Frenzy swept the nation this week as the arrival of the royal baby became imminent. After months of waiting, watching, speculating and anticipating, our national treasure Kate Middleton safely delivered a son weighing 8lb 6oz on Monday 22nd July at 4.24pm. Royal fans and press had been camped outside the Lindo Wing of West London’s St Mary’s Hospital for two weeks waiting to hear news of the royal heir and yesterday they were not disappointed when they caught their first glimpse of the Royal Family.
Visitors such as Carole and Michael Middleton, Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall had arrived throughout the day to meet their grandson so the crowds were ready and waiting in great excitement when Kate, William and the little Prince made their very first public appearance together.
Never one to be under dressed for an occasion; Kate was glowing as she stepped out of the hospital carrying her newborn son in her arms. She wore a custom made cornflower blue crepe de chine dress by one of her favourite designers Jenny Packham which had a beautiful polka dot print. Of course this immediately invited comparisons to the late Diana Princess of Wales, who appeared on the very same steps in 1982 with Prince Charles and a newborn Prince William while wearing a polka dot dress. Kate’s yummy mummy wardrobe will be her next fashion hurdle, however if her pre-pregnancy and maternity wardrobes are anything to go by I can’t imagine this being a challenge at all.
Celebrations commenced immediately throughout London, with the London Eye lighting up in white, red and blue, the HMS Lancaster spelt out the word “boy” and the BT Tower announced “it’s a boy!”
As journalists clamoured to ask the royal parents as many questions as they possibly could, Kate and William were the epitome of calm in the midst of the media storm, smiling sweetly and answering questions. The serene Duchess told the press: “It’s such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like.” The young couple also revealed that Prince William had taken the first nappy change as part of his paternal duties and that they are still debating a name for their son. Prince William then drove his wife and son home to Kensington Palace. They are the picture of a perfect family and we all wish Kate and William all the best with their foray into parenthood. Long live the future King!