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– Candid Photos > 2013 > Leaving Hospital With Baby Cambridge

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News ♦ July 23, 2013

While the world is watching and waiting with bated breath after Baby Boy Cambridge’s birth, two VIP guests managed to sneak some special one-on-one time with Kate and Will’s tiny bundle of joy on Tuesday, July 23: Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton.

The proud grandparents arrived at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital at approximately 3:04 p.m. London time to visit their daughter and her newborn son. The couple arrived in a black taxi and was escorted into the building; acknowledging photographers briefly before meeting the little prince, both first-time grandparents beamed.

A member of staff was also spotted taking a car seat into the building, possibly in preparation for the royal baby’s departure from the hospital.

“He’s absolutely beautiful,” Carole told the press upon leaving the hospital. “We are so thrilled. They are both doing really well.”

When asked how the first cuddle was with the little prince, Carole smiled excitedly and told reporters that it was, “Amazing. It’s all coming back!”

Neither Carole nor Michael (nor Kate’s younger sister Pippa) were present at the birth of the royal baby, despite initial rumors that the Middleton women would be in the delivery room for the highly anticipated birth.

“Buckingham Palace denied rumors that they were going to be in the delivery room with Kate,” NBC News reported on Monday. “She very much wants just her husband to be there.”

On Tuesday, the first-time parents released a joint statement thanking the hospital for their “tremendous care” in helping to make the delivery a smooth one.

“We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received,” they said in a statement. “We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone — staff, patients, and visitors — for the understanding during this time.”

And on Monday, just hours after Middleton gave birth to a healthy 8 lb., 6 oz. baby boy, proud father Prince William issued a statement that “we could not be happier.”

Source – Us Weekly

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News ♦ July 22, 2013

“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy.

Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”

Source – Prince Of Wales

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News ♦ July 22, 2013

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm.

The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz.

The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.

Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.

Source – DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.Org

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News ♦ July 22, 2013

After many weeks of waiting, the royal baby is on the way. Kensington Palace officials confirmed Monday morning that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, had been admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in London in the early stages of labor.

According to the palace, the Duchess traveled by car to the hospital, accompanied by her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, the grandson of the current British Queen, Elizabeth II.

William and Kate entered St. Mary’s Hospital in central London through a side door early Monday morning, avoiding the world’s media. Palace officials confirmed her arrival about 90 minutes later.

Royal officials said they traveled by car, without a police escort, just before 6 a.m. Kate — also known as the Duchess of Cambridge — is expected to give birth in the private Lindo Wing of the hospital, where Princess Diana also gave birth to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry.

The couple’s spokesman said, “Things are progressing as normal,” while Sky News’ royal correspondent Paul Harrison said the Duchess’ condition had been described as “very well”.

“It seems it was a very orderly arrival,” Harrison reported. “There were two vehicles. A Ranger Rover-type vehicle, and behind it there was an Audi vehicle.

“Prince William had said from the beginning that he wanted to be alongside his wife when she went into labor.”

The child, whose gender is unknown, would be third in line to the throne of Great Britain, behind Charles, Prince of Wales, and William.

Representatives of the world’s press had been gathered for days outside of St. Mary’s Hospital. The Duchess’ exact due date had been a closely guarded secret, but the general sense was that the royal baby’s arrival was overdue by at least one or two days.

Protocol requires that the queen be informed about the birth before the general public is told.

Palace officials have said that the first hint will come when a royal aide emerges from the hospital with a signed bulletin carrying the Buckingham Palace letterhead. The bulletin will be given to an official who will be driven to Buckingham Palace, where it will be posted on an easel in public view in front of the building.

It was the exact way officials announced the birth of Prince Charles in 1948 and Prince William in 1982, though this time around the monarchy has moved with the times and added social media as an easier way to reach more people.

At the same time the bulletin is posted, there will be an official announcement on Twitter and the media will be formally notified. The document will give the baby’s gender, weight and time of birth.

It could be some time before the baby’s name is made public. When William was born, a week passed before his name was announced. Charles’s name remained a mystery for an entire month.

But it is the baby’s gender that is of particular interest because the prospect of Kate’s pregnancy prompted a change to laws of succession to ensure a daughter would not be passed over for the crown by a younger brother. Boy or girl, the child will be the prospective future monarch.

The birth of a new heir to the throne has been breathlessly anticipated by many Britons since William and Kate wed on April 29, 2011.

Despite a rough start to the pregnancy, when she was hospitalized for acute morning sickness, the 31-year-old Kate made a number of public appearances that were halted only near the end of her term.

Since the duchess has cut back on her royal duties, media outlets have been clamoring for position outside of the hospital in anticipation of the birth, jockeying to secure the best vantage point for filming William and Kate emerging, babe in arms.

Source – Fox News

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Reports ♦ July 19, 2013

Times are a-changin’ — albeit slowly — for the royal family. Kate Middleton will likely try to raise her bundle of joy with husband Prince William quite a bit differently than either Queen Elizabeth II or Princess Diana did, former Kensington Palace chef Darren McGrady tells Us Weekly exclusively.

