Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Baby William at the Lindo Wing

Prince William makes his first public appearance in the arms of his father, Prince Charles

A whole country waited up to hear news of his birth. On this day in 1982, William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales was born at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington and instantly became the most famous baby in the world. And when Charles and Diana brought their son home the following day, the world watched as the second in line to the throne made his first appearance.

 Baby William made royal history without even knowing it as he was brought into public view in the arms of his father.

 Wrapped up in a white blanket with just the top of his head visible to the millions watching, William of Wales slept soundly through his first engagement.

The whole appearance lasted just a few minutes and included the now famous handover of baby from father to mother.

 Diana, who had given birth less than 24 hours earlier, wore a green spotty dress that became one of her best known looks ever. The daughter in law she never met, the Duchess of Cambridge, paid tribute to it when she left the same hospital with Prince George while wearing a blue spotty dress.

 The photos of baby Wales went around the world in moments and thirty four years on they remain a huge part of the story of this boy born to be king.  William of Wales, monarch in waiting and the baby who made his debut on the steps of the Lindo Wing.

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