She’s set to give birth at the exclusive Lindo Wing where facilities are said to rival a five-star hotel, but the Duchess of Cambridge has reportedly made sure to pack a few luxuries of her own in her hospital bag.
According to OK! magazine, Kate’s hospital bag is packed and ready to go and the royal has included various good luck charms, as well as pampering treats to help her recover from the birth.
A source told the publication that Kate’s good luck talismans include a 19th century alabaster cameo pendant from the Queen and her mother’s black onyx beads.
Three framed family photos – including one with Her Majesty and another with the Middletons – have also been added to the mix, the magazine claims.
And George and Charlotte have also picked some favourite toys for Kate to take to hospital with her for good luck.
William has contributed to the mix by buying his wife one of her favourite Madagascan vanilla aromatherapy kits with candles and a calming music CD.
The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth to her third child at The Lindo Wing at St Mary’s in Paddington, and she’s reportedly packed a host of good luck charms in her hospital bag
William has reportedly treated his wife to an aromatherapy kit with her favourite Madagascan vanilla candles (stock image)
A brochure for the wing reveals how each room comes equipped with satellite TV offering ‘major international channels’.
For parents looking to get away from the screen there is also a ‘radio, bedside phone and a fridge’. A wide selection of newspapers and free WiFi is also available.
However, Kate is said to have packed her own sources of entertainment in the form of a Kindle’ loaded with the latest Booker prize winners’.
The source added that she likes to watch old Bette Davis films.
One of Kate’s good luck charms is a 19th century alabaster cameo pendant from the Queen and a selection of toys picked out by George and Charlotte (stock images)
If the Duchess gets a chance to read, her Kindle is loaded with Booker Prize titles (stock image). She’s also reportedly packed onyx beads belonging to her mother for good luck (stock image)
The magazine claimed that Kate has packed a selection of framed family photos, including one with the Queen
To assist with her post-birth recovery, the royal has also included a selection of her favourite moisturisers as a pampering treat.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have once again selected the exclusive maternity ward at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, central London, for the birth of their third child later this month.
Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two, were also born in the private wing, as were Prince William, 36, and Prince Harry, 33.
With its gourmet menu, luxury toiletries and personalised care, The Lindo Wing offers a quality of service worthy of a five-star hotel and prices start at £5,900 for a one-night stay – rising to £6,275 for a deluxe package.
The latest price list, from July 2017 to March 2018, states that a standard room package, including a one-night stay, costs from £5,900, while a deluxe package is £6,275 – with an extra night priced at more than £1,000 for both options. Pictured, a stock image from the brochure
All meals are freshly prepared in a dedicated kitchen (right) and there is even an afternoon tea service, for parents to celebrate their new arrival (left), the website suggests
In the Lindo Wing, parents-to-be are given a bespoke experience akin to a five-star hotel with en suite rooms available (pictured in stock image) ‘providing a modern, homely environment in which to start your new or expanded family life’, the unit’s website states
Lindo Wing luxury: Services available to parents-to-be
- Patients are each given a private room with their own en suite bathroom. Deluxe rooms or sutites are available for patients who require extra space.
- The rooms offer satellite TV with major international channels, a radio, bedside phone and fridge.
- Free WiFi is available throughout and the hospital provides a choice of daily newspapers.
- Extensive menus cater for special dietary, cultural and religious requirements. Wine list is available with Champagne on offer.
- Range of optional extras are available, including the afternoon tea service.
- In-room services for new parents including massages.
- Exceptional levels of discretion and care, perfect for high-profile parents.
- The wing’s facilities include a secure, supervised nursery, so parents can enjoy much-needed rest
The hospital is also known for going above and beyond to provide premium aftercare for its discerning clients.
Kate is likely to have a team of more than 20 medical experts and other staff working or on stand-by from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs St Mary’s.
Consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing will be again involved after helping to deliver Kate’s previous children.
Preparations for the media coverage of the birth begin in earnest last week, with crowd barriers going up in the street opposite the Lindo Wing, and parking restrictions coming into force in the area.
Once news of the birth has been announced on the official Kensington Palace Twitter and Instagram accounts, a bulletin notice declaring the birth will go on display on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
Kate is likely to take an extended period off to recover, but is expected to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19.
She undertook her last official engagement – a day of events celebrating the Commonwealth – on 22nd March.
She was last seen in public attending Easter Sunday service with the Queen.