For starters, McGrady tells Us, the first-time mom may initially try her hand at cooking for the baby, something that neither the Queen nor Diana ever did.

“Kate, I understand, can cook, so I think she will do some cooking, but of course once the baby comes along, [she and William will] be expected to start taking on royal engagements again, so any sort of free time they get they’ll want to be spending having quality time with the baby — and not peeling apples and making purees,” McGrady said of the household dynamics. “That will be delegated pretty quickly to the chef.”

McGrady previously worked full-time with Princess Diana for four years in the ’90s, and cooked for Queen Elizabeth II for 11 years. He is currently based in the States.

The baby’s royal treatment will also likely be balanced out with visits with Middleton’s parents Michael and Carole, McGrady says.

“It seems over the years we’re getting a normalization of the royal family,” he said. “We are seeing them become more normal, but as I said, time is going to dictate that they’re not going to be able to go in the kitchen and cook baby food and things. I think things will be a little more lenient when they go across to Kate’s parents, the Middletons, that will be more of a normal side.”

Another way the royal family has evolved to be “more normal” over the years? The amount of hands-on involvement the new parents have with their little son and daughter — and not just regarding meals.

“The Queen would hardly ever see Prince Charles, he’d always be in the nursery,” McGrady explained. “Even now, the royal children are not allowed to sit at the Queen’s table until they can hold their knife and fork properly and know which order to eat and how to conduct themselves properly.”

“But then of course, Princess Diana came along and I remember she would fight for time to spend with William,” he continued. He predicts that the Duchess, 31, will “get much, much more time with the baby, and to a degree she will. They’re evolving and becoming more and more normal as the years go on.”

And, unlike his father, Prince William, also 31, may even be down for diaper duty! “while Prince Charles would have never ever changed a nappy or anything, I can see Prince William doing that.”


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Reports ♦ July 16, 2013

Kate Middleton’s July 11 due date has come and gone, and now the royal family is getting anxious to meet England’s future King or Queen. During a visit to Little Harbour children’s hospice at Porthpean near St Austell, Cornwall on Monday, July 15, Prince William’s dad Prince Charles and stepmom Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall shared an update on the imminent arrival of their grandchild.

“We are all just waiting by the telephone,” Camilla, 65, said in a speech to guests via Daily Mail. “We are hopeful that by the end of the week he or she will be here.”

During the visit, Grandfather-to-be Charles happily greeted well-wisher Trudi Lindsay’s three-week-old daughter Ellie-Mae. “You have got one of these coming soon,” Lindsay said, according to Daily Mail. “Hopefully!” Charles replied.

As she awaits the arrival of her first child with husband Prince William, Middleton, 31, is trying to stay comfortable. A source confirmed to Us Weekly that the mom-to-be left London’s Kensington Palace to go stay at her parent’s house in Bucklebury, Berkshire on July 12 to escape the summer heat.

“It was just too warm in Nott Cott,” the insider told Us of the couple’s Nottingham Cottage residency, which doesn’t have air conditioning. “She decided to spend the weekend with mum and dad. Much more comfortable.”


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News ♦ July 15, 2013

Pregnant in the heat! With scorching summer temperatures in effect, Kate Middleton left London’s Kensington Palace for some R&R at her parent’s house in Bucklebury, Berkshire, on Friday, July 12, a source confirms to Us Weekly.

“It was just too warm in Nott Cott,” the insider tells Us, referring to the couple’s Nottingham Cottage residency, which lacks air conditioning. (On Saturday, July 13, England’s highest 2013 temperature of 89.4 degrees was recorded). “She decided to spend the weekend with mum and dad. Much more comfortable.”

Indeed, her parents’ residence boasts a pool, BBQ patio, and many cool rooms to relax in. While the 31-year-old mom-to-be waits to go into labor (her due date was July 11), the insider tells Us that “protection officers are visible from the street.”

While The Duchess of Cambridge cools off in Bucklebury, Prince William and Prince Harry are competing for the Jerudong Trophy at the Cirencester Polo Club on Sunday, July 14, to raise money for his charities Centrepoint, WellChild, Child Bereavement UK. The doting Duke of Cambridge will play on the same team alongside his brother and is prepared in case his wife needs him immediately.

“William is relaxed,” an aide tells Us, adding that a helicopter is not on standby. “Should Kate go in to labor he will go straight to London with a police escort.”

And if she doesn’t? “He will drive to Bucklebury and stay the night at the Middleton’s house with Kate,” the source explains.


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Gallery Addition ♦ July 14, 2013

I’ve added scans from the most recent Us Weekly cover that features Kate.

