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William and Kate Appear on the Lindo Wing Steps

Monday, April 23, 2018

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

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


50 comments:

  1. Love the blue and red colors for St. George's Day, but I'm a bit disappointed. We didn't really get a look at the baby's face, like we did with George and Charlotte. We probably won't get to speculate who the little fellow looks like until his christening months from now. Too bad!

    Sidenote: why does everyone think they'll name him James? Anyone else agree Kate would give Pippa first dibs on that because it's her husband's name? Plus Viscount Severn already has it.

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    1. Edit: Finally better pics emerging! See a bit of Charles so far.

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    2. And Kate's brother is a James, too.

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  2. She looked beautiful! Loved the nod to Princess Diana with the red dress, just like Harry's birth.

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    1. Since Diana wore red for her last delivery, I'm wondering if this is a subtle signal that their family is complete (since she went with yellow for Charlotte). Hmm.

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    2. Wondered the same thing, @Am. I hope not!:( I'm hoping they have at least one more!

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  3. I don't understand why the commentators are so bewildered that she looks great. She obviously has fairly straightforward deliveries. Along comes her assistant or her maid, and her stylist and whoever. They work their magic and out she emerges looking wonderful. Most of us could look pretty good with a bit of help and effort, a nice designer dress and a hair-do. lol. I'm not downplaying the effort or the fact that she looks incredible - but its not like a miracle or anything.

    I'm going away from the favourites name choices and going with Edmund Charles Michael. Because why not :)

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    1. You are so right! It's all that help that makes the difference! Truly!

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    2. Have you ever actually given birth?...

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    3. Have you ever actually given birth?...
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      How droll.

      Yes 3 times. Three big babies. 9lbs, 9lbs 13oz and 10lbs 4oz. I felt pretty wrecked after the first one - but by # 3 it was fine. I went home when she was 18 hours old. Would I have liked to face the public? - preferably not. But if it was expected of me, and I had a LOT of help, I could have managed.

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    4. Well lucky you then, because help or not, I would've said heck no after both of mine! ;D

      Honestly think it's kind of horrible to make these royal women appear in public so soon, looking immaculate (although I love getting glimpses of the little ones). Let the dads take the babies out while the moms rest!

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    1. I think Philip will be one of his names, along with Charles or. I can't seem to decide on his first name, though. Arthur seems to be a favorite but it's kind of old fashion I think.

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    2. No, Charlotte is a form of Charles (and Carol, nod to both sets of grandparents). Lots of the traditional English names have already been used within the royal family, not sure what they're left with.

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    3. Charlotte is Pippa's middle name and was chosen to honor her.

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    4. Yes, BUT it's also a form of Carol (who, tbh, Kate probably loves even more than her sister and Wills is extremely fond of her as well) AND Charles. So it hits all 3 people. It wasn't just for Pippa, and might've only been about honoring one or both parents. Probably was honestly more about Carol, but seemed like it could be Charles too so he didn't feel left out. Add the very English, upper class ring to it and it was perfect for the little girl.

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  5. Love the red dress! Reminds me a little of Little Orphan Annie’s dress—it’s too cute!

    Most mothers’ will be rolling their eyes at the press gushing over her being up and dressed and on her way! Bet Kate even does. I felt amazing after my third, so much that we had a fourth! But l bet the moment she walks through her door at KP she collapses into bed. Whew!

    Happy for them and the little prince’s safe arrival.

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  6. I think most women who have had a baby are totally shocked that she can do this so soon after labor. It's an insane tradition that only began with the Prince and Princess of Wales and it really should have ended there. We have no idea what kind of labors she has gone through the last thing they are going to so is talk about how it went.

    I think William plays the line between the public expectations and an understanding of the emotional price his children don't have to pay to play to the crowds. I am glad he didn't put George through a more fake happy pose on the steps but respected both Charlotte's enthusiasm to wave and his son's respectful but not overly excited emotions about being in the spotlight before meeting their new brother. The mystery part of being royal vs. not pushing your new movie at awards ceremony public life/ celebrity style is on display here for sure.

