Kensington Palace annnounces Kate Middleton is having a third child. As with her previous two pregnancies, the duchess is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness. The Queen and both families are said to be “delighted with the news”.
Kensington Palace announces the baby’s name: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, and her official title as Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 4, 2015
The Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a girl weighing 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg) at 08:34 BST. The Duke of Cambridge is present for the birth. The princess is fourth in line to the throne.
Middleton is admitted to the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s hospital in London, and is in labor with her and Prince William’s second child.
The royal baby, along with her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge makes an appearance outside the hospital just a few hours after the birth. After showing their new princess to the crowd, they depart for Kensington Palace where the Dutchess will recuperate for a few days before the family moves home.
The Duchess of Cambridge visits Stoke-on-Trent to tour the headquarters of Emma Bridgewater, a pottery company that specializes in artful designs. The visit is part of her work with East Anglia Children’s Hospices [EACH], which is to benefit from a specially made charity mug made by the company, with all proceeds going to help terminally ill children and their families.
Prince Williams and Middleton confirm that their second child is due in April of 2015. Statement from Kensington Palace:
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by hyperemesis gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.
Prince William and Middleton takes legal action on behalf of their son, Prince George, and their Nanny who is being harassed by a freelance photographer. Kensington Palace:
There is reason to suspect that the individual may have been placing Prince George under surveillance and monitoring his daily routines for a period of time. No parent would tolerate the suspicion of someone pursuing and harassing their child and carer whilst their child is playing in a public park or going about their daily activities.
Prince William and Katherine are expecting their second child together. Clarence House:
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.
Prince William and Middleton welcome George Alexander Louis. His name is released a week after his birth. Middleton on becoming a parent:
It’s very emotional. It’s such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like.
Middleton appears on the cover of People to discuss feeling her baby kick and how she’s prepping for the big day.
Criticism over his portrait led Paul Emsley to question his work and even try capturing the pregnant royal a second time, this time as more glamorous and upbeat. According to Washington Post, his second version of Kate’s portrait only made him realize the original was exactly what he set out to create. He has not allowed anyone to photograph this second sketch.
I did not deliberately age her or anything like that. I wanted it to be an authentic record, but it’s very easy to put in more shadows and things than are perfectly necessary, and I haven’t done that. I’ve tried to record, in a polite way, what I regard as her natural beauty.
Paul Emsley reveals that he and his family were upset by some of the snarky critiques that followed the unveiling of Middleton’s official portrait
Some of the words written about it were so personal. I’d be inhuman if I said it didn’t affect me. When you take on commissions like this, it is hazardous and you expect a bit of flak, but I expected nothing like the criticism I have received. I didn’t expect it to go to the levels it did.
At first the attacks were so vicious that there was a point where I myself doubted that the portrait of the duchess was any good. But now I’ve had time to reflect, I am still happy with it and am getting on with my life. There is nothing I would have changed.
Paul Emsley, who spent three-and-a-half months painting the Duchess’s likeness, said he had tried to portray her warmth and personality in the picture.
The Duchess reportedly telling Emsley at a private viewing on Friday that it is “amazing… brilliant.”
Charlotte Higgins of the Guardian claimed the painting transformed “a pretty young woman… into something unpleasant from the ‘Twilight’ franchise.
In the Independent, art critic Michael Glover wrote that the portrait was “catastrophic,” combining “hamsterish” cheeks and “hair whose featheriness has been borrowed from an advert for shampoo.”
Middleton appears on the cover of the August 2012 issue of Marie Claire South Africa. The editor of Marie Claire SA says:
Kate Middleton is, without a doubt, the world’s new style icon. We have honored her with a fan-art tribute, dressing her up in clothes by South African designers and placing her in all sorts of fun, everyday situations.
William and Middleton get married in Westminster Abbey in front of 1900 guest including Elton John and Victoria Beckham. William wears the scarlet uniform of the Colonel of the Irish Guards. Middleton arrives in a burgundy-and-black-colored Rolls-Royce, not a carriage, opting for a lower-key arrival. Her white dress is by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. William’s brother and best man Prince Harry wears the uniform of Captain of the Household Cavalry. Their music is performed by the London Chamber Orchestra. The couple write their own prayer.
God our Father, we thank you for our families; for the love that we share and for the joy of our marriage. In the busyness of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy. Strengthened by our union help us to serve and comfort those who suffer.
Middleton’s ring is created by Wartski from a piece of such gold that was given to Prince William by Queen Elizabeth shortly after his engagement:
I, William Arthur Philip Louis, take thee, Catherine Elizabeth, to my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse. For richer, for poorer. In sickness and in health. To love and to cherish, till death us do part.
Scotland Yard estimates one million people line the wedding route.
Williams and Middleton are engaged after dating on and off for eight years.Williams proposed with his late mother Princess Diana’s ring. Source:
Everyone is absolutely delighted. He has never had eyes for any other woman since Kate came on the scene. She is going to make a wonderful wife.
William appears on the cover of People after dating his girlfriend Middleton for five years. Friends, on their possible engagement:
There are no people advising her or preparing her for anything. She is going about her private life as a private individual. Will, known for his stubborn streak, won’t let anyone dictate a time frame-but also acknowledge an engagement is no longer a matter of if but rather when. This is certainly not something they are going to rush into. But their relationship is very strong.