This Is the First Thing Queen Elizabeth Did After Her Great-Grandson, Prince Louis Was Born (Plus, How She Likely Spent Her Morning)
Prince William and Kate Middleton may have had a posse of people — including, Kate’s glam squad — accompany them to the hospital on the morning of Prince Louis’ arrival, but the Queen of England was not one of them.
Up ahead, we share the first thing Queen Elizabeth II did after her great-grandson was born (page 8), plus how she likely spent the hours leading up to his arrival — including, what she was doing when he was born (page 6) — and the important thing she had to do following his birth (page 9).
1. She stayed at Windsor Castle
As she has gotten older, the queen has frequented Windsor Castle — her weekend home — more. Following her 92nd birthday festivities on April 21, 2018, the queen headed to Windsor Castle for some time away from the city.
Next: The first thing the queen does in the morning.
2. She woke up at 9 a.m. sharp
With so much on her plate, the queen never sleeps in. And the morning of her third great-grandchild’s birthday was no different. The queen had her usual 9:00 a.m. wakeup call before going about her morning routine.
Upon waking up, the queen usually enjoys a private bagpipe serenade.
Next: She always does this before breakfast.
3. She took a bath
Before breakfast, the queen always takes a bath. Drawn by one of her ladies in waiting, the queen starts her day by in a relaxing bubble bath before tending to her duties.
Next: She can’t start her day without this.
4. She sipped on Darjeeling tea
Following her bath, the queen likely sipped on her favorite pick-me-up: a cup of Darjeeling tea. Like a true Brit, the queen prefers to caffeinate with black tea before starting her day.
Next: The queen eats the same thing every morning.
5. She enjoyed her breakfast
In addition to drinking her tea, the queen most-likely enjoyed one of her go-to breakfasts: Oatmeal and cornflakes. She also always has a spread of two different types of marmalade and yogurt.
Next: She was likely doing this when she got the call about Prince Louis’ arrival.
6. She read the paper
When you’re the head of the Commonwealth, you must stay up-to-date with current events. The best way to do so? Read the paper. The queen wastes no time in the morning and always reads the paper to ensure she is fully aware of current affairs — which likely involved stories of the royal baby watch on this particular morning.
Next: Who is the first to know about a royal birth?
7. She was notified of Prince Louis’ arrival
Prior to the palace’s official announcement of the prince’s arrival, the queen — along with senior members of the royal family and the Middletons — was notified of Prince Louis’ arrival.
Since the prince was born at 11:01 a.m., it is unlikely the queen was able to get to some of her morning tasks, which involve replying to fan mail, opening the palace’s red boxes, and attending three engagements.
Next: The first thing she did after Prince Louis was born.
8. She celebrated by going horseback riding
The queen celebrated her newest great-grandson with her favorite hobby, horseback riding. At 92-years-old, the Queen of England still enjoys a ride from time-to-time (and is healthy enough to do so!). She was joined by the palace’s head groom, Terry Pendry.
Next: This had to happen before naming the royal baby.
9. She met with Prince William and Kate Middleton to discuss names
When it comes to royal baby names, the sovereign is always consulted. That said, this might not have happened on the day of Prince Louis’ arrival.
There’s no telling whether the queen met with Prince William and Kate Middleton ahead of time, or if she returned to London to take care of the important duty in person.
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