Inside St. Mary’s Hospital, Where Kate Middleton Will Give Birth to Royal Baby No. 3
Members of the British royal family get the royal treatment starting from birth. The maternity ward at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England, known as the Lindo Wing, provides patients with round-the-clock service and above all, privacy.
Keep reading to learn more about where Kate Middleton will give birth to her third child.
About the Lindo Wing
Babies have been born in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital since 1937, according to the hospital’s website. Expecting mothers receive the help of midwives and have the option to hand-pick a consultant.
Hint: Hospital staff can’t drink.
Staff must be ready at any time
“We were on call for three months,” Johanna Bray, anesthesiologist, told People. “You need to be in town and available. If you are at a party you need to have your car keys at the ready. No drinking!”
Hint: George Clooney has a connection to the Lindo Wing.
Celebrity clientele include …
Not only is the Lindo Wing famous for being the hospital where royals give birth, other celebrities choose the hospital too. Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer and wife to George Clooney, chose St. Mary’s Lindo Wing as the place to give birth to twins in 2017.
Hint: Why Prince William’s birth qualifies as a historic moment.
Princess Diana was the first royal to give birth in a hospital
Unlike other members of the British royal family before her, Princess Diana chose to give birth to in a hospital rather than at a royal residence. Unbeknownst to him, Prince William made history by becoming “the first future king to be born in a hospital,” according to Good Housekeeping.
Hint: At Prince George’s birth, Kate Middleton makes sure the world remembers Princess Diana.
Kate Middleton pays homage to Princess Diana
Kate Middleton paid homage to her late mother-in-law after the birth of her first child, Prince George, in 2013. During the traditional photo-op on the steps of the Lindo Wing, Kate Middleton donned a blue and white polka dot dress similar to what Princess Diana wore for Prince William’s photo-op on the same steps.
Hint: The Lindo Wing is known for being extremely private.
Patients pay for privacy
“The most vital thing the Lindo offers is discretion, with each new mother ensconced in her own en-suite room equipped with high-speed internet, radio, safe, fridge, and television,” Karen Yossman, who gave birth in the Lindo Wing, wrote in The Telegraph. “I didn’t see or hear another patient during the entirety of my stay.”
Hint: The maternity ward offers hotel-like amenities.
Expect champagne and waiters
Perks of giving birth in the Lindo Wing include a menu of champagne and wine to toast newborns, and a waiter to take breakfast, lunch, and dinner orders. All the food is made is the wing’s dedicated kitchen. In true English fashion, they offer tea service. And a night nursery so mothers can rest.
Hint: A small crowd will be in the delivery room.
The Lindo Wing is never short-staffed
“At Princess Charlotte‘s birth, she [Kate Middleton] had two midwives, two obstetricians, three anesthesiologists, four surgical staff members, two special care staffers, four pediatricians, and a lab technician,” according to Good Housekeeping. Kate Middleton will also have a hair stylist and make-up artist at the ready for the photo-op on the steps.
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