The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge debut their third child outside the Lindo Wing

Duchess of Cambridge & Prince William leaving St. Mary's hospital with newborn baby boy.

I’m so glad that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have kept a really truncated schedule for everything baby-related today. She went into labor early this morning, they arrived at the hospital around 6 am, Kensington Palace confirmed her arrival at the hospital, and then gave birth five hours after her arrival at the hospital. Everything has moved very smoothly, and they used a similar day-long timeline as they did when Princess Charlotte was born. I was absolutely relieved that Kate had no complications, and she would be leaving the hospital less than 12 hours after she arrived.

Will and Kate and Baby Boy Cambridge left the hospital just before 6 pm London-time. Natasha Archer, Kate’s long-suffering stylist (“MORE BUTTONS!” Kate yells constantly), must have dropped off this dress hours earlier, when Archer visited. It’s a bespoke dress by Jenny Packham, and it has that vintage-y feel that Kate loves. One part Victorian, one part ‘80s-throwback to Diana. I’m surprised she wore red, honestly. I’m not surprised that the dress involved a collar which looks like a doily.

Anyway, Kate looks absolutely glowing and beautiful – I’ve always thought she looks her prettiest when she’s pregnant, and just like with Charlotte’s birth, Kate just looked happy and relaxed. The Cambridges have gone back to Kensington Palace, and I assume that at some point in the next week, Kate and the baby will decamp to either Middleton Manor in Bucklebury or Anmer Hall. We’ll see. I’m also assuming the Queen will visit them at Kensington Palace tomorrow, and we’ll probably/maybe learn the name tomorrow? Fingers crossed for Prince T’Challa Arthur Albert Lupo!

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Catherine Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to her third child, St Mary's Hospital, London

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  1. Violet says:

    Lovely photos – she looks great and they both look genuinely thrilled.

  2. homeslice says:

    Dress is interesting…but she looks happy and beautiful today! Congrats to them!!

  3. me says:

    Is this woman human? I’ve never been pregnant, but that seems really impressive. To have given birth this morning, and you’re already in heels and a dress posing for pics by dinner time lol? What the?

  4. Sequinedheart says:

    Beautiful. Red and white for St.Georges day. They look very happy! Must have been an easy (as easy as can be) labor.

  5. LB says:

    Wow – no way I would have been able to walk so well, so quickly after the birth of any of my three kiddos. My hats off to her, she looks amazing!

  6. Adele Dazeem says:

    She looks great. And real, I might add. Healthy, happy, postpartum. No surrogate tin foil hat conspiracies, thankfully. Also nice to see it looks like the wiglets did not make an appearance. See Kate, you don’t need all that to look beautiful! Just be you.

  7. Citresse says:

    The last time we saw a British royal woman with baby, wearing red leave the hospital was Diana with Harry. And Harry is a ginger. Could it be the new baby is a ginger????? I hope so

  8. Millenial says:

    Three of these photo ops later, I still can’t imagine putting on panty hose hours after birth, let alone full hair and makeup. Bless her.

    She looks lovely here, congrats to them.

  9. MrsBump says:

    Congratulations to them! Kate looks incredible for someone who just gave birth mere hours ago. Dress is cute too, and the red suits her.

  10. mia girl says:

    Wow – she looks better 11 hours after giving birth to her third than I do 11 years after having mine.

  11. booRadley says:

    she looks amazing, and so happy. congrats to them both, they sure do procreate well :)

  12. Becks says:

    I’m glad the birth was smooth and they can all go home!

    I like red on her, but am meh to that collar. Oh well. I’ll get over it.

    I think she looks great. Some were saying she looks tired or annoyed but I don’t really see it (beyond the normal “I just had a baby and I’m tired” look.)

  13. Jayna says:

    She looks a little tired but very, very pretty and happy.

  14. MyLittlePony says:

    Congratulations! I have my doubts about Kate, but she wins hands down in this baby business. Props to anyone who leaves the hospital on the very same day in heels (!) regardless of how much help and privilege is involved.

    • Cerys says:

      Agree with you. I’m not a fan of Kate but I wouldn’t criticise her today. She looks well and happy. I know she has every type of help imaginable but I take my hat off to any woman who can walk out in heels and makeup a few hours after giving birth.

