We still don’t know the name of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new baby. It was expected to be announced Tuesday or Wednesday, however with the latter being Anzac Day it wasn’t wholly surprising that Kensington Palace held off. That they still haven’t made an announcement means that this will be the longest gap between a birth and a name announcement for any of William and Kate’s children.
While abnormal for today’s generation, there was a week delay back in 1982 when William was born and a month delay in 1948 when the Prince of Wales was born. Fingers crossed this is wrapped up tomorrow and the lag is only to allow some family stragglers to make it over to KP ahead of time.
One such family member appears to be Charles himself. He was in Scotland privately on the day his new grandson was born and flew directly to France so as to be on the ground for a remembrance ceremony on Wednesday. As far as we know he’s back in London now, so presumably he and the Duchess of Cornwall be making it over to KP sooner rather than later.
Quite possibly they haven’t made up their minds yet? Unlikely, but royal reporter Rebecca English tweeted the below:
Btw, I didn’t mention this on Monday, but many are taking Kate’s dress to leave hospital as an homage to the late Princess of Wales, who wore a similar (albeit 80s-style) dress when she brought Prince Harry home. Personally, I agree with them. Some are saying this might be a subtle nod that the Cambridges are done having children, and while they might be, I don’t think that’s what this is. Kate wore polka dots when Prince George was born as Diana did with William – I think the matching on Monday was more to note the birth of a second son and less the “youngest child,” per se. If they truly didn’t know the gender of the baby, she likely had this and another dress picked out – for that matter, she may well have had this made alongside the yellow back in 2015 before Charlotte’s birth.
By all accounts, life for the newborn is going pretty well. According to remarks made by his father during an Anzac Day ceremony on Wednesday, “Sleeping’s going reasonably well so far, so he’s behaving himself which is good news.”
He’s also already enjoyed a pretty long list of visitors. On Tuesday, Kate’s younger sister, Pippa, was spotted driving in and out of KP to see her new nephew. Last weekend news broke that Pippa, who has been married nearly a year to James Matthews, is pregnant with her first child and due this October.
William’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, was also seen driving through the gates, though since she lives within the KP compound she may not have actually going to visit at that very moment.
On Wednesday, Kate’s younger brother, James Middleton, was also spotted coming by.
Meanwhile, Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton, took over George’s school run on Wednesday afternoon while William was over at the Abbey with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Speaking of the engaged couple, we’ve not seen photos of them coming and going, but I think it’s safe to say they’ve been by to see the new baby.
As for when we’ll get proper photos of the new baby, time will tell. George was about a month old when William and Kate released a family shot taken by her father, Michael Middleton, at the Middleton home in Bucklebury. Charlotte was also about a month old when photos were released of her and George – the images were taken by Kate herself at Anmer Hall. So, it may well be a few more weeks until X gets his first photo call, but then again, Charlotte’s third birthday is next Wednesday and we usually get at least one updated image of each child to mark the occasion.
Nine days would certainly be fast, but I think it’s safe to say there’s a healthy appetite to see all three Cambridge kids together!
Meanwhile in wedding news (aka the next big royal event on the horizon), KP announced this morning that Harry asked William to be his Best Man. Not exactly a surprise and, frankly, I think we’d rather have had a name!
Sounds like it’s going to be one hell of a toast:
Anyway, there won’t be a historical post this week because work has been a bit nutty, but we’ll return to it next week and there are several planned over the course of May.