It isn't a matter of throwing a dart at a calendar. The baby's and mother's health and safety could actually be at risk without induction. The date is only scheduled ahead of time to assure staffing and space for the procedure. I believe some procedures require stand-by surgical arrangements. ( with all these arrangements required it is easy to see how a possible due date could be deduced by an interested third party.)
      A time and a plan convenient to all can be arranged. eg-in early, out early. A reserved slot will be canceled when a baby makes an earlier appearance. Also, there are various forms of induction, as others have pointed out requiring varying procedures.
      I seriously doubt concerns about being fit by Harry's wedding entered into consideration at all- not after seeing that adoring mother not being able to take her eyes off her new son. Can you imagine that woman putting that baby at risk for the sake of vanity or convenience? anon1

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  34. I think I read somewhere that Charlotte does not need a school uniform at her age. She could have been in school as well, just not in uniform.

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    2. She is supposed to start summer term this Thursday.

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    3. I'm pretty sure you're right. There were earlier reports that said she went to nursery school, same as George going off to his pre-school on Monday. From what I've read, no one reported she stayed home but Jane. ;-) Sounds like it was business as usual, which is a reflection to their parenting skills and wanting to keep things "normal" for their children as much as possible.

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    4. I believe the school site said the younger children generally attend the morning "half-days," as many 3 year olds still take an afternoon nap .At any rate, they were likely both back home at KP by 4PM or so with George still in his uniform. anon1

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  35. Definitely not an induction! Being induced is hell and she wouldn't have been allowed to be labouring at home, and be able to deliver the prince, so quickly. It took me 3 days after being admitted to hospital for the induction to actually work. She would have also been much more puffy and weary, which she didn't look at all. Much more monitoring required before and after the birth with induction - she definitely had a natural labour!

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  36. Thank you Jane! The quick photos on Instagram are great, but it's your perspective in a blog post that I look forward to more! Loved your take on each appearance being unique but equal - as a mother of two (possibly three ;) I am always trying to celebrate each of my children without showing favor (because there is no favor, of course, but those kids can sniff out even a hint of imbalance! :)

    I also had a feeling that she might have been induced. It's possible the inducement could have started the night before, at Kensington. That's how mine went... Given the first medication, meant to work overnight, and then a second, stronger medication the next morning, meant to kick things into gear.

    Also, I think she's tired, but happy, but over this Princess Parade thing. She mainly looked like she wanted it over with, and to go home, I don't blame her one bit. The only time she looked truly happy, and we saw real smiles, was when she was looking down at her son. And that's the way it should be.

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    1. Yeah, definitely looked like she didn't really want to be out having her photo taken! Can't blame her. Think her line about worrying about the baby getting cold is how she tells William *she's* done. Vaguely remember her saying the same thing about Charlotte.

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  37. It's amazing how much has changed in the lives of the Cambridges, and in the lives of those of us who follow them, since sweet George was born almost 5 years ago. I remember listening to the live coverage of the 2013 "Great Kate Wait" on the radio while finishing up last-minute preparations for my wedding. Now as I had the pleasure to watch all of the coverage yesterday, I am myself 5 months pregnant and getting ready to welcome my first child in September. All three occasions have been full of excitement and glee as a royal watcher, but now, as a soon-to-be mom, I can't help but feel overcome with a great sense of respect for Kate. I realize that she has tremendous help and resources that will not be available to me or 99% of other mothers, however I still can't imagine going through the physical and emotional trauma of childbirth and then, a mere 7 hours later, having to slip on a pair of hose and heels. I know that she will have the next several months to rest but as a royal watcher, I am thankful for moments like these where she (and William) place duty above their own wishes and perhaps physical needs. I appreciate having the opportunity to once again watch this all unfold with this community, and a special thanks to Jane for her coverage!

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    1. Birth can certainy be a trauma, but for many its not. Being possitive about it and mentally ready for all "options" during birth definetivly helps to escape a traumatic experience. Good luck for you!
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  38. SierrafromMontanaApril 24, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Hi all - how exciting - a new little prince! I do think his size means this little guy was cooked and ready to come out of the oven. I read in an earlier post that someone suspected when Kate delivered Charlotte, she labored primarily at home, and then went to hospital (I agree). I think with baby #3, this could have been the same thing. Or she could have been induced - either way - I'm just happy he's got ten fingers, ten toes and the family seems happy and healthy. :) Now- what will be his name?

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  39. Just as a point of reference, with my third, I went into labor an hour and half after having my membrane boken and he was born two hours after that with zero administration of drugs, so a soft induction with a swift labor/delivery can happen.

    I do agree with the posters saying that it doesn't really matter but I think Jane has a point about this delivery being suspiciously well scheduled and tied up in a very neat bow by sundown. Either Kate is the most efficient and luckiest woman on earth or she had a little bit of help so that things turned out the way they did. In the end, we will never know.

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    1. The timing of this birth, from hospital to steps, actually reminded me of Charlotte’s - she went in early morning and deputed on the steps by afternoon. Could just timing of labor.

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    2. It could be, Courtney. I'm just glad she missed giving birth on Anzac Day which would gave been a bit of a downer. Also, its nice that this baby's birthday is far enough from Charlotte's, so their special days don't meld together.

