We’re feeling positively in the pink over at Sloanie HQ with the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their baby daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, into the world on Saturday. The baby – who is now fourth in line to the British throne – will be known officially as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
Kate was admitted to the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London at 6am on Saturday 2nd May, and gave birth to her little Princess just two and a half hours later. It all happened over spring holiday weekend in the UK, so the nation had plenty to celebrate over the bonus three-day weekend.
A crowd of thousands – some who had been camping outside the hospital for the past week – spent all of Saturday in a state of right Royal revelry. Fans erupted into cheers and energetic waving of flags when Prince William left the hospital later that morning and returned shortly afterwards with Prince George, ready to visit his new baby sister for the first time. Check out the little Prince’s first Royal wave!
But the biggest cheers came later that afternoon when the little Princess made her first Royal appearance, just ten hours old. In a scene almost identical to Prince George’s presentation to the world in July 2013, William and Kate descended the steps of the Lindo Wing and waved for fans and the world’s press. A few minutes later the three hopped into their family car and headed back to Kensington Palace for their first night together as a family of four.
The Queen, out on a Royal engagement in North Yorkshire on the day of the Princess’ birth, appeared head-to-toe in pink – and a big smile. The Princess’ name, hotly speculated for months with Charlotte, Alexandra, Alice and Elizabeth all big favorites, was announced on Bank Holiday Monday: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. A name which honors many women in her ancestry, Charlotte is her Aunt Pippa’s middle name and the feminine form of Charles (William’s fathers name), whilst Elizabeth is the middle name of her grandmother Carole as well as – obviously – her great grandmother, the Queen of England. Diana was a name many had hoped to see appear somewhere in the Princess’ naming, in memory of her other grandmother, William’s beloved late mother who was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
Kate showed characteristic brand loyalty with her going home outfit: a buttercup print silk shift dress custom designed by Jenny Packham, who also created Kate’s blue polka dot dress for taking Prince George home from hospital in 2013. And, of course, her trusty nude patent heels.
So as the Cambridges depart for their new family home Anmer Hall in Norfolk, the next big question is this: who will the couple choose as Godparents? Prince George was given no less than seven with just one member of the Royal family making the cut. Odds are looking good for either Princess Beatrice or her sister Eugenie. Ladies and Gentlemen, place your bets…