Fans are continually looking out for what Kate wears, catapulting many designers to fame and success. During a 2012 tour of the Pacific, the Duchess stepped out wearing a yellow cotton lace dress. Fans could not figure out who had designed the dress. Many people believed she chose to wear something without a brand name since she perhaps couldn’t find something she liked from the Solomon Islands.
A year later, the palace revealed that Kate had a private dressmaker who made her a peach maternity dress. Fans quickly connected the dots. Some took offense, saying it prevents British businesses from benefitting from the Kate Middleton effect.
Kate And William's Announcement
On December 3, 2012, St James’s Palace announced that Kate and Prince William were expecting their first child. The delight was universal, but the announcement came early in her pregnancy for another reason. Kate was suffering from a severe pregnancy sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum that needed hospitalization.
Three days after the announcement, the press spotted the royal couple leaving the hospital after Kate had undergone her treatment. The severe sickness continued to take a toll on Kate until her final trimester. Pregnancy can be very difficult for some women, and unfortunately, Kate had to share her most challenging hours with the world.
Prince George Is Born
On July 22, 2013, the couple welcomed their first son, Prince George Alexander Louis, into the world. Named after Queen Elizabeth’s father and grandfather, the boy will reign as King George VII by the end of the 21st century. The country celebrated the prince’s arrival with gun salutes in the Tower of London and Green Park.
The bells at Westminster Abbey rang for three hours. The new parents showed off their little boy in a photocall outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London before heading to the Middleton family home. Kate fulfilled her so-called royal duty by providing a male heir to the throne.
Prince George’s First Royal Tour
In 2014, the royal couple embarked on a three-week royal tour of Australia and New Zealand and decided to bring Prince George - their first tour as a family of three. Kate’s express wish was to have her son spend as much time as possible outside the palace walls. She wanted him to experience life the same way she did growing up.
A royal tour was far from ‘normal,' but it gave the prince an excellent head start, regardless. Prince William was the first royal to live a relatively normal life, as until then, the royal children grew up with nannies and were not close to their mothers.
Princess Charlotte’s Arrival
In September 2014, the royal couple announced that Kate was expecting a second child. Once again, the announcement came much before the 12-week mark. The Duchess took violently ill due to her pregnancy sickness, missing a series of public engagements. On May 2, 2015, Princess Charlotte was born at 8.34 am, weighing 8lb 3oz.
Kate gave birth again at St. Mary’s Hospital, calling on the same team of doctors as before. Since it was a natural birth, Kate and Prince William left the hospital just hours after she had given birth. She would later describe how she preferred labor over her severe pregnancy sickness. At least labor had an end in sight, the Duchess said.