      I was thinking we might get a name today but then I realized it is Anzac, so maybe not until tomorrow:(

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  40. Jane, so funny- I told my husband this exact scenario yesterday morning! As an old maternal child nurse it just adds up. Plus she has looked much puffier this pregnancy and I imagine if she had not delivered by her due date then induction is offered.
    Bless her for her willingness to put on dress, hose, shoes and makeup. I have seen lots of new Moms right after birth and this is a feat! I never comment on here but want you to know how much I appreciate your commentary and wonderful posts. Julie

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  41. To Anon 5:37am. Most of us are women, most of us have had children, some of us have a background in nursing or midwifery, all of us are interested in a non-indecent way in details of childbirth whether it is our own or someone else's. Mild speculation and discussion hurts nobody. I have read nothing here that posters wouldn't have said if they sitting at a coffee klatch with a bunch of other moms, including Catherine Cambridge.

    Induction is generally only easy if the body is "ready" It can be as simple as breaking the waters, especially in a multiparous, full-term woman. The Duchess had excellent medical care, and delivered her baby safely. So alls well thats ends well. I highly doubt that she was induced to fit in with Harry's wedding. The first concern is always with the health of the mother and the baby, not the mom's social calendar or how she will look in her wedding frock.

    I too wish that Catherine would move away from these "homage gestures" to the late Princess of Wales (if indeed that is what they are) It encourages the maudlin and silly amongst the population. While I have my own opinion of Diana, I always try to remember that she was a much loved mother and she is still missed by her sons. But it is OK for that to be a private thing, for the most part.

    Can't wait for the names - I hope they choose Rupert Christian Michael ;-P

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    1. Actually, I agree with the few other posters who think that speculating about whether or not she was induced crosses a line. It is not something I would chit chat about over coffee regarding a friend's pregnancy, labor, and delivery unless I was given permission to do so. EB

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    2. Rupert! there's a blast from the past.
      A son of Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of JamesI and VI.--it was her descendants on whom the crown was settled when Queen Ann died. Rupert fought as a cavalry officer during the Civil war--as a Royalist of course
      Haven't heard it mentioned before, but that would be great.

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    3. Kate had a boyfriend named Rupert. I'm thinking Rupert may not be the best choice for a name :)

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  42. Yes, he was quite a character. I was in Prince Rupert, British Columbia a few weeks ago. It is on the highway and train line that comes from Prince George, BC. Nice little connection, haha.

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  43. I wonder what color the little guy's hair is?

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  44. I wonder what color the little guy's hair is?

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  45. I'm kinda sad that we may not get to go through this kind of excitement again. All the waiting, maternity style, Lindo wing...

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    1. Well, you have another chance for this with Meghan ;-)

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    2. I think it will be les fuss with Meghan because their kids will not be direct heirs. Maybe exciting but does not have the same kind of historical importance as it would be with will and Kate.

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  46. I guess they won't announce the name before Thursday not to disturbe/overpower the Anzac commemoration

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  47. Thank you for the update, Jane. Kate is definitely over all of this. I don't think there will be more children, and if they are, she'll want to have it in the palace. She's done all this to keep up with tradition, but you can tell William was much more enthusiastic this time then she was. I definitely saw "over this" on her face this time, which kind of brought my spirits down especially after waiting for so long.

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  48. Great article Jane. I thought the red dress was lovely on Kate. If It was to pay honor to Diana, Kate needed to wear flat shoes as Diana wore them quite frequently & they always look splendid on her as she was tall like Kate. Kate looks beautiful when she wears flats.

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  49. I think they will not announce the name until Charles and Camilla were able to visit the little Prince.
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      I think William has been teasing the media and there was already a name, ready and waiting. Pippa was photographed driving away from KP. If she was snapped, I doubt HM would have been over-looked.
      Apparently, Carole is in London, seeing to the school run. That could mean there will be no traveling to Berkshire or Norfolk anytime soon. William seems to have been asked at the last minute to appear at the Abbey ANZAC service with Charles away in France- (I doubt he just woke up that morning and decided to go) He may have a number of chores to do for the Queen in London and the family prefer to stay together. And the little ones are in school, at least half-days.
      Which brings on a peeve of mine--their attending nursery school various days and hours being used by internet commenters as a means to give Kate a rest. "Now that George and Charlotte are in school..." They are hardly at boarding school or even full day schedule, apparently. I imagine that the hub-bub of getting them ready and delivering them and picking them up is almost as much trouble as keeping them home. I can imagine tears and stamping of feet and clingings to Mummy. It is a vulnerable time in a family.
      Nursery school is primarily a means of giving the children an opportunity to interact with other children their age. Margaret and Elizabeth were raised behind palace walls and were photographed gazing longingly-perhaps curiously-at the world outside the fence. I know Lady Gabriella Windsor attends school, but I haven't read about the Wessex children or Anne's grandchildren.anon1


      It looks like I have gone off into a rant. Ha! After the first sentence, it is not a reply to VME's comment, which was a perfectly reasonable conjecture.anon1


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  50. I commented in another post but will repeat here. First Kate looks wonderful and the kids are both so cute. With regard to Charlotte and preschool I do not think they wear uniforms at her preschool and preschool can be 1/2 days and or only a few days a week so she very well could have been at preschool but I suspect if she was she changed into a "nicer" dress to go meet baby brother. Finally, I do not think she was induced, for all the reason others have said and because nothing in their past would indicate they would take that route based on something like a wedding date or for any other non medically required reason.

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  51. Congratulations and welcome little prince!

    Here in the US, when a mom is over the age of 35, they are induced on their due date if they do not spontaneously go into labor because statistically there are negative consequences for mom and baby if you go past 40 weeks.

    In any case, that doesn't mean the baby comes quickly! I was induced at 12 noon (after water broke @ 6:00am) with baby #2 and delivered at 9:00pm!

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