With just weeks left to go until the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (née Kate Middleton) welcome a younger sibling for Prince George, royal watchers are eagerly waiting to see how the couple will introduce their newest bundle of joy to the world. Two years ago, Kate emerged from St Mary’s hospital in London with the royal baby, paying subtle tribute to Princess Diana by wearing a polka-dotted frock reminiscent of the dress that her late mother-in-law wore after she gave birth to William.
Fans were immediately reminded of the moment 30 years earlier when proud parents Charles and Diana beamed to photographers with William in their arms.
Diana and Charles welcomed Prince William in 1982. Photo © Getty
Safely cradling his newborn, proud father Charles had emerged first to loud cheers from the waiting crowds. The Prince of Wales, who sported a smart suit for the momentous occasion, passed the then-unnamed prince to his 20-year-old wife, who radiated joy as she showed him off.
Two years later (just like Kate!), Diana and Charles welcomed another child – a son, Prince Harry. Little William arrived at the hospital shortly after he was born to say hello to his new brother, and it’s thought that Prince George will likewise be taken to St Mary’s to meet his younger sibling for the first time before the duke and duchess take their newest addition home.
"William has taken to the new baby like a duck to water. It’s worth a guinea a minute watching him enjoy himself," Charles said after his eldest son was introduced to Harry.
Two years later, the proud parents emerged with Prince Harry. Photo © Getty
Although there will be other similarities in how the two generations of royals introduce their second children, (will Kate once again mimic Diana in a red dress?), there will also be some notable differences.
Many expect William to once again load his newborn into a waiting car seat, where he will drive off with his young family. When George was born, William had been particularly adamant about putting his baby in the car seat on his own, whereas all previous royals — like Princess Diana and Prince Charles — had depended on a chauffeur both times.
William broke with tradition by driving his own car away from the hospital. Photo © Getty
“I think driving your son and your wife away from the hospital was really important to me," he explained. "I don’t like fuss, so it’s much easier to do it yourself.”
Additionally, the duke and duchess seemed more relaxed with the media circus that awaited them outside St Mary's. Princess Diana was just 22 years old when Prince Harry was born, and she was still famously shy with the press at the time. Meanwhile, 33-year-old Kate and her charismatic husband were happy to talk to reporters outside the hospital, even cracking a few jokes before riding off with George, a move that they will no doubt repeat with the second baby.
Modern parents William and Kate were relaxed with their newborn. Photo © Getty
The duchess, who is due at the "mid-to-end of April," will be whisked away to the Lindo Wing once she goes into labour, after which Kensington Palace is likely to release a statement. William and Kate's press secretary, Nick Loughran, tells Hello! Canada that details have yet to be 100 per cent confirmed, but any news will first be revealed electronically through a press release.
One the baby arrives, it's thought that the family will wait a few hours before making the news public. William, who will undoubtedly be present for the birth, must phone his grandmother the Queen on a secure line; the couple will also want to contact their parents and siblings.
According to insiders, William and Kate will spend the first few week's of their newborn's life at their country home, Anmer Hall, on the Queen's Sandringham estate.