Kate and William looked overjoyed as they stood on the steps of the Lindo Wing with their new baby boy Monday afternoon.
The little prince was snuggled into his GH Hurt & Son shawl as his picture was beamed around the world.
Kate was radiant in a vibrant red and white Jenny Packham dress as she held the couple’s third child.
The color combination couldn’t have been any better for St. George’s Day, celebrating England’s patron saint. England’s flag is based on a St. George’s cross. It was a historic day that started early for the couple as Kate was admitted to the hospital Monday morning.
As soon as Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess was in labor, the media started assembling. This was the scene shortly after the Palace announcement.
The press presence continued to grow.
This terrific photo from Richard Palmer of The Express gives you a sense of how large the media contingent became.
Shortly after 8 am EDT we learned Kate had delivered a baby boy.
The historic element of the birth is explained by TIME magazine:
The new royal baby may be less than a few hours old, but he has already made history. The latest addition … is the first newborn in the immediate Royal Family to be affected by changes to the line in succession.
This means that the newborn boy, whose name has not yet been revealed, does not replace 2-year-old Princess Charlotte’s position as fourth in line to the throne, remaining firmly behind her in fifth place.
Congratulatory messages flooded Twitter and other social media channels.
In a statement released Tuesday Prince Charles said: “We are both so pleased at the news. It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.”
To mark the birth, a Union Flag was raised at Buckingham Palace and a State Standard over Windsor Castle.
A large Union Flag has been raised over Buckingham Palace and a State Standard over Windsor Castle to mark the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child. pic.twitter.com/hcYYluf2fF
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 23, 2018
Some interesting facts via The Daily Mail.
With George: Kate remained in hospital for just over 24 hours when she gave birth to her first child, George, on July 22, 2013.
She gave birth 10-and-a-half hours after being admitted to the Lindo Wing, at 4.24pm.
With Charlotte: When Princess Charlotte was born on May 2, 2015, Kate was in and out of the hospital in just 10 hours.
Kate was admitted at 6am and Charlotte was born two hours and 34 minutes later, weighing 8lb 3oz.
Once again we saw a framed notice with the news displayed on a ceremonial easel at Buckingham Palace.
Crowds gathered to see the notice.
A closer look.
Prince William looked elated as he headed to Kensington Palace mid-afternoon to pick up Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
As he left the Duke joked that having a third child meant “Thrice the worry now.”
It wasn’t long before William returned with the children.
And they made their way to the front door of the Lindo Wing.
Charlotte had clearly been practicing her regal wave.
Just as she was about to enter the hospital she turned around and waved one more time.
Charlotte’s dress is from Little Alice London, a brand owned by a friend of Kate’s from Marlborough College, Alice Avenel, née Alice St. John Webster. Kate attended her 2012 wedding to Gerald Avenel. We have all the details on Charlotte’s dress in our What Kate’s Kids Wore post.
Do you remember George in 2015? Hasn’t he grown up a lot since Charlotte was born?
The children left via another exit and soon we saw the Duke, Duchess and little boy.
The images were reminiscent of 2013 and 2015.
Diana was in an ensemble by Jan van Velden, a designer she wore with some frequency. As a rule, I do not often see the same similarities in dress between the Duchess and Diana that others do; or, if I do, I think it can be coincidental more than intentional. Today that is not the case; I think Kate intended today’s look to echo the 1984 style.
Here is an overview of the three Jenny Packham designs we have seen Kate wear at the Lindo Wing.
Today’s dress was similar in cut to the buttercup yellow from 2015, as well as in length and sleeve length.
Here is a closer look at the detailing in the lace collar of the dress; you can see the floral motif.
The Duchess accessorized with her Gianvito Rossi suede heels in the 3.5″ heel height.
And the Queen’s pearl drop earrings we have seen her wear previously.
Last night the London Eye was illuminated in red, white and blue in honor of the new baby.
As was Tower Bridge.
An update for anyone wishing to make a donation in recognition of today’s occasion. Kate and William have named Evelina London Children’s Hospital as the charity they would like people to consider. The hospital specializes in caring for children needing long-term ventilation treatment, often for months or years at a time. Prince William visited the hospital’s Beach Ward this year.
And you may remember Kate’s visit in late February to the Snow Leopard Ward.
The Duchess also opened the Ronald McDonald House at the hospital in February of last year.
Should anyone wish to learn more or make a donation, you can do so by following this link.
One more wave goodbye.