    Catherine is pretty bionic for overriding the new mom blast of protective emotions she might be feeling to emerge with her new guy in the middle of what might be a total security nightmare scenario.

    Yea for the new guy!

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  7. What delightful photos of a happy and incredibly fortunate couple and their children. Charlotte looks like she is brimming with confidence and revels in the media spotlight. I predict she will rule thos two brothers with a loving but firm band, lol....

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  8. Love the nod to Diana with the red dress and am smiling: They managed to put on the cap the right way.

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    1. Love this bonnet even more than Charlotte's (and love that it's similar but different). Probably another gift from Nanny Maria? Wonder if she's going to get a new fellow nanny to help cope. If that many kids is the most stressful for parents (according to scientific studies), it must be hard for even professional nannies as well. Wonder if they'll hire someone else soon.

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    2. Did the Nanny,Teresa gift the cap??

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    3. AM, the bonnet looked different because it was worn the wrong way by Charlotte. I am 99% sure it is the same only put on the right way this time. You can see the same knitting pattern looking closely.

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    4. Hmm, it's *very* similar (with the two rows of coin lace) *but* when you look at Charlotte's bonnet compared to her white shawl, her bonnet was definitely cream. The new little prince's bonnet has the same rows of coin lace (and an additional one around the front, although Charlotte's might've had that too) *but* it's definitely the same color as his white blanket.

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    5. Might as well be simply due to the different light and the yellow in C's dress reflecting. Besides Why would she buy a new one?


      Here it looks white in the first and yelowish in the second due to different light:
      https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2016031930409/the-queen-thrilled-princess-charlotte-birth-kate-middleton-interview/

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    6. I still think there's more of a contrast with Charlotte. Maybe a new one as a nod to Charlotte's birth while giving baby #3 their own heirloom to pass on/use for their own children some day. I've done that for my little ones' going home outfits : ).

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    7. Here is the solution(third paragraph): https://fashion.hellomagazine.com/fashion-news/201804258576/royal-baby-bonnet-similar-princess-charlotte/

      The original set has a white and an ivory bonnet

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    8. So mystery solved! Also explains why the cardigan that matches that's been pictured on Charlotte is clearly white instead of ivory.

      You can see from the article that the ivory version Charlotte wore *is* missing the extra row of coin lace around the front. I actually think Louis' version is nicer. But it's cute that it was a nod to his elder sister's outfit!

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  9. I don't know why but when I heard it was a boy I thought "Albert" :)

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    1. And don’t forget that George VI was born Albert...
      Kx

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    2. Albert would be a great name! And it's easier to come up with good nicknames (Art and Arty for Arthur just don't sound appealing to me!).

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    3. Someone just mentioned Alfred elsewhere...wouldn't Prince Alfie be pretty adorable!

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  10. Congratulations to the happy family!
    Kate looked well. The baby looks like a healthy baby.
    Fashion: That collar... Ugh ugh ugh. The simple red sheath would've done.
    I like James and Charles and Michael better than Albert it Arthur, but I'll wait and see what they pick:)

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    1. I think the collar (along with the red dress) was a nod to Diana's Peter Pan collared red dress after she had Harry. It was a tribute. I think it's sweet, fashion be damned : ) .

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  11. Just wanted to comment on the bravery of meeting the public 7-ish hours after delivery: as someone who has given birth 3 times I have to say a few hours after delivery was my best and most energetic moment during my whole pregnancy! I felt invincible, proud, madly in love and just super-happy, redy to conquer the world, beaming of pride and joy. I would have jumped at the opportunity to show of my baby (and myself, I felt soooo skinny. Stupid hormones) The next day, however, I felt like I had been hit by a train, and that feeling lasted for 3 months. With every child....

