The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left Kensington Palace this afternoon with newborn Princess Charlotte and her big brother Prince George for their country home in Norfolk. The royal family were snapped commuting in their Range Rover to Anmer Hall.
Kate wore a new printed scarf from Beulah London. The style is called 'Brisa' and features a lip print in a mix of white and blue with a hint of pink. The shawl is made from a Modal Cashmere blend and retails for £195.
@livelovelaughvr suggested she may be wearing her JoJo Maman Bebe Princess line cream coat.
Kate also wore her much loved Annoushka pearl drop earrings.
Thanks to the blacked-out rear windows, there was no glimpse of the of the 4-day old Princess or her toddler brother, Prince George. The family are expected to base themselves at their refurbished Georgian home in Norfolk over the coming years, where they intend to raise their children with as much privacy as possible.
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This afternoon, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced the name of their new daughter.
It is speculated that the name Charlotte, the feminized version of Charles, is a nod to her grandfather, The Prince of Wales. It is also connected to Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III. Coincidently it is also the middle name of Kate's sister Pippa Middleton.
The Princess of Cambridge's second name, Elizabeth has an obvious connection to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It is also Kate's middle name.
The choice of Diana for the Princess' third name was a lovely tribute to William's late mother, Princess Diana.
The moment has finally arrived! The world has a new Princess! Just after 6 PM (BST) the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out of the Lindo Wing to show off their new bundle of joy.
It all happened so quickly (relatively speaking). Within 12 hours of being admitted to hospital , Kate emerged from the Lindo Wing looking glamorous while holding her precious baby girl. The Duchess opted to wear a bespoke Jenny Packham white shift silk dress patterned with yellow buttercup flowers.
You may recall that the Duchess wore a bespoke blue polka dot frock by the same designer when she left the hospital with Prince George almost two years ago.
Today, Kate wore her Jimmy Choo 'Gilbert' nude leather pumps which have a almond-toe and modest heel height.
She finished the look with her beloved Annoushka Pearl Drops and Kiki Diamond Hoop Earrings.
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Here's how this historic day unfolded:
At 6:40am (BST), Kensington Palace broke the news that the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St Mary's Hospital at 6:00 am (BST).
We then got the much anticipated news about the safe arrival of a baby girl! Kensington Palace waited over 2 and a half hours to make the announcement:
They issued the following press release:
As is customary for a royal birth, a Town Crier also made the announcement that the Duchess Of Cambridge had given birth to a baby girl.
Fans outside the front of the Lindo Wing could not contain their excitement!
As is tradition, a framed notice of the birth also went on display on a ceremonial easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
At 4 pm, The Duke of Cambridge left the Lindo Wing to return home to Kensington Palace to pick up Prince George. He said: "I'm very happy. I'm just going to pick up George'' before entering the car.
About 15 minutes later, Prince William returned to the hospital with his son. The Duke helped Prince George out of the car and carried him up the steps and into the Lindo Wing. It was such a precious moment and worth watching again and again:
After meeting his sister, Prince George returned to Kensington Palace. Then at about 6:15 PM the proud parents stepped out of the Lindo Wing to greet the press and show off their little Princess to the world.
After a brief acknowledgment of the gathered press and fans they moved back inside to prepare for their departure. Finally, the royal couple and their new baby girl leave the hospital:
My goodness, just look at those cheeks!
Congratulations to the Cambridge's on the safe arrival of their beautiful little princess xo
Wed, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wed, Feb 28:
In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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