After giving birth, she may appear at some family occasions during the summer .
But she is not expected to return to official duties until the autumn, according to aides, and even then her ‘primary focus’ will be her children.
Mrs Filkins was upgraded to a luxury suite at the Lindo Wing where Kate and William (pictured with Princess Charlotte in May 2015) are believed to have stayed during their deliveries
The Lindo Wing, pictured yesterday, is a top private facility offering ‘world-class maternity care’
When will the royal baby be born?
The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth in April, but when exactly could the royal baby arrive?
With Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Kate gave birth just over five weeks after going on maternity leave.
She went on maternity leave for her third child on March 22, so this suggests the baby might put in an appearance around April 27 or 28.
The birth might even end up being a double celebration if it falls on William and Kate’s seventh wedding anniversary on April 29.
The birth might even end up being a double celebration if it falls on William and Kate’s seventh wedding anniversary on April 29
Kate is thought to have gone overdue with both George and Charlotte, so a lot will depend on whether the same happens this time.
She may have scheduled her final engagements closer to her due date this time, suspecting the baby is unlikely to arrive early.
With Charlotte, parking restrictions outside the Lindo Wing went up on April 15 and she arrived 17 days later.
For George, the traffic notices were posted on July 1 and the prince arrived 21 days later.
Looking at these timelines, with parking restrictions starting on April 9, the new baby could perhaps arrive on April 26 or even as late as April 30.
The Duke of Cambridge, however, told Ringo Starr during an investiture on March 21 that the baby is due ‘any minute now’.
Other suggestions have cited St George’s Day – April 23 – as Kate’s possible due date.
The baby might even end up sharing a birthday with their great-grandmother the Queen, who turns 92 on April 21.
Princess Charlotte might prefer to keep her birthday to herself on May 2 – or alternatively see it as the best birthday present ever if the baby arrives on the day she turns three.
Kate welcomed her first born, George, 38 days after her last public appearance in 2013.
She attended the Trooping the Colour parade in London on June 15 2013 and George was born at the Lindo Wing on July 22.
Princess Charlotte – who was meant to be born in April – finally arrived on May 2 2015 – 37 days after Kate’s final engagement.
In 2015, the Duchess carried out her last public engagement on March 27 when she met Baroness Lawrence at the Stephen Lawrence Centre and saw projects run by the charity eXceL Project in London.
Who might the Royal Baby share their birthday with?
- April 16 – Comedian Spike Milligan (born in 1918), star of The Crown Claire Foy, Queen Margrethe of Denmark.
- April 17 – Novelist Nick Hornby, actor Sean Bean, fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, actress Rooney Mara.
- April 18 – Actresses Hayley Mills, Melissa Joan Hart, and America Ferrera , reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian.
- April 19 – Actress Kate Hudson, actor Hayden Christensen, former Olympic athlete Dame Kelly Holmes, tennis player Maria Sharapova.
- April 20 – Adolf Hitler, TV presenter Peter Snow, actor Ryan O’Neal.
- April 21 – The Queen, Iggy Pop, Princess Isabella of Denmark, The Cure’s Robert Smith.
- April 22 – Actor Jack Nicholson, Vladimir Lenin, footballer David Luiz.
- April 23 – St George’s Day. Actor John Hannah, Lady Gabriella Windsor – daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, model Gigi Hadid.
- April 24 – Singer Barbra Streisand, football manager Stuart Pearce.
- April 25 – Actor Al Pacino, Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus
- April 26 – Duke of York’s ex-girlfriend Koo Stark, Duran Duran musician Roger Taylor
- April 27 – Former ballerina Darcey Bussell, Doctor Who actress Jenna-Louise Coleman
- April 28 – Novelist Harper Lee, cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins, Duke of Kent’s daughter Lady Helen Taylor.
- April 29 – William and Kate’s seventh wedding anniversary. Actor Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, former cricketer Phil Tufnell, actress Michelle Pfeiffer, Edward VII’s mistress Alice Keppel.
- April 30 – King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden, actor Leslie Grantham, actress Kirsten Dunst. The late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.
- May 1 – May Day – International Workers’ Day. Queen Victoria’s Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, actress Joanna Lumley, Lady Sarah Chatto – Princess Margaret’s daughter, actor Matt Di Angelo.
- May 2 – The royal baby’s older sister Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. David Beckham and singers Lily Allen and Engelbert Humperdinck, broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh.