Saturday, 2 May 2015

The Cambridges Present Their Princess to the World!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged onto the steps of the Lindo Wing this evening to present their new daughter to the world.


As the couple appeared with the baby cheers and a flurry of excitement was evident as global media attempted to capture the historic moment.


The princess is simply beautiful.


She was asleep in her mother's arms and wrapped in a knitted cream hat and wrapped in a white shawl by G.H. Hurt and Son Ltd. The company has a long standing connection with the Royal family and made the shawl Prince George wore the first time we saw him.


Following a much longer than expected wait, today's events unfolded incredibly quickly. The Duchess was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in the early stages of labour at 06:00 this morning. With Prince William by her side she was safely delivered of a baby girl weighing 8 lbs 3 oz at 8. 34 am this morning.


The fantastic news came in shortly after 11 am. Below we see the official press release from Kensington Palace:

Royal Central Twitter Feed

Just twelve hours after being admitted, the tired but delighted couple returned to their London residence.


Unlike Prince George's arrival, they declined to answer questions from the media, most likely due to exhaustion. William carried the car seat and held Kate's hand as they made the short walk to their Range Rover. The Princess was carried in the Britax baby safe infant carrier.


While the couple didn't answer questions, the look on their faces spoke volumes.


The royal baby is fourth-in-line to the throne and will be styled as a Princess of Cambridge. She is the first Princess of Cambridge to be born in 182 years. The last, Mary Adelaide, was the Queen's great-grandmother. The princess is the first to benefit from the changes in the Laws to Succession meaning her place cannot be usurped by younger brothers.


Earlier today, we had an unexpected treat when Prince William left the hospital to bring Prince George to meet his new sister. The adorable tot waved as he entered the hospital. You can watch the video here. After meeting his sibling, George returned to the Palace, meaning we will not see a photo of the foursome just yet.


It is almost two years since they first stood on the steps of the Lindo Wing with their newborn son.


The family returned to Kensington Palace where Prince George and the Middletons await them. It is understood members of the Royal family including the Queen and Prince Charles will meet the princess tomorrow. The Cambrdiges then plan to spend the summer at their country home Anmer Hall where Prince William is working with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.


The Duchess looked radiant as she left the Lindo Wing. Once again, she chose a bespoke Jenny Packham dress. The pretty yellow and white floral print frock with three-quarter length sleeves was a beautiful choice for the occasion.


A closer look at the print.


Ashley quickly identified Kate's nude shoes as the Jimmy Choo Gilbert pumps.

Jimmy Choo

Kate accessorised with her Annoushka pearls and following a visit from her hairdresser Amanda Cook-Tucker her hair looked fresh and glossy. Kate really looked amazing and it's hard to believe she gave birth just hours before.

Annoushka



I want to thank you all for following our Live Blog today and sharing your excitement via the comments section and social media. It was a fantastic day, and an unforgettable one for royal fans. Our congratulations to William and Kate!

213 comments:

  1. Lovely post and what a fantastic day!

    Would you be able to post the link to the poll for baby names? Thanks Charlotte!

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  2. Dear Charlotte, thank you for all of this hardwork you put into this blog. Yours is by far the best! I love the pic of William giving George a kiss. And that pic of them holding hands walking down the steps. The Duchess looks beautiful And the new Princess is a pretty baby! Cant wait for the name and a family picture. Thank you again!!!

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  3. She looks amazing! Happy and glowing. They both seem very happy and in love. Prince George is too cute!!

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  4. It was all so sweet! Did you notice how Kate was shaky when walking down the step at the photo call? I suspect after the physical demands of labour & delivery, heels & stairs were too much! Thankfully William is attentive enough to know to help.

    Seeing George wave, and William kiss George, were my 2nd & 3rd favorite moments (in no particular order). The photo call and those two moments with G&W were perfect for a Saturday.

    Any news regarding if the Mike & Carole will ever get titles?? I remember there being a lot of rumors about that when George was born.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 May 2015 at 19:36

      Yeah, I saw that. Such a trooper. And the support of her prince. This was a perfect day. Now she can sleep (if baby allows) and go around in sweats and enjoy their new family!! All best wishes to them!

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  5. You have done such an outstanding job with the blog. Thank you so much. You have photos not seen anywhere else. This is such an exciting time. Will be fun to see other photos in the days ahead. I love that Catherine wore yellow. Perfect for this day! And went well with William and George's blue!

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  6. They are just lovely!

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  7. I keep getting "refreshed" and lose the comment!!!

    Now we have the wait for her name....I wonder what it will be? And what about the christening.....when and where?
    I love the Packham dress, very feminine and appropriate for the occasion....just beautiful.

    Thanks again for the superb coverage.....

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  8. Wow! What a special day! Congratulations to a beautiful family! Thank you for all your hard work covering a very special day.

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  9. Thank you Charlotte, it's been wonderful!

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  10. WOW! Charlotte you are so fast with these posts…I bet you cannot wait to go to bed and relax a bit! Thank you so much, again, for the wonderful posts! It sure does take a lot of work.

    On the other hand, I was wondering what car seat the Princess is in? Is it the same one George left the hospital in? Also, has the car seat cover been named?

    Liz, USA

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    1. This has been reported. A Britax, but a different model (or wtvr) than George's. If you Google you may find the details!

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    2. Looks like the same if you compare pictures of each. Only difference appears to be the white cover over the seat.

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  11. She looks absolutely phenomenal!

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    1. Ditto and all done in 12 hrs. She is such an inspiration! Going to dust off my Nutribullet and workout now ....

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  12. Sarah from Calif.2 May 2015 at 19:30

    They all look absolutely Radiant! Lovely, just lovely!

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  13. That was quick! George's arrival was a bit more slower paced, or is that just me? I wonder why they didn't do a quick interview with the press? It seems rather odd since people have been waiting over a week, and they did it with George.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 May 2015 at 19:42

      My guess, a combination of last time she they walked out the next day, this time 10 hours after birth. That + it was way way colder today and they have George at home, and I just guess they wanted home. Kate looked more fragile, so I don't blame them at all.

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    2. George's arrival was slower, which is very common with first babies for a woman. Your body remembers what to do with subsequent pregnancies/babies, so things *tend* to be quicker with the second, third, etc. Also, since she is experienced now, she may have wanted to labour at home for longer, and felt confident being more aware of her body. My guess is she had at least one doctor with her at KP during the night, and then the doctor advised when she was progressed enough that they had to get to the hospital - this is very common practice with midwives when they deliver at hospitals (at least here in Canada).

      No interview was already started due to weather. And I suspect partially due to how tired and weak Kate probably was. Last time she spent the night at the hospital before leaving.

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  14. A radiant couple with their two bundles of joy. Thank you so much Charlotte for these wonderful posts. Thanks to you, it was a fantastic day.
    A long and happy life to the little and beautiful princess of Cambridge.
    Happy weekend to all!

    Monica, France

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  15. Thanks for the live blog feed - so much fun! That is a beUtiful baby girl!

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  16. Charlotte, thank you for your outstanding coverage. The photos are priceless and really beautiful pictures of new
    parents. I have been following you for several years. Turn to your blog daily.
    Beverlee,Utah

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  17. Now we can all take bets when the baptism will be lol.

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  18. There is something familiar and de ja vous about the couple’s outfit. Kate’s dress reminds me of the blue flowered dress she wore last spring for the Australia tour. The yellow flower design though I suspected she would wear flowery spring dress, (the yellow flowers may be as a symbol of hope), it was also a reminder of the yellow bouquet of flowers she was holding coming out of Prince Edward hospital (first pregnancy HG). This is even more emphasized by William wearing almost the same outfit as that same day.

    The baby seems to have Kate’s nose, Diana’s round face as a child with some pronounced touches of her father's paternal side.