– Magazine Scans > 2013 > 07/22/13 – Us Weekly

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News ♦ July 14, 2013

There’s no doubt that Prince William is eager to welcome his first child with wife Kate Middleton. But until the royal baby decides to make an appearance, the Duke of Cambridge still has duties and obligations to fulfill as a member of the royal family. On Saturday, July 13, he and his younger brother, Prince Harry, competed against each other in the Kent & Curwen Royal Polo Cup in Sydmonton, England.

The 31-year-old first-time father-to-be was playing on behalf of the Tusk Trust and Sentebale charities. At halftime, his team led Harry’s two goals to one. By the end of the match, however, the tables had turned. Uncle-to-be Harry and his teammates pulled ahead, beating Prince William four goals to three.

The Duke of Cambridge didn’t stick around long after losing, but only because he wanted to get home to his nine-months-pregnant wife. William has been at Kensington Palace in London since Wednesday, July 10, after a long shift with the Royal Air Force in Anglesey. He is expected to return to work on Monday, July 15 — assuming the Duchess doesn’t give birth before then, of course. (Barring any surprise deliveries, he’ll also compete in a polo match on Sunday, July 14, in aid of WellChild, Centrepoint, and Child Bereavement UK.)

It’s been a busy few days for the royal family. Amid the increasing royal baby mania, Queen Elizabeth II opened up Buckingham Palace this week to host the Coronation Festival. On Thursday, July 11, the Middleton family — Pippa, James, Michael, and Carole — joined the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and others at the Coronation Festival Concert in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.

Aunt-to-be Pippa also had an out-of-town obligation on Saturday, July 13. She flew to Vienna for the day to attend the wedding of Caroline Sieber and Fritz Von Westonholtz.

The Duchess, meanwhile, is nesting at Nottingham Cottage as she awaits her baby’s birth. “Catherine and William are very much looking forward to the arrival of their son or daughter,” a palace aide told Us. “It’s a very exciting time for the couple and their families.”


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News ♦ June 21, 2013

The future king or queen will be born in the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where the Duke of Cambridge, who was also born there, will be with his wife throughout the delivery.

St James’s Palace has also moved to end speculation over the gender of the baby by insisting the Duke and Duchess do not know the sex of their baby and have chosen not to be told until it is born.
As details about the arrangements for the birth were released to the media, aides confirmed that Marcus Setchell, the Queen’s former gynaecologist, will deliver the baby, aided by the Queen’s current gynaecologist Alan Farthing, the former fiance of the murdered BBC presenter Jill Dando.

Asked whether the Duchess had opted for an elective Caesarian birth, an option which has led to some mothers being dubbed “too posh to push”, palace sources said she intended to give birth naturally.

They also confirmed that the Duke will only take two weeks statutory paternity leave before he returns to flying duties with his RAF Search and Rescue squadron in Wales.

The Duke does not plan to take any time off before the birth, meaning he could face a race against time to be present when the baby is born.

He works a four days on, four days off shift pattern at RAF Valley on Anglesey, meaning he could be 300 miles away when the Duchess goes into labour. It is understood that the Duchess will not spend any time in Wales between now and the birth, due in mid-July, dividing her time instead between Kensington Palace and her parents’ home in Berkshire.

Contingency plans have been put in place with the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading in case the Duchess goes into labour unexpectedly early while visiting her parents.

The first indication that the Duchess has given birth will come when an aide leaves the hospital carrying a piece of paper with details of the baby’s sex, weight and time of birth, which they will hand to a driver to be taken to Buckingham Palace.

The notice will then be placed on an easel on the forecourt of the Palace for the waiting world to be given its first information about the future king or queen.

Shortly afterwards, the news will be put out on the Palace’s official Twitter feed, though aides stressed that no electronic communication would be made until the public had had a chance to see the official notice, as “it’s important that this is done with a degree of dignity and with half an eye on the historical significance” of the occasion.

Bookies have taken a steady stream of bets on the baby being a boy, partly because the Duchess is reported to have bought a blue pram, but a royal source said: “The Duke and Duchess don’t know the sex of the baby and they have decided not to find out beforehand.”

No announcement of the birth will be made until after the Queen, other senior members of the Royal family, and the Middleton family have been informed.

If the Duchess gives birth in the middle of the night no announcement is likely to be made until the Queen has woken, as sources said they did not expect her to be woken up specially to be told the news.
The royal couple have so far given no indication as to whether they have chosen names for the baby.
When the Duke of Cambridge was born his name was not announced for a week, reportedly because the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales could not agree on one.


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Appearances, Gallery Addition ♦ June 14, 2013

On Thursday, Kate Middleton made what’s believed to be her last official solo appearance before the birth of her child. Parting the crowds in a festive Dalmatian print coat dress, the Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Southampton, England to christen Princess Cruises’ latest ocean liner, the Royal Princess.

The event has been billed, according to the Associated Press, as her last official appearance before she embarks on maternity leave, though the Palace has not officially provided a confirmation.


– Appearances & Events > 2013 > May 13 – Princess Cruises Ship Naming Ceremony

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