  15. kellyrae says:

    She look amazing! And the baby is very cute and I think he looks a lot like George.

  16. Eleonor says:

    I find interesting that the Middletons are nowhere to be seen.

  17. harla says:

    Congratulations to the happy family! I do wonder though if they’ll be able to leave for Anmer Hall or Berkshire Manor since both of the kids are in school? I imagine that they’ll have to stay put in London until the school year ends.

  18. jeanne says:

    OK, i have never bought into the kate single white femaie-ing Diana thing but OMG. when Diana walked out with her second son she was wearing a red dress with a white peter pan collar. It’s weird! she looks great but the dress is freaking me out!!

  19. Michelle says:

    She looks beautiful, the baby is very sweet and she and William both look ecstatic.

  20. minx says:

    I saw a closeup of the baby’s face somewhere, he’s a little cutie. Kate looks unbelievably good, love the red.

  21. Lala says:

    Pregnancy SO AGREES WITH HER!!!!! She always looks so lovely afterwards…and I MARVEL at her not spending even a DAY in the hospital! Even if money wasn’t a thang…they would have to KICK ME OUT!

  22. Lana says:

    I barely care about the RBF, but I always love this sort of thing. I’m trying with my boyfriend and it’s all so beautiful to see any couple look so happy and welcome a new baby. I also love being able to share these moments with you guys!

  23. Carrie says:

    I can’t believe that she can walk in heels so quickly after giving birth! Impressive! After my first son’s birth, it took me a few days to not creep along, hunched over in pain. She looks very happy.

  24. Plum says:

    Kate looks stunning, so healthy and happy. She has a very hard time at the beginning of her pregnancies with HG, but then she seems to have very easy, quick childbirths. Good for her!

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they had a fourth one in a couple of years. If not, I’m pretty sure by this next year we’ll be back with Harry and Meghan’s first.

    As for names, I vote for Thomas, Alfred, or Frederick (or something more interesting like Leopold or Edmund), but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be Arthur because W&K seem to always pick the popular choice. My personal favourite would be John (Jack) but I believe they can’t use that name, sadly. It would be cool if he had a middle name inspired by the fact he was born on St George’s day (and William Shakespeare’s birthday).

    • Egla says:

      I believe that too. I think she will pause longer this time but eventually she will have a forth. Anyway congrats to them on the new baby. She really looked beautiful and happy. I remember reading a piece from Diana that said that when she came out of the hospital for the first time she was in so much pain because of the stitches but had to put on a brave face. I hope she is in some pain med but don’t know if they are given after natural birth.
      My SIL gave birth at 24 to her first child. Mild labor for 4 hours, easily delivery with no tearing and yet for 2 days she was like a zombi. She walked funny to. So this thing of dressing up and in heels is a thing of heroes for me. But also strange as I have seen other royal new mothers get out quickly of the hospital but not all made up like Kate.
      Congrats again.

    • Carmen says:

      I like Thomas and Edmund but I wouldn’t wish Leopold on my worst enemy.

      Read up about King Leopold of Belgium sometime.

      • Plum says:

        I know very well who Leopold II was, but he was only one of the many people in history who bore that very old name. It’s fairly common in Europe and even in francophone Africa. It’s like saying you should ban the name Joseph because of Stalin.

        That being said, I only suggested it because it’s a royal way to get to the very popular name Leo, and the Cambridges seem to favour popular names.

  25. Feeshalori says:

    They do produce beautiful children. Congratulations to the happy family. And little Prince T’Challa has the look of his grandad Charles with his rosy cheeks and sandy brows.

  26. klutzy_girl says:

    So cute! Can’t wait to hear his name, which I still think will be Arthur Philip Henry.

    Cannot believe I sat and watched that stupid door for hours again, and it likely won’t be the last time either because of Harry and Meghan.

  27. Lucy says:

    “Prince T’Challa Arthur Albert Lupo” YES, PLEASE. Seriously, congrats to them. They both look radiant.

  28. ChrissyMS says:

    This is the worst part of het job. To put on a dress and heels with a hospital grade pad underneath. All for the world to see! She did an excellent job getting through it. Seemed windy for the baby also.