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    1. I frankly think it is absolutely insane that Kate leaves the hospital so early. Insane. We don't know that kind of aftercare she receives from doctors, etc. at home. But Britian is pushing more towards this kind of drive through delivery and I think they are using Kate to push it. Most women cannot nor should they leave so soon and they will not have the medical team monitoring they progress at home.

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    2. 4:23, Leaving the hospital this early is done regularly here in the US as well. Some insurance companies won't even cover an overnight stay for a baby born in the morning if mother and baby are fine.

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    3. Robin-

      I am in the US and no hospital in my area would ever allow this so I question your response. It is dangerous to send a mom and baby home at s gen hours. Additionally, Kate has medical care at home that regular people would never get.

      I remember her drs coming out at George's birth and saying that midwives shouldn't be tasked with doing the majority of births under their national healthcare system because that's what their gov was pushing. The DM also had an article from a British mom who gave birth in the US and Britain and she couldn't believe all the prenatal care she got here. They even found a problem that would have been missed in Britain.

      Sending them home at 7 hours is nuts.

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  12. Would be so fitting to call him George,considering the day,but that is already taken!
    On a pure fashion note:Kate looked best in yellow Jenny Packham after Charlotte's birth and William's best outfit was after George's birth.This suit that he is wearing does not suit him and the jacket is crinkled from behind.

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    1. Really? I wasn't a fan of the yellow. Looked like a tablecloth to me (sorry, can't help it!). I liked the blue polka dot the best. It maybe wasn't the most fashionable choice, but it just sort of spoke to how young & inexperienced they were (and as all first-time parents are, for the latter). It was endearing, I thought.

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    2. I personally hated the polka dots,though the blue was ok.IMO polka dots don’t belong on a grown woman.

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    3. Candice, you should take a look to the flamenco dresses.

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  13. Congratulations to William and Kate. They all look wonderful.

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  14. I also don't get the Diana comparison. Both dresses were red..end of comparison. Different styles, sleeves, necklines etc etc.

    I feel irritated with some of the nonsense I have read today. Must get off the internet, lol.

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    1. Oh come on - polka dots for George when Diana wore them for William's introduction, and a red dress and a Peter Pan collar when Diana's dress had both features for Harry's birth. Kate's obviously not going to wear the *same* 80's dresses (such a horrible period for fashion!) but why wouldn't she nod to a very important woman in her husband's life who's not around to meet her grandchildren? It's not nonsense.

      If honoring Diana (as they've done on numerous other occasions) bothers you, maybe you should GOTI lol.

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    2. The way she ‘honors’ Diana by wearing red is not really honoring her and actually does not make sense.

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  15. I hope the baby's name is Michael after Catherine's father. Michael Philip Charles - sounds good! That baby looks like an old soul. A perfect fit with his older brother and sister. And how adorable is Charlotte with all that waving? What a doll. And shy little George is just too sweet for words.

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  16. I think Kate looked beautiful. The dress (nod to Diana or not) was charming and in keeping with Kate's style.

    I'm still hoping the baby is not named Arthur. I agree that, now that Pippa is married to a James, W&K may leave that name alone. I'm hoping for Alexander or maybe Albert. HM's father was nicknamed "Bertie" and it's what his family called him. When Harry was born and they named him Henry I thought "Oh, yuck!" Now Harry seems to be the only name suited for him. I would love to see William's name included in this little one's name and a nod to Michael Middleton. Not my decision, however.

    I think judging when Kate decides to leave the hospital is ridiculous. If she or the baby weren't perfectly healthy they would have stayed longer. It's certainly not our decision to make or criticize how long Kate decides to stay. Someone above said the appearance on the steps started and should have ended with C&D. It started with them because Diana is the first one to give birth to an heir to the throne in a hospital. Before that they were always born at home and never seen in public for months. Imagine how many insane rumors would be started in these days of crazy internet people if they didn't do this.

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