And now there are three children in the Cambridge family.
Monday morning Kensington Palace announced Kate had been admitted to the hospital shortly after 3 am EDT, 8 am in London. Well-wishers, royal watchers, and media started gathering immediately. If this looked like a lot of media…..
…it was the tip of the iceberg.
There was an audible cheer several hours later when it was announced that Kate had a baby boy.
William stayed with Kate at the hospital until school was over for Prince George; mid-afternoon (London time) he then headed to Kensington Palace.
The Duke of Cambridge departs St Mary’s Hospital to see Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace. pic.twitter.com/qOwD4uepgB
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018
When he returned, he brought both children, as many hoped.
And it was time for Prince George and Princess Charlotte to meet their new brother.
It had to have been a daunting scene. But both children took it in stride as seen in this video from the Today show. (Check Charlotte’s waving skills!)
So cute! Prince William arrives at the hospital with Prince George and Princess Charlotte to visit their new baby brother. pic.twitter.com/vHYf6ezY0l
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 23, 2018
Charlotte more than took it in stride; she wowed the crowd with her royal wave…
… and then a smile, prompting many to comment on her resemblance to her great-grandmother.
We didn’t see the children again; I am presuming they left by another entrance, perhaps with Nanny Maria Borrallo. Then we met the littlest Cambridge.
After introducing the Prince to the world, it was time for the Duke, Duchess, and Prince to head home.
Now we’ll take a look at what the children wore for the family’s big day. We begin with Baby Cambridge, who left the Lindo Wing wrapped in a GH Hurt and Sons shawl, as has been the tradition for 70+ years.
However, there was a small change with this baby; we saw a different style shawl than that used with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The new design was only recently introduced by the company; it is called the Nottingham Lace Knitted Baby Shawl. More from the Nottingham Post’s story:
Gillian Taylor, a director of the company, said: “I quickly glanced at the news and realised they had come out from the hospital with the baby wrapped in one of our shawls.
“We are delighted that they have chosen this one, it is a new design we made recently and only just put online.
A reminder of the 2013 and 2015 shawl.
You may remember that when Prince George went home, he was bare-headed. Charlotte was in the little Irulea hat that turned out to have been on backward. UPDATE: Today’s little hat or bonnet is also by Irulea. Many thanks to Sara for letting me know!
Now to what Charlotte wore.
She was in a beautiful blue dress by a label called Little Alice London, according to this Telegraph story. The brand is the creation of a friend of Kate’s from her days at Marlborough College, Alice Avenel.
More from Emily Cronin’s story in The Daily Telegraph:
Formerly Alice St John Webster, she married Gerald Avenel, a French banker, in 2012; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton attended the wedding.
The traditional smocked dresses designs are perfectly aligned with the way the Duchess has dressed Charlotte since the princess’s earliest public appearances. The youngest royals’ vintage-style outfits have driven a renaissance in tiny button-down shirts, smocked dresses and pint-sized peacoats that almost matches the selling power of their mother’s Jenny Packham dresses and L.K.Bennett heels.
Two pieces by the company.
More from the Little Alice ‘About’ page:
I am a London based mother of 3 with a passion for smocking…. my clever mother kept all of my beautiful smocked dresses from when I was a child but I found it very hard to find affordable dresses and rompers to add to my collection.
My children wear smocked clothes all the time, not just for special occasions. All the Little Alice collections are machine washable and 100% cotton so can be worn every day.
Other pieces by the company.
Charlotte’s dress features all of the design elements we have seen in previous pieces she has worn: the frock is crafted in an all-cotton floral print with smocking at the bodice, puffed sleeves, a Peter Pan collar and a bow or sash at the back. Here is a closer look at the detailing, which is really lovely. In this case, the collar is piped in the fabric used for the dress.
Charlotte’s dress is sold out (I imagine most of the Little Alice designs will sell out fairly quickly if they haven’t already), but here is how it was shown on Instagram.
Similar styles seen on the company’s website.
The Telegraph reports Charlotte’s cardigan is by a familiar brand, Amaia Kids.
It is the Amaia ‘Rose Cardigan’ in navy ($60.75). The sweater is 100% cotton, with a square neckline and single Mother of Pearl button at the front. It is also available in rose.
Charlotte’s shoes are an unknown at this point. A classic Mary Jane style, I initially thought they were by Trotters, but with the help of George G. and his excellent ID skills, it’s clear that isn’t the case.
I have looked at a number of the brands we have seen Charlotte wear before and come up empty-handed at this point. George has a very interesting theory: he wonders if perhaps Charlotte is in a pair of Harry’s old shoes. Initially, I thought this unlikely, but when looking at close-ups of the shoes, they do not appear new.
Additionally, George discovered some vintage Start Rite shoes on eBay; there are several older pair available on the auction site. Below left, you see Charlotte’s sole and on the right, the soles from a vintage pair with the same vee indentation. I will contact Start Rite to see if they can tell us anything about Charlotte’s Mary Janes.
Charlotte’s anklets look like another pair of the Perle Socks with Openwork Cuff we have seen the Princess in previously. Our friends at Classical Child offer the sock and ship internationally; if sold out they say to click on the “email me when available” button on the page and you will be notified when they are back in stock. A similar style is offered at La Coqueta. Charlotte’s hair bow looks like it is also from Amaia Kids, the retailer’s Medium Hair Bow in ‘capri.’
George was in his Thomas’s Battersea school uniform, covered in more detail in this post.
I have not yet had time to look for the shoes George was wearing.
It was a treat to see the children’s smiling faces.
And a delight to see happy faces all around. Congratulations, Kate and William!
We will update with additional info as we have it, and have at least one more post later this week when we have news of a name for the baby.