  29. Elena says:

    She looks lovely! Just wondering if a nurse goes home with them? I thought it was standard to be in the hospital at least 2 nights to make sure there is no bleeding, etc? I stayed for three nights with my daughter. Anyway, congrats!

    • Anastasia says:

      I wondered that, too, but I’m sure she has excellent medical help on call.

    • Anika says:

      In Denmark most second or third times mothers gets “kicked out” after 3-6 hours.

    • Hestia says:

      In the UK you can leave after 6 hours as long as mum and baby are ok and there’s no complications.

    • PrincessK says:

      I am sure there will be a nurse, she will have daily medical care for a week.

    • Amelie says:

      3 nights seems a bit excessive if you had a routine birth. I don’t know if they make you stay longer for C-sections but my mom gave birth to me and my sister vaginally and was home the very next day. They need those beds for other laboring moms!

    • graymatters says:

      European nurses go to the homes to check on mother and child, though, right? In the U.S. we don’t have that, so we have to stay (or I did with mine, 17+ years ago) 24 hours. Then a week or so later it’s a big production to get everyone ready for check-ups.

      It’s one reason our healthcare is so expensive and inadequate at the same time.

      • Lady D says:

        In BC the nurse comes to your house, usually 2-5 days after you bring the baby home. There is no charge for this. They check the baby, ask about your health, weigh the child, etc. She pointed out to me that my baby already knew me by the way he was staring at me. Being a first time mom, this was something I hadn’t realized, and it was quite thrilling.
        The kindergarten teacher came to the house before he started. She said there was a two-fold reason for it. One, the child would be less likely to panic if they knew the teacher before they had to stay in the classroom with her and two, she thought children would be better behaved with her because they knew the teacher had been to their house and was friends with their parents.

    • Kalani says:

      I live in Canada and my dil went into hospital after going into labour(though I think she laboured at home for a few hours) at about noon, at 3 pm it was time for her to push and at 3:30 my stepson came down the hall to tell us it’s a girl! At 4:30 we visited & she wanted a Tylenol & a sub sandwich. By 10:00 pm she & baby were discharged & went home. Amazing.

    • LizLem says:

      US here…my son was born at 9am, at 3am the next morning the nurse came in to show us how to do a sponge bath, do a hearing test, and check one more set of labs on him, and at 7am the next morning we were being given discharge papers. So 22 hours later and we were gone. Would have loved to stay longer though and been given a chance to rest!

  30. ChrissyMS says:

    Also, I love that dress!!

  31. alittlesugar says:

    Wow new baby boy sure is a heavy (and cute!) one. I think he looks like George with Charlotte’s cheeks, though he could look very different next time a photo is released. Just a name left now!

    As for Kate’s dress, I think it being red and white is an appropriate gesture to it being St. George’s day. She has done colour co-ordinating depending on days before, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this was intentional.

  32. Case says:

    She looks beautiful. Blows my mind how she bounces back so quickly.

  33. Sarah says:

    Good Lord- my hat is off to this woman! I looked like an extra from the Walking Dead after I gave birth!

  34. SlightlyAnonny says:

    So I go back and forth with Kate, I got no problem with social climbing (I think it’s admirable in some cases) I genuinely wish she was less of a cypher and would take a more active role in the monarch that she worked so hard to join BUT I always like her on baby day. She always wears an outfit that clearly shows she is a woman who just had a baby, she never pretends she just bounced back immediately after birth. It’s a little thing, but I like it. Long Live Prince T’Challa Arthur!

  35. Betsy says:

    I don’t think their kids are cute (don’t @ me; I don’t), but their babies are adorable. I want to eat those little cheeks!

    • noway says:

      I think all babies and little kids should be cute to someone. These three certainly have their fans though. I guess it comes with being royal, and generally your parents think you are cute or at least mostly cute. Someone got a great close up of the baby and I agree he does have very pinchable cheeks.

    • jwoolman says:

      Have to admit, talk of pinching baby’s cheeks especially combined with “I could eat you up!” makes me cringe. Maybe because I’m a vegetarian living with obligate carnivores, but cheek pinching sounds like checking that the meat is tender and fresh…. :) I am very aware that to my roommates, I am corn-fed and very tasty.