    Kate looks so healthy and fresh that I am not surprised she left the same day. Having a girl and a second child, it might also be politically correct within the family’s dynamic. Another issue could be for security reasons and less political on funds and inconvenience.

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    1. Anon 15--perfect description of Baby Cambridge 2--those are my thoughts exactly- there is more of William in her looks. George has more of his mothers looks. But they are cute and adorable. Blessings on you.

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    2. To be clear, pronounced features of ( William's) paternal side.

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    3. Anonymous2 May 2015 at 21:43,

      Blessings, peace and joy on you too.

      I happened to post 21:58 comment before I saw yours. I thought it might be understood as Diana's father side. I am glad it is understood as William's, some on his mother's side and other reminders on his father' s side.

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  19. I don't usually comment a lot, but I read your blog religiously! I just wanted to say, thank you so much for the liveblog! So much fun! Well done! Now let's all get some wel deserved rest and relaxation.. Don't know about you all, but I'm beat. Long day, great day for us royal watchers! Happy to witness such a part of history!

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    1. Anonymous2 May 2015 at 19:54,

      I was thinking for my own self the same thing. Lucky this is a week end baby on day off and would have been partly a relaxing day. For some it could be watching movies, reading a book we can't put down etc. For me, it feels like the later.

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  20. Yes, yes, yes you were amazing again Charlotte today.
    Thanks a lot for keeping us updated so accurately during this beautiful Saturday.

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  21. Head to toe the duchess looks much better in her appearance this time.

    A much low key affair this time

    They seem really overjoyed and happy to see the media.

    How did one get such a close up of the princess? Such a great pic captured by the photog!

    The princess has taken the looks of her maternal side of the family.

    It is so admirable of Kate to be in such great shape for the whole nine months and more! My god how did she manage?

    Loved the dress a lot even though it's the same length and silouhette as the last blue Jenny packham.

    Prince William looks the happiest and such a warm gesture towards his wife. Love him a lot!

    May God bless all of them!

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  22. I have a feeling the baby will also get one of Kate's grandmother's name, whoever she was close to. I hope I get this right.

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  23. Alaina from NJ, USA2 May 2015 at 20:11

    How wonderful!!! They look so very happy and the little Princess looks completely content in her mother's arms. Prince George is always a delight to see and to see the Duke & Duchess holding hands - a couple very much in love with each other and their growing family.

    I do hope that we get to see a nice, relaxed family photo like the one Mr. Middleton took to introduce Prince George to the world.

    The most asked question I'm sure is what the little Princess will be called and I can't wait to see the name they choose.

    Wonderful coverage as always....thank you, thank you!

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  24. Wearing a white dress right after giving birth - bold choice! They all lol wonderful and I am glad mom and baby are healthy.

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  25. Thank you so much for all the time you put into these posts! I enjoy so much the anticipation of happy events like these!
    I'm absolutely amazed at the Duchess's ability to bounce back quickly enough to make a world-class, albeit brief, appearance before the media. I know that this is just the kind of thing she does, but she is still a woman who just gave birth! I even went so far as to pull out the pictures from my own daughter's birth and laughed myself silly! There is no makeup/hair team on earth that could have made me remotely presentable!
    Looks aside, (although I do love the dress!) I thrilled for them and look forward to more happy news of names, baptism etc! Thanks again, Charlotte!

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  26. Virginia Burton2 May 2015 at 20:29

    Even though I had to work today, I had your blog up and was grateful for its refreshing itself every five minutes so I didn't have to! Most of my customers were really excited about this and when the baby's pictures were up, everyone ooh'd and aah'd. Thank you for your wonderful blog!

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  27. Amy, Detroit Michigan2 May 2015 at 20:35

    Charlotte, bravo on the amazing job you have done!

    The princess is darling, those cheeks...oh my gosh!! Looking forward to learning her name.

    The Duchess looks a-maz-ing!! I think she looks even better than when she had George, and to think she only had mere hours befoe being photographed.....good on her!

    Cheers to England, and your new little princess!

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  28. I still can't get over how great Kate looks 10 hours after giving birth. I think she looks much better this time than with George.
    So happy and excited for all of them!!

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  29. Anja from Germany2 May 2015 at 20:47

    Aaaahhhh! What a lovely family they are! And the little princess is very beautiful and so is her mother. Kate looks great! And William adores her. I am sure the little girl looks like a "Charlotte" - hehe... And her big brother is so sweet. I wish them all the best! Thanks for this special blog and the best photos.

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  30. Gosh she is brave for wearing such a light colored frock right after having a baby. If you know what I mean. Congrats to the blessed couple.

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    1. Lol I'm sure all the ladies are thinking that too. I'll applaud her for it, she's brave.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden2 May 2015 at 21:52

      Haha, I didn't think about that. Yeah, that's brave!!

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    3. I suspect a helpful undergarment. She does look less exhausted this time. It sounds like it was quick, which was true for my second and I recovered very quickly. I found it interesting to note how at ease William is in handling George with the press, there is an ease with him due to having been in the attention of the press all his life. He clearly was assuring and coaching George on how to behave and then praising him. George also starts to see how William handles the attention. That interaction was fantastic to watch. Someone mentioned on this site or another that because the second was not in line for the throne it also made the focus for them and the new baby more low key and less historical. That is true. Also with both the Queen and Charles not in London you could move things along more quickly. Everyone looked great. Ali

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    4. Ali, I so agree! I think William could not have done a better job of presenting George yesterday.

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  31. I cannot BELIEVE how good Kate looks. And wearing heels (!) out of the hospital only a few hours after giving birth (!!), wow. I could barely shuffle down the hall. She is amazing.
    Oh yes, and the Princess is very cute, too. ;)

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  32. What a day, and what a beautiful family. I'm looking forward for a pic of the foursome, Lupo included.
    My impression is that they wanted to consider this second birth much more a private affair than the first one, and that makes sense since the newborn is not expected to be a direct heir to the throne.

    Anyway, I was moved to tears seeing William and Georgie interact. Kate could be tired but still looks glorious: I think she must be phisically strong.
    The princesses is simply beautiful.

    And thank you, thank you Charlotte for you impeccable coverage of the event. This blog is the Holy Grail of all Kate's fans.

    Lella, Italy

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    1. I was going to post a similar comment. :) Couldn't agree more.

      What a beautiful, happy and (clearly) loving family. I'm so happy for them!

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  33. Tedi in California2 May 2015 at 20:54

    Just beautiful from start to finish. Kate is amazing, so healthy! The pictures are all terrific. Gorgeous little Princess, welcome to the world! Love the pictures of George with his Dad. Charlotte you did an amazing job! Thank you!

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  34. Like Virginia I too worked solid all day and was delighted to hear the news, wonderful wonderful to have a baby girl. I came home recorded Sky news and sat down to read your blog fantastic !

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  35. Jean from Lancs2 May 2015 at 21:00

    Two absolutely gorgeous children.
    I know Catherine had a hairdresser visit and has help, but to look so beautiful; poised and elegant within twelve hours of admission to hospital and giving birth, is beyond the call of duty! I'm quite worn out watching.
    You too have had a busy day Charlotte---thank you so much.
    I started to write this earlier, but halfway through it suddenly disappeared---probably too much traffic

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  36. Am I the only one who thinks she looks like Prince George?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 May 2015 at 21:28

      She kind of does, But she's to young to look like anyone yet. Her facial bones haven't fixed yet :)

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    2. They're almost identical....it's truly amazing!

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    3. I had the same impression, she looks like a feminine version of George. We'll see ..

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    4. Babies faces change many times over, but there is always some clue of who they favor. George looks more like Kate and his sister seems to favour William's father side.

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    5. You might be :) I think her nose is a smaller more feminine version of her brother's but other than that she seems to have a different coloring and different facial features. From just this photo, she really looks like the Middleton family to me but time will certainly tell. Really excited to find out her name. I'm not sure a delicate name would suit her. Maybe something with a bit of strength behind it :)

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    6. I had the same impression, totally George.:))

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    7. George's cheeks, but the pear shape of William's face. It would appear she has brown hair, but newborns usually do have dark hair.

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  37. Couldn't be more happier for William and Catherine! Congratulations to they're beautiful family, wishing them all the happiness and joy in the world right now. Today was such an exciting day.
    Kate looks amazing, only a mere 10 hours after giving birth. Wow! Of course she's got a team of great stylists to help her.
    Although it does annoy me that Kate always has to be seen as this super human woman who never has a hair out of place. The hair, makeup, heels it's all a bit too much. It makes new mothers who are leaving the hospital feel insecure that they can't look like that. I would have been more impressed if she had of worn flats. I'm sure she was very uncomfortable.

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    1. I agree - the photo of me leaving the hospital with my son is quite different! No makeup and pale as a ghost. I like to think the first thing she did when getting home was change into sweats and put her hair in a ponytail!

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    2. I'm never at ease in flats! I also made up my face and styled my hair before leaving hospital. Kate knew millions of people were waiting to see her and I'm sure she didn't want to disappoint. Good on her!
      Wonderful day, wonderful baby. Wonderful coverage from Charlotte to top it off!

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    3. So true, 21:17. But do you remember all the kvetching in the press and online about her roots and gray hairs after George? As for the heels, she may be a woman who has a high arch and finds them more comfortable than flats. I have known several colleagues who wore high heels for that reason.

      As for "making" other women feel insecure, I get tired of people saying that about poised and polished people. Those who feel insecure don't feel that way on account of Catherine or anyone else. They feel insecure because that's how they have opted to go through life: without self-confidence. It's a choice. Insecurity can be overcome; confidence can be learned. All it takes is coaching or self-help, effort and persistence.

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    4. Exactly what I thought, it all being a bit too much... I'm a huge fan but when I gave birth a week after George, having the images of the perfectly put together high heeled Kate made me feel 'less'. Silly I know, but with crazy hormones & injuries it was hard for me to take tbh! High heels... Really?? Lol

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    5. Erika from Massachusetts3 May 2015 at 01:06

      She has a great team that can pull her together in a moment's notice. If every new mom had a hair stylist and designer clothes delivered, we'd all look great too.

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    6. I agree with Erika and this is not a criticism simply a fact. By the way if I may ask,Erika your name does not sound American, aren't you from Europe by they way? If not my mistake and sorry.

      For all the mothers who feel insecure and less, do not be silly you all do some marvellous jobs, we even celebrate Mother's day in some countiries in Europe today. Wish u all the best!!

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    7. Why on earth would Kate being dressed up make other women look bad? Do they also have to step out of hospital to hundreds of cameras & media? Of course not! This is an official moment for W&K, these photographs will form part of history - just as the photos of Diana emerging with Wills and Harry in her arms are still shown today. I thought Kate looked fresh & happy - the lovely flowered dress a great choice.

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    8. Hello blue27. I am American but of Scandinavian heritage. A Swedish paternal grandmother and a Norwegian paternal grandfather specifically, hence the name. I love my name! A little bit different but not way out there. Erika is used a lot in the USA but most people prefer to spell it with a C.

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    9. Thank you for answering Erika, so I thought you are from Europe because the country I come from (Hungary) this name is really popular. But I learnt sth new today about the pronounciation in the US too. Have a lovely day and nice talking to you.

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  38. Charlotte,
    Do you know who the nurse is in the red/burgundy uniform who was standing outside when William and Kate came out?
    I also noticed she was there when George was born.

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    1. Blair, you have a good eye! I went back and checked some photos after George was presented to the world, and yes, it looks like the same nurse must have been present for his birth as well. Some day this nurse will write a memoir. It's possible that they are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Just saying... :-)

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    2. The woman in the red uniform was one of the midwives who helped deliver the baby. See article on it here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3065678/Call-midwives-calm-duo-delivered-Princess.html

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    3. The woman who delivered both babies is even a professor.

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    4. This blogger has IDed the Nurse http://spottingrebeccadeacon.blogspot.com/2015/05/may-2nd-spotting-cambridge-staff-at.html

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    5. Yes she is the midwife who helped to deliver the new baby and George. She is also the professor of midwifery at the university.
      The blogger who found it is Gertrude and that's what we were trying to figure out.
      Good for her, I bet you she couldn't feel more proud to be such a big part of history both times around.

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    6. Yea for the midwives. As a retired one I often wondered if George was really delivered by midwives, knowing the British system. I would suggest Kate labored at home with a midwife until active enough to go to hospital. Kate and William - Thank You!!

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  39. Oh Joy--such a blessed event and they looked joyful, excited, pleased and in love with their bundle of joy. The Duchess is a strong and blessed lady, God Bless Her. Prince George, steals my heart every time I see him--so very cute and adorable. All grandparents are perhaps overjoyed as well, especially Prince Charles who was open in expressing that he hoped for a girl--Congrats to all the grandparents and great grandparent and the rest of the family and extended family. What a thrilling event. Thank God that he blessed them and all who participated that all went well and all are happy with the outcome.
    Thanks Charlotte for your coverage, your are the best.
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    1. I think it was huge that William had he and George turn towards the
      media and both wave and without a hint of resentment. What a blessing for him. He realizes George is a public figure. Why make him hate the media? He isn't. Yay William.

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    2. Anon 22:18, I completely agree. :) It was flawless.

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    3. Yes, William's expression and wave were completely relaxed, and he helped George over the natural shock at all the people and cheers. I thought it was a beautiful performance. And they avoided the nonsense about which grandparents came first by having only George visit!

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  40. The incredible pressure on Kate to look beautiful just 10 hours after giving birth is unbelievable. Can you imagine what the tabloids would be saying if she didn't look her best? I, and I think most women, wish she would have worn flats. She made me a little nervous coming down the hospital steps. Thankfully, William was there and offered his hand. They are such a beautiful family and people in the U.K. should be very proud of them. Thank you, Charlotte,
    for your wonderful updates and fantastic photos!

    I hope we know the name of the new princess by Sunday.

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  41. I know Prince George was 8lb 6 oz. Do we know his length at birth?

    The new princess is 8lb 3 oz. Do we know her length?

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  42. In full view, her dress is beautiful. She carries so well for a woman who just a baby few hours ago and looks fantastic. William's kiss to George was adorable.

    Best wishes to all the four members of the family.

    Better go about my business now.

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  43. How long was it between Prince George's birth and the announcement of his name?

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    1. Day after she was released I think.

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    2. After the Queen visited KP to meet her grandson, I believe.

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    3. That means we're likely to find out very soon! Exciting!

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    4. I just read that the Queen journeyed from Yorkshire to Sandringham, with Prince Philip, and they will stay there, at Wood Farm, until Tuesday. I believe they both hope to meet the new princess tomorrow. Therefore the Cambridge family will need to travel to Anmer Hall late today or early tomorrow.

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  44. first, thank you so much, charlotte, for your fantastic coverage. its a bit of a big news day in the US, today, and the stations haven't been covering this quite as much as they did with George, so your blog has been ESPECIALLY wonderful.

    i'm so delighted, of course. This is such a beautiful family! Kate looks fantastic! is it common in the UK to be released from the hospital so quickly? i can't remember with George if it was the same day, or early the next day. Here, most women are kept overnight and sometimes 2 nights (but i wouldn't necessarily complain about being released earlier. there's no place like home…). at any rate, i imagine Kate will have a nurse or doctor make a house call if she wants them to.

    i agree that its a bit brave to wear white 10 hours after labor, but no matter. she looks lovely and the dress is a great choice. it looks to me like she is wearing pantyhose, which is also a bit astounding so soon after birth. good for her for getting into those. us mortals struggle with sweatpants…

    and thanks for the info on the carseat brand! i use the same brand for my little guy. Britax is a great company. HIGHLY recommend!

    i can't wait to hear about the name! (i'm thinking Charlotte…)

    Annie
    NY, USA


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  45. Seeing Princess Cambridge for the first time via live stream, I thought she looked like Carole and Pippa.

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  46. I am here in London right now. Such excitement! Big announcement on the railroad overheads- it's a girl!
    The baby is beautiful and Kate looks wonderful. But i agree with posters that the heels and jewelry is a bit much for a woman who has just given birth a mere few hours previously! That is just not realistic for the vast majority of women.
    Congratulations to Wills & kate.

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    1. I'm getting a bit fed up with this criticism of her making an effort for the world and maybe for herself and her husband. I left hospital wearing a smart two piece suit one size larger than my normal size. Making the effort made me feel SOOO much better about myself. Each to their own.

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    2. I don't think it's a bit much for the wife and mother of future kings who knows this moment is going down in the history books. It shows respect her position.

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    3. I thought Kate looked very beautiful, and so did her daughter at only ten hours old! I would only have put a pair of pretty flats on Kate's feet to make her more sure footed, carrying a baby on those steps.

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    4. Every woman makes her own choices in this matter. Some women's choices are more limited due to the nature of the birth (number of hours, nature of complications,surgery, as well as her physical, mental, and psychological condition before delivery).

      Also, Catherine is in tip-top physical shape. Athletic and strong, she has maintained her body with yoga and swimming and possibly other exercise regimens. She probably has a bounce-back body, too. Not every woman's is the same. Naturally, women who go into pregnancy and delivery overweight and out of shape are not going to look like Catherine when they come out. Ever. No amount of makeup or styling can fix that.

      A woman who has given birth ought to be allowed to glory in what she has accomplished, not be held up to some "standard" imposed by others. Catherine is a woman who is on top of most everything in her life. It's who she is. But no one else should feel obligated to emulate her or feel less-than simply because she is different. So kudos to all the women who threw sweaty, greasy hair into a scrunchie and opted for well-worn sweat pants. You were/are beautiful, too.

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    5. Yes the criticism is inappropriate, I'm disgusted that at a time like this, a wondrous occasion, people are negitive.

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    6. Wondrous occasion? She just had a baby. It happens a lot every single day. Don't get me wrong; I'm very happy about it, and she looks like a beautiful little girl. I'm glad everyone is healthy and doing well too.

      I also now think that Kate is obviously an alien replicant sent here to planet Earth to make the rest of womankind feel inadequate.

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    7. Anytime a woman has a baby it is a wondrous occasion, just ask someone who's given birth.

      Bluhare, Why do you come here? From comments on other blogs it seems you really don't like Kate, so why would you come to a blog that is soooo pro Kate?

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    8. Point taken about the wondrousness of birth as far as the new mother is concerned.

      Read the title of the blog and what Charlotte says about comments sometime. It might help you understand, Mel. I find it rude and presumptuous to question others' motives for commenting here.

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    9. It's a valid question......

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    10. Can I ask sth Mel, why do u come here? If you want to celebrate the wondrous occasion, do it without sending anyone anywhere because of their opinion. Just a thought:-)

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  47. Rose from Montreal Canada3 May 2015 at 00:57

    Thanks Charlotte you are the absolute best. This was such a momentous day. The young princess is adorable and I love Prince George's wave. He is such a cutie. Now we can start guessing what her name will be. I for one am not looking forward to the drought we will have when the Duchess disappears from sight to their country home. Duchess Kate withdrawal here we come. Oh well! Kate looked great and I can tell you all I did not look so good right after giving birth. To be honest I could barely stand up much less wearing heals and looking immaculate. Good for Kate and I wish her every happiness with her precious family and a ton of rest. Amazing day. I hope you are getting some rest Charlotte. I am very grateful for your dedication to this blog. Thank you Thank you so very much.

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  48. Charlotte, you had a long slog and hope you are sleeping like a baby, very late in the UK now - Sunday, in fact. Thanks for a great job.
    George's first Royal Wave was adorable. Kate looked exhausted so I understand why they did not linger.. Great dress. She really is a role model for a healthy lifestyle.
    What a happy day and such a lovely family.

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  49. Well, what a day! I'd like to thank you ,Charlotte, for Your hard work today, I enjoyed the live posts very much! :)
    Kate looked radiant - I can't believe how beautiful she looked so shortly after giving birth! But she was obviously exhausted, one could see that on her face - but no wonder :) And the little prencess...just "Awww soo cute!!" And George waving to the crowd innocently!
    Any ideas about when will the name be announced, Charlotte? :)

    Thank You again, Your blog is the best!

    Lots of love
    Katka from Prague

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  50. I cannot believe Kate had a baby in the morning then rolled out of that hospital looking like a million dollars. I'm so proud of her! So excited for her, William and little George. And will that princess be called Charlotte, like you, dear Charlotte? My daughter is also a Charlotte so I can't help feeling like if they do select that name they will be showing their good taste! Thank you for all your hard work. The posts have been lovely. I raise my glass to the new princess and to YOU! xx

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    1. "I cannot believe Kate had a baby in the morning then rolled out of that hospital looking like a million dollars. I'm so proud of her!"

      Oh I know! So many women go through labour and delivery which is hard and they come out looking so ragged. I mean come on, have some pride in your looks like the Duchess! Looking like a million bucks so shortly after childbirth is important!

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    2. Jill, I agree. :)) Kate looked lovely, and she and William were beaming as they presented their newborn to the world. It was a very happy and exciting day. (For most folks anyway.)

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    3. It really was an exciting day wasn't it. I also agree with you Jill and am proud of her for making such a great effort to look radiant and show her respect for and to say THANK YOU it the millions who had gathered around the TV, purchased newspapers or were glued to their laptops, computers, I-Phones or I-Pads to see the little princess.

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  51. What an exciting day! They are officially the perfect family with one of each! I am a little disappointed that the excitement all happened in one day. Was hoping to see the grandparents arrive at the hospital. Loved seeing Prince George. Kate is amazing heading home so soon after giving birth. I'm sure they wanted the media and people camping out in front of the hospital gone so as not to inconvenience others, and KP is not a bad place to recover. Can't wait to hear her name --

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  52. Grand job Charlotte! I suspect you're hoping the baby's name will be Charlotte!! I love the pictures where Catherine and William are looking right at each other, you can see the love they have for each other, and the one where William and Catherine are holding hands as they descend the stairs. How wonderful of William to be so attentive of his wife's needs. I am just over the moon that the baby has been born and is a girl. Now, the wait to see what her name will be, and some official family photos

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  53. She is so adorable! She has big kissable cheeks like Prince George :)
    You mentioned that the last princess of Cambridge was named Mary Adelaide, and since I really like that name(better than Alice) I'm changing my name prediction to Adelaide Elizabeth Frances. Hope they get some sleep tonight, what an exhausting day!
    Can't wait to hear her name! Maybe tomorrow after she meets more family members?
    Hannah, Michigan

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    1. Mary Adelaide was not the royals' favorite royal, and I doubt her name will be used. She was imperious and impecunious, and an embarrassment to her daughter who became Queen Mary.

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    2. I should say, however, that Princess Mary Adelaide is said to have begun the tradition of royal patronage for charities. She was well known for her charitable activities.

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  54. She looks gorgeous!!! God bless them all so happy she has a beautiful baby girl can't wait for the name!! Thanks Charlotte !

