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Kate is Radiant in Red Jenny Packham with Baby Cambridge 3

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.

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.


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Friday 27th of April 2018

I really can't see any resemblance between Kate's looseish, mid-length, scoop-neck, solid-colour 3/4 length sleeve dress with a lace colour, the style of which has been around for hundreds of years, with Diana's voluminous white maternity smock with a red stripe, full-length sleeves, a peter-pan collar, a design which is tight to the neck & didn't appear until a little after the turn of the 20th century due to being featured in a play. She wore an equally voluminous coat over it which she also had in navy. And kudos to Diana for wearing a dress she already had & had worn on several occasions to leave hospital, not just one made for the photo shoot. I confess I get irritated when there is endless speculation about 'nods', why wait until baby No. 3? Why not wear green, as for William's exit from hospital as a baby? It's pure conjecture & just done to fill newspaper columns.


Friday 27th of April 2018

I would love to hear more details on why you feel like she 'copied' Diana's look on Monday. I have often seen the similarities in what the Duchess and the late Princess wore. Although I often think it is simply great planning. Obviously, her aides know what Diana wore in certain places around the world. And, I see the similarity on this occasion. But, why would the Duchess emulate Diana's look from when Harry was born? That doesn't make any sense to me???


Friday 27th of April 2018

Hi, Laura. I don't think she was copying Diana's look per se, more recognizing it, or paying respect. It's a fine distinction, I know, but to me it was more of an homage, not so much copying. (Again, I know that may not make sense to anyone but me!) It could have been that it was Kate and William's second son, as Harry was Charles and Diana's second son; it would be in keeping with the polka dots worn for Prince George's birth, akin to Dina's polka dots when William was born. There could be other reasons, things I am not familiar with or up to speed on. It is a good question! :)


Friday 27th of April 2018

His Royal Highness Louis Arthur Charles, or Prince Louis of Cambridge! So cool!


Friday 27th of April 2018

I think it's rather strange that William thinks Louis is a "strong" name. To me it's just the opposite. Also, since Francis is part of Louis Mountbatten's long name, I wish they had used Francis for Kate's father and Mountbatten and Diana. I fee like the baby was named to satisfy Charles -- he adored Mountbatten, has always said he wanted to take the name Arthur when crowned king, and then his actual name is part of the trio. Oh well, not my baby, so whatever....and Louis certainly beats Arthur and Albert.


Friday 27th of April 2018

Do we know how the family will pronounce Louis?


Friday 27th of April 2018

Yes, not what I was expecting at all I thought Arthur or Albert with Philip or Michael in there somewhere, but it is a nice name :) love your Pusheen picture !


Thursday 26th of April 2018

Congratulations to the Cambridges!!! What an incredible moment, especially as I reflect upon memories of George and Charlotte's arrivals. :) May they all revel in welcoming Baby Cambridge #3--and hopefully find some peace and quiet somewhere in the process of caring for three kiddos under five. This will also probably be the last Baby Cambridge...unbelievable to share in their joy. My best to them. :)

A quick thought. I'm struck by the similarities that Kate's red dress shares with a blue tunic she wore while shopping with her mom in 2013 when she was expecting George. Susan's post about the outing is here and you can see a photo of Kate in the tunic here. Check out the oversized Peter Pan lace collars on both garments, the three-quarter length sleeves, and the simple contrasts of a single color with the lace collar as the primary design element of interest. Do you see the similarities too??

I've often wondered if Kate brings in her favorite pieces from her closet when she commissions new items from her preferred designers. This particular instance has got my fashion conspiratorial foil hat whizzing again!


Friday 27th of April 2018

I don’t think it will be the last, I wouldn’t be surprised if they have one more, a fourth before Kate is forty !


Thursday 26th of April 2018

You make a good point about the top with the lace collar, I had forgotten all about that piece! I think she certainly mentions favorite design elements, and most of her “go to “ designers are familiar with them. But it’s possible Natasha or others might show a piece Kate is fond of when speaking to a designer.


Thursday 26th of April 2018

I, too, would like to see "Michael" in his name as her family is equally as important, IMHO. But I bet not. She looks amazing...if I had had a hairdresser come and a nice dress ready....well, no, who am I kidding??? Then again she does have fast labors whereas I was a Queen of Epic labors. They make a lovely family. Love that William is so hands on.

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