  36. Mumbles says:

    She looks great, and happy as well. I remember the footage of Diana leaving with her babies and she always looked a little shell-shocked and exhausted.

    I would have liked the dress with a peter-pan collar. Sans collar might have been too stark.

  37. Unoriginal Commenter says:

    I saw the video and caught a glimpse of little Prince T’Challa Arthur‘s hand and profile and my ovaries burst.

    Reminder to self: I do not want a 4th baby. I do not want a 4th baby.

  38. Amelie says:

    Have to give her credit for wearing heels the day she gives birth. The dress is very meh, I preferred the dresses she wore for George and Charlotte’s introductions to the world but that is not the point. Can’t wait to hear the name of the baby and who he turns out looking like. Her post-partum body will probably bounce back like in her previous pregnancies. Jealous!

  39. Blonde555 says:

    What a beautiful baby. Kate is glowing. Awesome news.

  40. Anastasia says:

    Everyone brings up a good point I’d like to ask about: I haven’t seen video, so is she actually walking normally???

    I had a baby about the size of hers when I was 24 years old (younger = bounce back faster) and I couldn’t walk normally for a day or two. I walked a bit hunched over and sort of shuffled.

    Then again my labor was 36 hours. Is it because she didn’t labor long? I just can’t imagine walking normally mere hours after pushing a nearly 9 pound human out my vag. And I’ve HAD a baby!!! It’s not from a lack of imagination! Also, I still had an IV in until about 8 hours after the birth, for fluids.

    P.S. Don’t get me wrong–it’s actually good, if you’ve had a vaginal birth, to get up and move around as soon as you are able. Faster recovery, healthy blood circulation, etc. But to walk normally and in heels? Yikes.

    • noway says:

      I would have difficulty with heels on a normal day. Yes Kate is very impressive with this. Still I know younger and more fit bounce back better, but after I had my baby with 72 hours of labor I felt and looked pretty good. Plus I felt so good after the baby was out of my body, I was ready to just move. Sure younger, fitter is better, but it just depends on the woman and that pregnancy. Obviously, she had a fairly routine birth as you can tell by the time she was in the hospital.

      Honestly, I think Kate has it down now too. She knows how to do the show the baby show. It’s quick, she smiles and looks happy. People give her a lot of crap, but she really has the logistics of all of this with her children down. Good thing she has help, because a house of five you are officially outnumbered and they are so close in age. Mutiny could be a coming.

    • Egla says:

      She moved with caution for sure and also Will actually helped her a little. He even touched her and hold her hand down the stairs. That said, she managed to walk in heels with her body straight up smiling and looking fantastic. I really hope there are pain med involved. If not she put on a great show for us and I feel sorry.

      I think she endures most of her labor at home so we don’t really know how long she suffered. A girl I knew went to the hospital because she was 2 weeks late and they decided to induce her the next day. Meanwhile she was in her bed and was feeling a little uncomfortable and when the nurse went to check on her the baby’s head was getting out and she was on the phone playing farm ville and in no pain at all. She still tells the story that she felt “a little more discomfort” when the shoulders arrived. God knows each woman is different. I don’t know if, when and how am I going to have a baby but I know I will suffer. It’s my luck

  41. ASHBY says:

    I think she looks wonderful, I wish them the absolute best.

    I don’t know how she does it, but Kate looks great, not even 24 hours after giving birth.

    They both look happy.

    I find their children very pretty and I have no doubts that this little peanut will be so too.

    I have no understanding why she is wearing such heels, she is constantly trying to look taller than she is, even just after giving birth after a few hours ago.

    The dress is the matronly kind she seems to prefer.

  42. Avery says:

    I am guessing she didn’t have an epidural and went natural. I had an epidural and didn’t have feelings in my legs for hours. I am just amazed how she is up and dressed with hair done and makeup. Kudos to her!

    • Sofija says:

      I had an epidural and felt fine in my legs after giving birth to my 4,2 kg large son :) I did’t even knew about epidural (first child I was young and naive) but my doctor recomended because I was small woman with really big big belly :) I wouldn’t do it any other way I will admit that :) The most important thing is always that mother and child are fine…wishing all the best to Kate and Will and their cute baby! And all the best to all moms here on CB! You are all wonderful!!!