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  55. What a great day. Many favorite pictures. But top on the list would be William giving George a reassuring kiss on the way in to see his sister! What a great way to begin to introduce him to "Royal Duty". My next is the of William holding Kate's hand coming down the stairs and the look they exchanged at that time was so very precious as Charlotte pointed out. So reassuring to each other.

    Just want to add my THANK YOU Charlotte for a great job. Maybe your reward will be a new royal baby with the name Charlotte if the bookies predictions are correct .;>)

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  56. Blair, you weren't the only person who noticed the nurse(s) wearing red/burgundy uniforms. The Daily Mail had this interesting article about these two women:

    The unsung heroines of the Royal birth were midwives Arona Ahmed and her boss, Jacqui Dunkley-Bent, Professor of midwifery at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, who together delivered the Princess.
    According to hospital insiders, the professor, 51, had struck up a close rapport with the Duchess of Cambridge when she delivered Prince George two years ago at St Mary's Hospital, West London.
    Mrs Ahmed, 44, had missed out on that occasion because her shift ended before the birth and she was replaced by another midwife.
    But yesterday, Mrs Ahmed helped at the princess's birth, while the team of suited male surgeons, led by Mr Guy Thorpe-Beeston, Surgeon Gynaecologist to the Royal Household, looked on.
    Kate had a meticulous birth plan. She had opted to be seen first by the midwives, and as a source said: 'What the duchess wants, the duchess gets.'
    So while the male doctors waited in a nearby room, it was the red-uniformed midwives – the colour denotes their seniority – who monitored Kate as her contractions progressed and supported Prince William.
    Both women are experienced, unflappable and have the full confidence of the obstetricians.
    It is understood a team of three midwives has been on standby for more than a month to cover three shifts over a 24-hour period should Kate have been admitted early.
    By establishing a specific team for the Royal birth, Kate and William ensured that the care of other patients, NHS or private, was not affected or disrupted.
    Given the speed of Kate's delivery – just 154 minutes after being admitted to the hospital – it is likely she was in labour at home for some hours before feeling the need to be with her medical team.


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3065678/Call-midwives-calm-duo-delivered-Princess.html#ixzz3Z2VlYBdR
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    1. Thank you! That's very interesting!!

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    2. Yes thank you Daisy! I read that. She must be feeling so proud and excited to have played such a major role in history!!

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    3. This seems to be the current trend in deliveries. A young mother of my acquaintance was recently delivered by a midwife and doula, in a US hospital, while the doctors and nurses stood by and watched. The mother was placed in a vertical position, and all went very well.

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    4. Jacqui Dunkley-Bent, Professor of midwifery, was photographed driving into KP earlier today.
      Most probably for a post natal check up visit. The beauty of being a duchess.

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    5. Actually, there are a lot of babies being delivered in hospitals by nurse-midwives in the US. The nurses help them just as they would for a doctor. The difference is the midwife is there in the hospital caring for the mother and does not just run in and "catch" at the end. It is really a team approach with physicians being on call if an operative delivery is necessary, but if not the mom has consistent care. Anon 19:02 - not just "The beauty of being a duchess" -we did this also for any mother and baby who opted for early discharge. I would not be surprised if she or another midwife might have been at KP the night before monitoring both Kate and the baby until she was in advanced labor and then taken to hospital. I have also done that with patients who wished to have this kind of care.

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  57. According to this article from the daily mail, midwives delivered the baby! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3065678/Call-midwives-calm-duo-delivered-Princess.html

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  58. Canadian Friend3 May 2015 at 04:28

    What an amazing day! I'm so pleased for the Cambridges and their two beautiful children. May they always be as happy as they are today.

    Thank you, Charlotte, for your amazing coverage. What a fantastic thing to know I can come to your blog and be able to trust what I read, as well as be able to enjoy the intelligent and affectionate tone you set. You respect and care about the Cambridges but you're not afraid to allow a wide range of comments and debates, making us all more involved and thoughtful.

    Just a few thoughts on today:

    Kate is amazing. High praise to her for being able to appear in public as she did, so quickly, after such a profound personal experience-and she did it in heels!! She is a force to be reckoned with and, clearly, in this for the long haul. I've said before that I think she has the substance to be another Queen Mother in terms of longevity and contributions. She handles the scrutiny with such aplomb.

    I sense that many lessons were learned from George's birth. The public face of this labour/birth were much more managed as Kate and William likely wished it to be. I sense a much tighter rein on the Lindo site and on the coverage there. I think it likely that there also was a whole set up at KP so that Kate could labour there as long as she obviously did in safety and privacy. This lessened the time at the hospital and let them get in and out with really startling speed.

    George, George, George!!! You are gorgeous and I love you madly. I could watch that video clip with William a hundred times. It's amazing how much George looks like Aunt Pippa! He is a beautiful boy. I hope there are many extra hugs for him in the next little while. It'll be hard getting used to sharing his world with his sister.

    I think her name will be Alice Frances Elizabeth. Did anyone else notice The Daily Mail cover which I believe said something like "The New People's Princess"? It gave me a cold shiver. I admired Princess Diana a great deal but I fear naming this child after her (other than by using her middle name) is setting her up to fill that "Diana void" which would be impossible and blatantly unfair. Diana is already being honoured in the behaviour of her sons and in how Kate and William are conducting themselves and putting their family first. That is the best way to heal the deep, inter-generational emotional wounds caused by the failed Wales' marriage, Diana's unhappiness and her tragic death.

    Many blessings to the new Princess of Cambridge and her family. Let us have a photo or two of you sometime soon-please!

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    1. Canadian friend, I thought the same names for the princess, but changing the order of names. Alice Elizabeth Frances. :)

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    2. Nicely said Canadian Friend!

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  59. thank you for the live feed i do love them yes they are radiant congrats again

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  60. So excited they had a girl! The world and Prince Charles got what they wanted! :-) I can't wait to see little Princess clothes!! Kate looked amazing! Her hair looked better this time compared to when she left with Prince George-no two toned color. I loved the dress, though I was expecting pink. Yellow looks so good on Kate and that way she didn't need to worry about the gender of the baby. Wonderful day! So glad all went well.

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  61. guys, do you think the baby princess was dressed in yellow outfits because the duke and duchess truly did not know the gender of the baby hence took clothes with neutral colors instead of taking one set of pink and one set of blue outfit? If that is correct then they really did a fantastic job of not wasting clothes or by being on the frugal side.

    I also notice that Prince william has been wearing his favorite belt for the past several years and same with his shoes and watch. He is really frugal. People say the duchess is frugal, I think Prince william is more frugal :)

    Can't wait for the name announcement!!

    Lekheeka from Minnesota

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  62. Good morning everyone,

    A huge thank you to all of you who made yesterday even more special. Can you believe William and Kate have a little princess? Hopefully we'll hear her name very soon :)

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    1. My last comment did not make it happens sometimes. Thank you Charlotte for the amazing coverage!
      It was an awesome day yesterday for many of us, so pleased they welcomed a baby girl.

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA3 May 2015 at 14:06

      Good morning Charlotte! Fabulous job on the live blog and coverage yesterday! It was such an amazing day! I hope you got some rest last night and are enjoying your Sunday. Thank you again!

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    3. Thank You Charlotte for your excellent coverage!!!We woke up to the great news on Saturday morning :)
      Cant wait for the name announcement!!xoxo

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    4. Yes! Hoping we'll hear her name announced after the family goes to Anmer and sees the queen.

      I've got my fingers crosses for an Eleanor or Caroline. I know Elizabeth's a favorite among many, but I'd rather see it reserved for a future queen regnant (maybe George's daughter, if he has a firstborn girl?).

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  63. Thank you Charlotte for the wonderful coverage. What a delightful loving family. Kate looked wonderful, such a great effort. I imagine part of the reason for leaving hospital so soon is to make sure that they are not seen to be impacting the final days in the run up to the General Election. I have always thought George looks like Diana's father ????

