Kate Middleton just may be the envy of mothers all over the world. The new mom-of-three made an appearance at the Commonwealth Games while still heavily pregnant and absolutely killed it despite the very probable discomfort of her condition. It was her last appearance before going on maternity leave, and she delighted the crowds of people waiting for her in London. These are very exciting times for the royal family!
Kate gave birth to her first child George in July 2013. Two years later his sister Charlotte came along. But both pregnancies were difficult for the future Queen. Kate is a sufferer of hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe and sometimes dangerous form of morning sickness. The condition briefly hospitalized her while she was pregnant with George.
Her third pregnancy was no exception. Although her family welcomed the news that they would soon have another addition, Kate had to pull out of royal engagements because her sickness was simply too overwhelming. She even missed Prince George’s first day of school, which was surely very disappointing for them both.
Prince William let some concern slip out when asked about his wife’s pregnancy in September 2017. “It’s always a bit anxious to start with, but she’s well,” he said during an engagement at a mental health and policing conference in Oxford, U.K. “We just need Catherine to get over this first bit, then we can start celebrating next week.”
And thankfully, Kate appeared to be healthy when she made her last public working appearance before going into hospital to give birth. She and William attended Commonwealth Games celebrations in London on March 22, joining in a whole series of events. And Kate’s fashion choices were especially taken note of by the media.
Kate had dressed herself and her baby bump in a casual but fashionable outfit. She wore a cream-colored collarless “Redgrave” coat from British brand Goat, a floral printed top from Hobbs London, black skinny jeans, and a black clutch and high-heeled shoes to match. The internet enthusiastically began tracking down all the pieces.
“No one does pregnancy chic quite like Kate Middleton,” People magazine reported on the day. And the clothes she wore flew off the shelves in a tremendously short space of time. “Out of stock” notices popped up just hours after she appeared wearing the Hobbs shirt. Meanwhile, her Goat coat, which was more expensive at £600 ($837), also soon sold out from the company website in all but two sizes.
“As well as looking positively glowing, Kate’s energy levels are also something to behold,” reported People. And they were. Kate partook in several activities, including meeting young children, working in a kitchen, and watching her husband Prince William play wheelchair basketball at a game organized by the charity SportsAid.
The events were all to celebrate the Commonwealth, the organization of states comprised mostly of former British Empire territories. The British royal family goes all out for Commonwealth festivities. For her 92nd birthday on April 21, 2018, Queen Elizabeth II attended a Commonwealth-themed concert for charity, which featured acts like Tom Jones and Kylie Minogue.
Many people admired Kate’s poise on the day in March. She was spotted talking with schoolchildren about Harry Potter, which was adorable. “Having a baby well on the way has not slowed Kate Middleton down one bit,” Harper’s Bazaar wrote. And that’s always been the case – Kate also rode out her last two pregnancies with style.
Moreover, the Duchess has become famed for her excellent maternity fashion sense. For this pregnancy, she recycled a couple of pieces she’d used before; eagle-eyed royal-watchers noticed that the Goat coat was the same one Kate had worn at an event back in 2013. But it’s just common sense to reuse clothes, even if you’re royalty!
What’s more, it’s not just maternity fashion that Kate has had a huge impact on. Right after she became engaged to Prince William, she became a fashion icon. The media began describing the impact she had on sales as “the Kate Middleton effect.” Newsweek magazine claimed that she was probably worth about £1 billion to the British fashion industry.
She took number one place on Vanity Fair’s “Best Dressed” list for four years running, starting in 2010. And it was a title richly deserved, because everything she touched seemed to turn to sales gold. Whenever Kate wore a dress from a small or little-known designer, to their delight they would see their sales suddenly increase.
Of course, Kate isn’t the only royal who has that sort of effect on the fashion world. Meghan Markle, who is soon to be the wife of Prince Harry and the sister-in-law of Kate, is also a boon to it. Most of the clothes Meghan wears likewise end up being sold out of stores, and she too is thought to be worth a lot of money to the industry.
Meghan and Harry are set to marry in May 2018. But before they get the world’s spotlight on them, Kate quickly stole it back for a bit! On April 23, 2018, she gave birth to her and William’s third child, a son, who is fifth in line to the British throne. The baby weighed 8lbs 7oz and was born perfectly healthy. And unsurprisingly, there was an outpouring of congratulations.
“Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the safe delivery of their baby, a brother for Prince George and Princess Charlotte,” the Archbishop of Canterbury tweeted. “May God bless them and all of their children with love, happiness and health.” Prime Minster Theresa May also tweeted her congratulations. “I wish them great happiness for the future,” she said.
The baby’s name hasn’t been released to the public just yet, and it may be a while before it is. Prince George and Princess Charlotte both had their names made public two days after their birth, but when Prince William was born in 1982, it took Prince Charles and Princess Diana a week to announce what they were calling him.
Meanwhile, the new royal baby might also find himself a bit of a fashion icon! Prince George and Princess Charlotte, before they were even old enough to talk, both became baby fashion models of a sort. The clothes that Kate and William dressed them in always became instantly popular. When on her second birthday Princess Charlotte wore a yellow cardigan from British department store John Lewis, excited parents went out and bought the entire stock.
The new baby has been born into what’s shaping up to be a very busy year for the royal family. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding on May 19, less than a month after the arrival of their new nephew. And Kate’s sister Pippa, according to tabloid newspaper The Sun, is expecting her first child and will announce it soon.
Unsurprisingly, when the time came for Kate to introduce her new baby to the world, she looked fantastic. Kate wore a bright red dress with a lace collar which made her instantly stand out – not that she needed to, of course. It was all extremely impressive considering she had given birth that very same day. Clearly, she’s made of strong stuff.