    • PrincessK says:

      Well, I am wondering if she had chosen to be induced today.

      • Michelle says:

        I think so too. There was so much talk about how it would be today and I think with the wedding so soon, she didn’t want to risk being late and getting even closer to the wedding, so they agreed on an induction on her due date and might explain the fast labor, I know a few people who were induced and had the baby within a cou Or hours (and some who didn’t).

      • Trashaddict says:

        Induction if you aren’t already primed for labor can take 1 or 2 days and leave you exhausted. So I really doubt that.

  43. Leyton says:

    I don’t like the dress on Kate. Apparently it’s supposed to be paying homage to Diana when she wore red after giving birth to Harry. I personally think she looks silly. I would expect something like this on Charlotte, to be honest.

    Other than that, they look happy for congrats to them.

  44. HK9 says:

    She looks amazing and everyone looks happy. That girl is a trooper because I don’t think I’d look THAT good after childbirth.

  45. Pandy says:

    She looks beautiful and they all look happy. That baby is SO TINY. Welcome to earth little human!! Congratulations to them.

  46. Veronica S. says:

    Girl…c’mon, I think the public would give you a break to show up in flats and no pantyhose after pushing a baby out less than six hours earlier.

  47. M.A.F. says:

    Is this the norm now? Have a kid then a few hours later go home? It’s great for all of them that everything went well & everyone is doing great health wise but it just seems odd.

  48. kNY says:

    My friend’s mom (oddly the friend looks like a blond Kate) told me that she never felt better than directly after she had each of her kids. I was like, “Awwww!” and then she added, “I had finally gotten rid of that TUMOR and felt so light! I could breathe again!” That she referred to her newborns as tumors was pretty much in line with her personality.

    • Summer says:

      Yes! For those with HG, there is an immediate relief as soon as the baby pops out. All those months of nausea, vertigo and flulike feeling are instantly wiped away. It feels soooo good!!

      For me, this resulted in a postpartum euphoria that lasted four months with each of my four girls. Seriously, I was high on life and baby smells, begging my husband for another baby while still in the hospital. (Oddly, he wasn’t as thrilled with the idea.) Around four months pp, the sleep deprivation would catch up to me, and I’d slowly come back down to normal.

      I’ve always kind felt guilty that my first months of new motherhood are so joyful when they’re so difficult for others. But after puking for 9 months each time, I kinda earned a silver lining. And now these pics make me want a fifth …

      • AmandaPanda says:

        I was the same! I was in the Lindo for a week as had a v complicated birth ending in an emergency c section & haemmoraghe, but even through all of that I felt great. I couldn’t figure out why until a couple of days post partum when they brought the menu around at breakfast and I realised I didn’t feel SICK anymore. Hallelujah! It made the first 2-3 months absolutely blissful.

  49. Miasys says:

    My goodness but she is Glowing! She looks like she just left the spa. I looked like the wrath of God after both of mine. Congratulations to them!

  50. Eileen says:

    I’m old enough to remember Diana,Princess of Wales leaving so fast after birth and the palace spokesperson said “Its the fashionable thing to do” when questioned-I’d want to get back to my palace and servants vs a hospital

  51. Bailie says:

    Kate looks wonderful. Leaving the hospital in heels with newborn looks silly to me. What is the point?

  52. lobbit says:

    They look so happy! And look at them holding hands in that one pic. Nice!

  53. liriel says:

    I didn’t like her first but I have to admit – she was born for this role. Royal family hit a jackpot with her. A few hours after giving birth and she looks stunning. Delivering babies is her strongest suit and the most important role she was given. I have no idea how she can look this great and walk in heels, just wow! I believe she’s really happy. She was born to be a great housewife and now I see she’ll be a nice queen – private, good looking, love babies. We’ll see about work ethics but in a few years none of waity katy will matter.

  54. Call_Me_Al says:

    Interesting how in the U.S. they require new moms to be pushed out in wheelchairs (feels so silly when it happens to you), and in the UK they let them walk out, holding the baby in heels! It’s just a sign of our litigious culture in the US!