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  64. If one entertains the clue/code game for the fun of it, could the following be some signs and symbols?

    1. The baby’s bonnet style looks from a different time long gone although classic from the front.

    2. The little girl is all in white. Is that the color of puritan times? After all did not the back of Kate’s wedding dress
    recall times long gone?

    3. The mother’s dress translates into the current season of bloom/Spring/May/mother’s day month/even the specific choice of flower design might recall a female family member from either side.

    4. The only visitor was her brother George in a very honored and open way. The little girl might share ONE of her names as the female version of his name: the highest luckily being Alexander/a, followed by Luis/a, and who knows even George/na.

    The guessing game continues.

    OR

    Her first name: Something to the effect of this girl’s dynamic in her family, God’s will of victory over a wish answered and a loss made up. Whatever language and wherever the name is found.

    Her second name: the common name shared by both sides four times, Elizabeth. (That is some alignment of the stars).

    Third name: A legacy to Diana in whatever word, name, her forefathers, her favorite possible name she had mentioned for a future grand daughter.

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    1. anon from Leominster4 May 2015 at 07:36

      Fun speculation but Mother's Day is in March in Britain. Kate looked lovely and very spring-like. George is adorable - maybe a little shy. A happy day all around.

      Carole looked just tired to me. Maybe she was with Kate in the early stages in the night and slipped home while attention was at the hospital. I do think the Middletons were trying to be a bit more low-key this time.

      Never can see Camilla beaming as she goes off to see the baby (not her grandchild although many papers refer as such) without feeling sad that Diana will never have that opportunity. It would be lovely if Diana was remembered in the baby's name although not sure the queen and Charles would allow it. I wouldn't worry about too many parallels - the baby will have her own idenity as she gets older.

      Understand they are waiting on the name to tell the queen which makes sense - except why not tell her earlier. But waiting a bit is a tradition. I would love Charlotte but it may not be chosen because it has been so popular in bets. But then so was George. I wonder about Helena or Eleanor. Royal but not recent. Mary Adelaide would be lovely but doesn't seem too likely.

      And many thanks to our Charlotte for that wonderful live post. A brilliant job.

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    2. Sara in Connecticut4 May 2015 at 16:23

      Anon 15- I think you nailed the name guessing!

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  65. I hope she got some rest last night. She looked as though she was still having the hormonal shaking that goes with childbirth. She handles everything so beautifully.

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  66. Wow! Great post. The photos of the grandparents entering KP tell a story, to be sure. Wide smiles from Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. And absolutely grim, even angry, faces on Carole and Mike Middleton. I'm guessing a daughter for Will and Kate wasn't part of Carole's plans!!
    I only hope that the new little princess receives an equal share of her parents' love and attention and love and attention from both sets of grandparents! The UK royal family has a history of not treating its women, whether wives or royal daughters, very well, with all the love, attention and favor going to sons. Hopefully Will and Kate will be the ones to break that mold.
    I still don't understand the antiquated practice of the delay in announcing the names of the royal babies. I am quite sure the parents, as any parents, have already named her. What's the harm in announcing it? If the practice dates back to some 15th century custom of waiting to make sure the child would survive, then it's a custom that ought to be done away with so the Windsors can take one more tentative step into the 21st century.
    Also a little skeptical that Kate was in the "early" stages of labor when she was admitted at 6 a.m. and then gave birth just 2.5 hours later?
    As for the sympathy over Will and Kate looking exhausted - why on Earth would any new mother who had just given birth that morning elect to go home the same day? George was with Carole Middleton and the nanny. Why not just stay and rest and recover and have some alone time in those first few hours, as they did with George, with their new little daughter?

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    1. As for Carole/Mike's faces, I think much ado is being made over nothing. If you photographed me on any given day you'd probably get plenty of grouchy looking faces, even if I weren't feeling particularly grim. Most people don't have particularly happy looking resting faces.
      I think it's likely that they're waiting for members of the family (especially the Queen) to meet the princess before announcing her name. That's more a courtesy to family than anything.
      I can't pretend to know Kate's preferences or thoughts, but if it were me, and I were feeling well enough the day of labor, I'd want to go ahead and go home. That way I'd be done with the media circus and I could relax in my own home. That would make for better alone time with my new daughter than in a hospital room, but that's just my opinion.

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    2. Because at home is more comfortable in every way! Obviously.....

      I imagine I would be frowning too if I had to drive through a crowd just to see my family.....I am so tired of the meanness of people like you in regards to the Middletons who seem to be the best of parents and in-laws to their children. Charles and Camilla aren't really "hands on", grandparents, bit I'll say this for them they are very happy to convey their love and support albeit from a distance.

      This is a weekend of rejoicing....a beautiful healthy baby, happy healthy parents with global love and support for their family, I don't get the criticism, this is a place for Catherine supporters, if you want to criticize GO somewhere else! I mean it!

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    3. Mel, a dozen roses to you! Pink, of course. :) I'm tired of all the criticism as well. Some of the sheer misery expressed, especially on such a happy occasion, is beyond sad.

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    4. Mel, you're pretty funny. I picture you standing there shaking your fist.

      I also found it odd the Middletons weren't smiling. They just had their second grandchild for heavens sakes. My mother didn't wipe the smile off her face for weeks after her grandchildren were born.

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    5. Mel & Royalfan I am with you both--TIRED OF THE CRITICIZIM." I feel like this particular blog post should be dedicated to the joyful occasion of the miracle of birth-the health of the mother and baby--the obvious happiness and joy of both parents and the joy that true royal watchers and fans of royalty feel. Naysayers--this is not your time!

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    6. I wouldn't get too hung up on the phrasing used in the press release, because, frankly, one womans woman's labour patterns are none of our damn business.
      She laboured, she had a healthy baby, and it all went pretty smoothly for her to be up to going home asap.
      My second labour was a similar pattern, and afterwards I felt tired but elated and physically fine after a short nap.
      Maybe the Middleton's don't enjoy the press printing random guesses about them? And so the anticipation of being photographed and written about got the better of their moods? Meh.
      We don't know their lives.

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    7. royalfan, please point me to examples of "sheer misery" expressed here. Or are you using hyperbole to make your point? Because it's lost on me, if you are. Why is it so wrong to state you wonder why they aren't looking happier? They're going to meet their new granddaughter!

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    8. Wow Elizabeth you have nothing nice to say. Just because Carole, & Michal were not smiling does not mean they are not happy that their daughter just gave birth to a daughter. You are mouthing off when you have no idea what the hell went on. I would keep your nasty commenbts to yourself.

      Very Concerned Reader

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    9. Count me in Mel, royalfan and Anon 01:38! It was a great weekend and I guess some just want to find anything to criticize.

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    10. I do not understand the criticism word here, Elisabeth said something and the rest of you should skip the rest if you do not like it. Picking on one another on this joyous occassion is just sheer misery to me.:-))))

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    11. anon from Leominster4 May 2015 at 15:00

      I agree with blue27. The vast majority of comments here have been full of unmitigated happiness and to characterise the blog any other way is wrong. Here and there, regular readers of blogs may have an issue. It doesn''t mean they don't like Kate or are even critical. Questions are just that - questions.

      For me there was a pang of the sight of Camilla grinning as she went in to see her "grandchild." Others were puzzled by the expression on the Middleton's faces, simply because it was so different from last time. Others noted the press were making comments comparing Kate's vibrant appearance to other mums, unfair because she does have enormous resources available to her as well as historical pressures few other mums have. On another blog, the failure of the couple to speak to the press was raised.

      These are perfectly reasonable questions. If someone just wants to read praise, it is here in happy abundance and why not just skip the other remarks. Or better, just say, interesting, but I don't agree.

