Royal or not, bringing a child into the world is no easy feat. However, Kate Middleton has managed to make post-delivery (and motherhood in general) look effortless three times over — though not without controversy.
While Kate is no stranger to public opinion, many are outraged over her third delivery. We share the insane measures she took to look camera-ready after giving birth to Prince Louis (page 5) and why people are so upset with her over it (page 6), plus other details about the royal baby’s birthday, ahead.
1. She gave birth to the new prince at St. Mary’s Hospital in London
- Prince Louis Arthur Charles was born on April 23, 2018 at 11:01 a.m.
Both William and Kate arrived at the St Mary’s Hospital Lindo Wing (where Kate has given birth twice before) in early labor and later welcomed Prince Louis Arthur Charles at 11:01 a.m.. The newborn prince weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces and both mother and baby were healthy and well post-delivery.
Next: How she introduced her newborn son to the public.
2. She introduced her third born to the public on the steps of the Lindo Wing
Hours after welcoming her baby prince into the world, Kate Middleton joined her husband on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London for a quick photocall.
The royal appeared to be much more at ease with the cameras flashing and new baby in tow versus her first go around with Prince George. Third time’s the charm, right?
Next: How she involved Princess Diana in the special day.
3. Her red dress paid tribute to Princess Diana
When Kate Middleton stepped out with Prince George for the first time, she donned a blue and white polka dot dress, which many believe was a tribute to the dress Princess Diana wore when Prince William was born. This time around, she was seen in another tribute dress, similar to the one Diana wore after Prince Harry’s arrival.
Although it wasn’t quite as similar as the blue dress, the bright red Jenny Packham dress featured a white lace Peter Pan-style collar, resembling the collar on Princess Diana’s red ensemble.
Next: We can’t believe the shoes she had on.
4. She was wearing heels
Just hours after giving birth, Kate stepped out of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in a pair of nude Gianvito Rossi pumps — as in, not fuzzy slippers.
Although it may seem crazy to us commoners, the royal and mother of three has some experience with the questionable post-baby shoe. She was seen wearing a pair of wedge heels after Prince George was born and again in a pair of pumps after Princess Charlotte. How does she do it?
Next: The insane thing Kate Middleton did to get camera-ready right after giving birth.
5. She went through hair and makeup after giving birth
Hours after giving birth, Kate had to sit through hair and makeup to ensure she looked presentable when introducing the baby prince on the steps of the Lindo Wing before heading home to Kensington Palace.
With her makeup done and hair perfectly blown out in her signature Kate way, it’s hard to believe the royal had given birth a mere seven hours post-delivery.
Next: She received a lot of backlash for it.
6. Kate’s post-delivery look has received a lot of backlash
According to Express, not everyone is impressed by Kate’s post-delivery look. Radio host Meshel Laurie told Australian talk show, The Project that she finds it troubling that women have stated how inspiring her put togetherness was. On top of that, mothers around the world have shared their criticism on various social media platforms, stating how unrealistic the look was and expressing concerns for unrealistic expectations for new moms.
Unfortunately, looking camera-ready for the ride home from the hospital is just another part of royalty. So, even if Kate didn’t want to get dressed and instead throw on sweats and fuzzy slippers, she wouldn’t be allowed to.
Next: It’s not the first time she’s received criticism for her post-delivery appearance.
7. Her post-baby body
When it comes to her post-delivery appearance, it seems as though Kate can do nothing right. In 2013, the royal received criticism and comments of shock after appearing on the Lindo Wing’s steps with her baby bump still intact. People couldn’t believe she still looked pregnant postpartum, which sparked conversations about what women’s bodies actually look like after giving birth.
All jokes aside, Kate must have taken the feedback seriously, as she was seen in a different dress style — one that did not cinch at the waist and therefore show off her bump — in 2015 after giving birth to Princess Charlotte. The dress she wore her third time around also camouflaged her postpartum belly.
Next: Middleton was thinking of more than just herself and her family when she brought her new baby home.
8. Middleton and William had a good reason to return home so quickly
Sure, heading home hours after giving birth may sound a little impractical. But this is the royal family, we’re talking about, and for them home is, in fact, a palace. So it’s safe to assume that access to medical care is at their fingertips.
And Middleton and William were likely doing the staff at St. Mary’s a favor. Hosting a prominent patient is almost definitely a strain on staff resources. And the entourage of photographers and well-wishers that came with Middleton likely posed logistical issues for other patients.
Besides, Middleton didn’t exactly set a precedent with her decision to return home so early.
Next: This wasn’t the first time Middleton was eager to get back home.
9. Middleton made a similar move when she gave birth to Charlotte
Back in 2015, when Middleton gave birth to Charlotte, she had a similarly short hospital stay. At that point, she was admitted for just 10 hours — long enough to have the baby, and get the show on the road.
And while women in the United States generally spend about two days in the hospital after giving birth, new mothers across the pond do it a little differently. According to one study, women in the United Kingdom average just a day and a half at the hospital before leaving.
Whatever the reason, it’s safe to assume Middleton and the new prince are in good hands — and probably happy to already be home.
Next: Prince Louis was surprisingly born with this status.
10. He was technically born as a commoner
Prince Louis may be royal, but technically, he was born as a commoner. According to Historian Marlene Koenig, “It sounds complicated, but in the UK, the only people who are not commoners are the Sovereign and peers of the realm, [people with titles like] Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, and Baron.”
That means even Prince Harry is technically a commoner — until he earns the “duke” title by marrying Meghan Markle.
Next: This is where Prince Louis stands in line for the throne.
11. He’s fifth in line for the throne
The new prince has taken Harry’s place as fifth in line for the throne. Thanks to a new law change in 2013, Princess Charlotte will stay fourth in line, ahead of her new younger brother.
Next: Prince Louis has two middle names to honor this person.
12. The new prince has two middle names
William and Middleton stuck with their own family’s tradition of giving the kids two middle names (versus three to four). Like his big brother and sister, Prince Louis has two middle names: Arthur and Charles, after his granddad and future King of England.
Additional reporting by Katherine Webb and Chelsea Leary.
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