  55. Bitsy says:

    All babies look alien but that is one cute squeezy MUFFIN! OMGeorge! Their cutest newborn yet. And for the walking in heels and hose after birth…. you really never know what’s going on with a post partum woman. I was hopped up on drugs after giving birth, walking around the hospital like I was princess of Grey Gardens in a sun dress and chandelier earrings,admiring my own strength and almost dlat tummy. When I got home, the drugs wore off, mom left, and baby screamed all night and I started to plot how I’d divorce my hubby and give him full custody in exchange for never seeing any of them again. Good times.

  56. klutzy_girl says:

    And Middleton no longer looks like a word (had to Google if I was spelling it right even though I knew I was).

  57. Vava says:

    I think this tradition of walking out like this is really odd. They should be allowed to just go home privately and not go through this spectacle. They can show the baby later.

  58. NYCTYPE says:

    She looks lovely, glowing and happy. That red color looks great on her, although I don’t like the dress. Too matronly and the doily collar is not good. I don’t get the heels, seems strange.

  59. Claire says:

    They look so happy. Kate is beautiful esp after just giving birth. Is she human?

  60. Trillian says:

    All I can imagine is her wearing those post-partum panties and diaper thingies. So I am really glad I didn‘t have to wear a dress and heels right after giving birth.

  61. Erica says:

    Well, I wore maternity jeans, an old T-shirt and gigantic absorbent hospital panties when I went home from the hospital after giving birth. She looks pretty good to me.

  62. Natalie S. says:

    Should I start a conspiracy theory? Kate actually gave birth at home and they faked that the baby was born in the hospital to avoid public opinion on home births. That’s why she can walk in heels. Baby was born, let’s say a month ago.

    I am absolutely completely kidding.

    Kate looks amazing. William and Kate both look like old pros at this now and it’s really nice to see.

  63. Berry says:

    Kate is glowing. I thought that she looked her most beautiful after Charlotte’s birth, but she looks equally wonderful here as well.

    William seemed really affectionate with her today on the steps. He was rubbing his hand up and down her back. That amount of touching in public is unusual for them.

    Can’t wait to see what they name the little guy.

  64. Hildog says:

    OK normally I have my issues with Kate and he “work ethic”, but THIS is her work. And she’s freaking killing it! Hurts my nether region and I haven’t birthed no babies!

  65. Justwastingtime says:

    Omg bad memories.

    I left the hospital 18 hours after my first who was four weeks early. The next day I walked 20 blocks to pick up a nursing bra (we lived in nyc) and it was a memorably painful trip.

    My mother was surprised that I took a cab back to the apartment after the errand. Had to remind her that back in the day she stayed in the hospital for a full week each time she gave birth

  66. KLO says:

    They all look so happy! I am glad and I am happy for them too.

  67. Pamsicle says:

    Lol. You know she’s wearing those giant mesh underwear under that dress!!

  68. Nilo says:

    I wonder if she had a nap in between the birth and getting ready for the press? It’s quite oimpressive that she looks so good…although after an easy birth you are not as tired as after a very long labour.
    My first took almost 24 hours, my second only 4 hours in total. The difference was amazing – although I went home immediately afterwards with both.

  69. Kitty says:

    Will she have a fourth? No offense but I think people would be upset to pay for another child lifestyle if they have a fourth one.

    • alittlesugar says:

      @KITTY, I doubt they’ll have a fourth. Kate has always seemed to want 3 children, as that’s what she felt comfortable with coming from a family of 3 siblings.
      William made it known that he wanted 2 children, and I have a feeling he wasn’t expecting/eager for a third child as much as Kate was. Of course he looks delighted now that baby has arrived, but early on in the pregnancy Kate said something about him being in denial. So a potential fourth child would be even more unexpected for both of them.
      Plus they are 36 this year – I think they just got on with having their third now as they didnt want to have it later as they near their 40s? I think this is their last.

  70. Apple says:

    I never got why its necessary for British royal mothers to step out in full dress and make-up only hours after giving birth. She must be so uncomfortable. Most new mothers i’ve known spend the first few days resting and in pyjamas.
    I think its kind of sad that one of the first people you have to see is your stylist.

    When our Dutch royal couple had their children it was the king who presented the baby at the hospitals main entrance, so Max could sneak away and go home through a side entrance. I think her first public appearance was usually at the baptism.