      I like the fact Charlotte does a magnificent job but she also gives us the freedom to express ourselves. The other blog is becoming like a girl's clique with participants praising each other for saying the "right thing" and calling on the moderator to remove anything they don't like - sometimes in a harsh and nasty way. Charlotte doesn't impose herself often on the discussion - she states her feelings in the blog.

      Let's celebrate our freedom to discuss what we wish. Charlotte does a glorious job and there are always a great variety of comments - something to please everyone. If it doesn't please, just skim over it. And to pretend issues about the royal family don't exist can be a bit pollyannish. Questions do come up. Discussing them gives insight.

      The BBC raised controversy too by having a republican interviewed just before the couple came out of hospital. A bit tacky I thought, especially as he wrongly claimed he was speaking for the British in saying there was too much coverage. But there is always the mute button....

      As far as the Middletons, I think they were just driving - and tired. As far as Kate going home quickly, many of us prefer our own beds. When I had major surgery, I was anxious to go home as quickly as possible. And I had no staff to take care of me. As for the delay in nameing, traditions die hard, and I do think it is nice when a few of them linger. I'm eager to know too, but willing to wait.

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  67. Wow, that was fast. Admitted, gave birth and went home all in 12 hours. Wish we all had such easy birth experiences.

    I’m sure with this being her second child she was more confident staying home longer and going into hospital when she was already far along. Most mothers, myself included, tend to do that, not to mention that second labors are usually shorter.

    I’m thrilled it’s a girl and can’t wait to hear her name. Apparently, no name announcement today. The Queen is not in London, so we might have to wait a few days if they’re waiting for her to meet the baby. And they might be one of those parents who have a shortlist of names, but want to meet the baby to see if the name ‘fits’.

    I love her dress and thee whole family was beautiful. I found the blue dress for a baby boy a bit cheesy, so am happy that it’s not pink this time. As for kate being in heels and all made up, I bet all of you would do the same if your picture was splashed on covers all around the world, not to mention that these photos will be there for history and dragged out any time the baby has a major event. Just like pictures of Diana, Charles and baby William at Lindo are shown all the time. She is hardly your average mother, whose photos only family sees.

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  68. Congratulations on WK new arrival. Thank you Charlotte for your amazing coverage!

    I'm afraid this will be one of my last posts here, however I will absolutely still read your lovely blog writings. You are so talented and hardworking, while I have loved coming here daily I am just finding I am more interested in following the BRF as a whole and less interested on WK specifically.

    Thank you for the great convos everyone, take care.

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  69. In th Daily Mail photos, I wonder why Mr. and Mrs. Middleton look so anxious and serious when arriving at KP?
    Normally they do smile or even wave back when being photographed, especially on a joyous occation like this.
    Any thoughts?
    D.

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    1. I didn't think they looked particularly serious or anxious--their faces looked pretty neutral to me. They may not have realized they were being photographed. I wouldn't speculate that something's wrong.

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    2. I don't think we need to be concerned. I think they were both concentrating on their driving. They were surrounded by members of the media waiting outside Kensington Palace. They are not as used to this as the "royals" are.

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    3. I think it fair to say they did not look as happy as when George was born. I was quite surprised as I expected everyone to be beaming.

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    4. Well...when George was born they were standing in front of the Lindo Wing in front of a ton of press.

      Daisy, I think you've got it right,

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    5. They were driving! As opposed to posing in front of photographers on the Lindo steps.

      Camilla

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  70. It is my understanding that the majority of regular births (as this one was) in the UK are attended by a midwife and nurse team (both for hospital and home births). The doctors are called just in case of emergency. Also, once the mother has gone home she is visited for several days by a midwife or a nurse to keep an eye on mother and baby. This is all paid by NHS and is available to everyone. (We have the same situation in my country, so this is normal to me.)

    Besides, I’m sure the Cambridges can afford to have their private doctors make a house call and give Kate and baby a clean bill of health before they leave London.

    So far on twitter it’s been said:

    -no name announcement today
    -Prince Charles, Camilla, Carole, Michael and Pippa Midleton have been to Kensington Palace to meet the baby (Prince Harry is in Australia and James Middleton is mia)
    -The Queen and Prince Phillip are at Sandringham
    -Kate’s midwife, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, has been seen at Kensington Palace also

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  71. Kate, Texas, USA3 May 2015 at 19:44

    Such a fantastic and exciting day! Congratulations to the Cambridge family on the birth of the sweet princess! I hope they had a quiet and restful night at home. Their first as a family of 4! Such a special time for them....and all who were watching. :)

    Prince William did a wonderful job presenting Prince George to the media and the world. Seeing the Cambridge men together was a special treat! What a cutie little George is! He was such a good boy and listened to his daddy so well. I hope he adjusts well to having a baby sister. He really is a handsome little guy!

    William and Kate looked so relaxed and joyful. Kate was beaming and you could tell how happy they both were by their ear to ear smiles. Kate looked absolutely AMAZING. WOW! She definitely didn't look like someone who had just given birth a few hours before. So poised and gorgeous!

    The little princess is simply beautiful! Oh my stars, those sweet, chubby cheeks! What a doll! I loved the smile on William's face when he looked down at his daughter. I think she'll have her daddy wrapped around her finger. Eagerly waiting to hear the name in the coming days. Thankful for a healthy baby and family. It really was a great day!

    I posted above, but not sure it went through. Charlotte, thank you so very much for your excellent coverage and the live blog! You did a fantastic job! Hopefully you got some rest today. :)

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  72. I was overjoyed to hear the news that Duchess Kate gave birth to a beautiful baby girl!! what a joyous day and I am so happy for them. They look so happy!! The news of the day brought tears of joy to my eyes too!! I will be anxious to hear her name. Thanks for a beautiful post Charlotte!!

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  73. Oh happy day! We have a princess!!! I can hardly wait to see the mother/daughter dress alikes!! She does look different than George -- more like Kate? It's hard to tell when they are so new. Charlotte you did an awesome job as usual keeping us informed. Love the yellow dress. I'd like one like that (in the non-maternity version). Yellow is one of my favorite colors. I'd love one of her names to be Elizabeth -- that was my mother's name and I always thought it was such a classy name.

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  74. What a beautiful family Congratulations on the birth of this precious little girl,and the Duchess looks amazing. The ideal family a boy and a girl.

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  75. Balbina - Austria3 May 2015 at 22:28

    The little Princess looks like the girl version of the newborn Prince George. Only prettier and less crumpled : )
    Oh I can't wait to watch her growing up. I reckon she will be a very beautiful, charming and disciplined young lady. Very determined, like her mother. Still favour Helena as the first name. It has a strong and regal yet soft and lovely vibe.

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  76. When you look at the new Princess she does look like a past 40 week baby. I keep looking at the pictures. They are just beautiful!

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  77. From Canada...
    I just want to say a huge thank you Charlotte for the best pictures, the best video links, the best report on anything related to Duchess Kate. I have been reading your blog for quite some time now... it is my go-to place to find the best news related to Kate and her family. The new little princess looks beautiful, but for me, Prince George waving to the crowd of photographers was the most adorable!

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  78. Charlotte,
    Names can be fascinating and I was goggling the meanings and found out Charlotte can be a female version of Charles, Carol as well is a female version of the same. You have such a popular name and the punters will be over joyed for their win. I hope now or someday you will share on your blog why you were named Charlotte.
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    Serendipity, sequence, recurrence can be fascinating. Catherine married on St. Catherine’s day and her daughter is born on Catherine the Great’s birthday, I wonder if Elizabeth Catherine could be one option of the names. Catherine’s name means innocent and pure.

    Diana is much in Greek mythology. As her brother specified in her eulogy, meaning the goddess of hunting. In another translation of the name (to the ancient Romans?), it means goddess of child birth, woman.

    Mary means a wish for a child answered and of course Victoria means Victorious (although its original name means something else in German).

    A name: The one possible lasting gift to a person.

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  79. I was wondering how long it would take until the Middleton's were accused of not being as happy with this grandchild. Not long at all.

    How on earth do we compare photos of them arriving at the hospital to ones taken while they are driving in the streets of London? Perhaps they were so caught up in the excitement that they didn't sleep. Perhaps they didn't sleep for two nights when Kate was in labor. Perhaps they are not in the mood to provide smiley faces after being accused of monopolizing George not too long ago. Who knows, but it's a major stretch to accuse them of being unhappy with this baby. Major.

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    1. One can only entertain a thought Michael Middleton could have a good reason fitting no smile. The one likelihood the little girl can connect in a name to him could be limited except unless of the following.
      Frances for Francis: (female version and also Diana’s middle name).
      Olive/ia: I think that name had been in his family’s linage (also Diana wanted to name William, Oliver. It seems the closest to Olivia for a female).

      Interestingly, the other blood family visitors share a common name of different version.
      Charles, Charlotte, Carol

      I read long time ago that a new baby can not be named after a living royal family member.

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    2. But Elizabeth could be for the queen mother, no?

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    3. Correction: I read long time ago that a new baby can not be named after a living royal MONARCH.

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    4. In addition to the Queen's name, Kate and her mother have Elizabeth as their middle name, the Queen Mother was Elizabeth, and it was one of Prince Philip's mother's names. I do suspect they will use it as one of the baby's names. Princess Anne is Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise. Lady Louise is almost the reverse, Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary. Zara Phillips is Zara Anne Elizabeth. There is also her niece Isla Elizabeth Phillips. Of the Queen's female descendants, only Savannah Anne Phillips and Mia Grace Tindall do not bear the Queen's given name.

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    5. anon from Leominster4 May 2015 at 15:10

      I can't imagine Michael Middleton is concerned about the baby having a family name. It just seems very unlikely to me since the Middletons have no tradition of naming their children for family members.

      The royal family do have that tradition but whether William and Kate observe it remains to be seen. I wasn't sure that George was really named for anyone although it is a staunch royal name.

      I never heard that bit about not naming a baby for a living monarch - Victoria wanted her name and Albert's in every child's name and she was very much alive and queen at the time. Queen Mary had a daughter named Mary (although she wasn't queen when she was born - the present queen also carried her mother's name - although with no expectation she would be the heir.)

      I doubt they will use Elizabeth as the first given name just to prevent confusion - although it would be lovely if it was one of the names. And as a Pride and Prejudice fan, I did think they could call the baby Elizabeth and use Lizzie - in the same way Prince Henry is Harry. But whatever the choice - I'm sure it will be fairly traditional and lovely - and hopefully not the much overused - although pretty - Olivia.

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    6. Olivia cropped up rather strangely at the end. The only possible justification would be Kate's great grandmother Olive. But I have been wondering whether it was one of William's deliberate leaks. He perhaps wanted to find out why George and Charlotte were at the top of the bookmakers' lists long before he and Kate announced the names!

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  80. According to the DM, they have a name but will reveal it after they share it with the Queen in person. :)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden4 May 2015 at 01:55

      Yeah, According to the daily mail....... It's a fair guess, but not a source xD

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    2. It depends on the quality of the news, I guess:-)

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    3. In general that's true but since they did the same after George was born, I'd say they're probably right on this.
      It's been reported that the Queen is in Norfolk, so we might have to wait until they go there as well...

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  81. Surely this is one thread that should be free of enmity among those who comment.

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  82. love too see middleton and windsor are getting here on kp to see lil princess i know the middletons are not getting uses to the possition of their lovely kate but i know they are happy too see their grandchild

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  83. What if she's named:

    Princess Mary Elizabeth Diana

    or

    Princess Mary Elizabeth Frances

    Charlotte you should have your own poll for the name guess now before they announce it tomorrow.

    thank you.

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    1. Lekheeka,
      If one goes by a look, the baby looks like a Mary Elizabeth (she has some reminder of the present Queen Elizabeth and Charles' features especially in the car seat photo). Mary is also The Queen's grandmother’s mother whose family nick named her May (born on May 26). The same Queen Mary was dubbed “Christmas tree" for her excess of decorative jewels. Both complete names with Diana in the end make sense.

      Personally, I wish they don't put Frances in the name. To some people who associate words, names, places and incidents, it recalls France (the dying place of Diana ,and again France, the first controversial picture of Kate).

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  84. Charlotte thank you for all your hard work bringing us news as it happened. So many wonderful moments in such a short time. Lovely to see all the joy the new baby is bringing to the family, everyone here on the blog and people generally.

    I asked a friend of mine who's a press photographer about the photos of the Middleton family going to KP and he thought they just looked like they were concentrating on their driving. This was my reaction too but thought I'd check with him & get a professional view. His take was that Prince Charles would have security personnel clearing the way for him, something the Middletons wouldn't have so they'd need to be more careful making their way into KP.

    He also cautioned about trying to interpret any photo unless you have the whole sequence because their cameras take around 60 shots per second. This means they can capture a whole sequence of stills that make up an expression on a person's face but which we would never see because it all happens so fast.

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    1. Jean from Lancs4 May 2015 at 14:27

      That is what I thought too. They were turning right, so have to watch the traffic coming towards them and they turn into a narrow road where there are crowds standing and many of the press.
      Also bear in mind that they do most of their driving in rural Berkshire--driving in London is a different proposition all together.
      The Grandparents seemed to be there at the same time and over lunch- time. My bet is that Mrs Middleton was probably helping with the preparations. She doesn't seem to be the type to just sit there.

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    2. Mike Middleton looked a lot happier leaving KP!

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  85. I'm guessing Charlotte Elizabeth Frances

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  86. Jean from Lancs4 May 2015 at 14:30

    Forgot to mention names --Frances Elizabeth Caroline or any combination of the three----maybe Elizabeth first.
    She looks like an Elizabeth!

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  87. Jean from Lancs4 May 2015 at 15:04

    Official---- Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

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  88. Charlotte Elizabeth Diana - Congratulation Charlotte !!! A reward for a job well done!!

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  89. Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

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  90. Fernanda from Brazil4 May 2015 at 15:19


    The name is Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. KP posted on twitter.

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  91. Its a Charlotte - what a joy :-D

    Hugs from Austria!!!

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  92. Princess charlotte elizabeth diana

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  93. Oh my goodness Blue that is so ridiculous of people to say that they arent happy with this little girl. I would think it would be very stressful to drive thru such a crowd with paparazzi snapping away. Your friend definetly has a good pount. Thank you for sharing that! Im so excited to hear her name. Still hoping for Charlotte. :)

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  94. Anja from Germany4 May 2015 at 15:28

    Didn't I tell you she looks like a Charlotte :o))

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  95. Charlotte, your wish came true! :-) although the betting houses' certainly did not . Beautiful name! I think the nod to Diana will make so many people happy as well.

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  96. Amanda from the U.S.4 May 2015 at 15:34

    Love her name! So very perfect. I didn't know if William would use Diana or opt for Frances, wary of reducing the comparisons to his mother, but the fact that they used Diana actually made me tear up. I can't say that this name was a surprise, though. It seems so perfect, and that it makes sense. With Catherine and her mother both having "C. Elizabeth" names (and if course the Queen), Charlotte being a variant of Charles, Carole, and Pippa's middle name, it seems like the perfect choice... And Diana, of course. So lovely!

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  97. With no offence intended Charlotte, I am disappointed with the choice of first name. I was really hoping they would bring an old name, less common name back as they did with George. I liked Alice, Victoria or even Adelaide, but not to be. Maybe they might be given to baby no. 3- let's hope!

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