Wonderful ways royal babies have been introduced as we await Meghan’s arrival

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are breaking the mould with the birth of their first child.

While the Prince's older brother William paraded all three of his children outside the hospital shortly after their births, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have chosen to keep the arrival of their first child private.

This means that we might not find out about the baby, who will be seventh in line to the throne, until days after he or she has been born.

But how much does this "private" way of giving birth differ from the births of royal babies of the past?

We might have become accustomed to live TV footage from outside maternity wards, but historically members of the Royal Family were delivered at home.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana broke the home-birth tradition by choosing St Mary's Hospital, London, for their sons' births.

So how have previous royal babies been announced?

Mia Tindall


Unlike Prince William's children, the eldest daughter of Princess Anne's daughter, Zara Tindall, was not heralded with an announcement on a royal easel.

The equestrian star and her rugby player husband Mike Tindall had their first child, Mia, just six months after the much-anticipated birth of Prince George.

However, since the title-less Mia is 16th in line to the throne, her birth attracted much less media attention, and was announced by press release the same day on January 17, 2014.

She was born in the Gloucestershire Royal hospital, where her cousins Savannah and Isla Phillips were also delivered.

No pictures of Mia were made public until exclusive photographs were released by Hello! magazine on March 3, 2014.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's eldest son, George, who is third in line to the throne, was born in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, near Paddington station on July 22, 2013.

His father William was also born there, as well as his uncle Harry, and his second cousins Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall.

Prince George's birth was announced by a royal bulletin, placed on a golden easel outside Buckingham Palace.

The following day, new parents Kate and William showed off their son to TV cameras as they left the hospital.

The arrivals of Princess Charlotte on May 2, 2015 and Prince Louis on April 23, 2018 were carried out in almost exactly the same fashion.

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared on the steps of the Lindo Wing with impressively perfect-looking hair soon after all three births.

Lady Louise Windsor

The daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was the first royal baby to be born in an NHS hospital: Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey on November 8, 2003.

Louise was four weeks premature and delivered by an emergency caesarean in which Sophie came close to death after losing nine pints of blood.

Immediately after the birth Sophie was separated from her daughter as she was rushed to a specialist neo-natal unit in St George's Hospital, Tooting, as a precaution.

Edward missed the birth as he was on a state visit to Mauritius, from which he rushed back immediately.

Buckingham Palace announced the birth the next day, but both mum and baby remained in hospital.

Louise suffered from a severe squint as a result of her traumatic birth.

Her mother explained that Louise's condition – known as strabismus – has since been corrected because it was difficult for her.

Speaking in 2015, she said: “Premature babies can often have squints because the eyes are the last thing in the baby package to really be finalised.

"Her squint was quite profound when she was tiny and it takes time to correct it, but she’s fine now – her eyesight is perfect."

The first public photographs of Lady Louise were taken as she and her parents left Frimley Park hospital on November 23, 2003.

Official photographs, taken by Prince Andrew, were released after her first Christmas at Sandringham.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's daughters were born in The Portland Hospital for Women and Children, a private hospital in London.

On both occasions, the Duke and Duchess of York posed with their newborn for photographs as they left the hospital.

Beatrice's name was an unexpected choice, and wasn't released by the palace until two weeks after her birthday on August 8, 1988.

There was less of a wait for the name Eugenie, born on March 23, 1990, which is thought to have been inspired by Queen Victoria's granddaughter.

Prince William and Prince Harry


Prince William was born on June 12, 1982, and Prince Harry on September 15 1984

The Duke of Cambridge, who was born second in line to the throne, was the first royal baby to be born in a hospital.

He and his brother Harry were both born in the Lindo Wing, like William's children.

Prince Charles attended the births of both his sons, making him the first father to be present at the birth of a royal baby.

In a letter to his godmother, Patricia Brabourne, after William's birth, the Prince of Wales said: "I am so thankful I was beside Diana's bedside the whole time because by the end of the day I really felt as though I'd shared deeply in the process of birth."

Soon after the births were announced Charles and Diana appeared on the steps of Lindo Wing with their babies on each occasion.

Some have even commented that the Duchess of Cambridge chose similar dresses to her late mother-in-law for her first appearances with her sons.

Prince Charles


The 70-year-old heir to the throne was delivered at home in Buckingham Palace on on November 14, 1948 – where his brothers Andrew and Edward were also born.

Their sister, Princess Anne, born on August 15, 1950, was another home-birth – delivered in Clarence House.

Royal fathers were not traditionally present at births in that era, and the Duke of Edinburgh is said to have been playing squash when his wife gave birth to Prince Charles.

Charles' birth was announced in a late-night BBC Home Service news item, and an official photo of Charles and his parents was taken when he was six months old.

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen was born via Caesarean section at her grandfather's home in Mayfair, London.

Her actual birth date is April 21, 1926, although she also celebrates her "official" birthday on the second Saturday in June.

She was named after her mother, and baptised by the Anglican Archbishop of York in Buckingham Palace's private chapel on May 29.

At the baptism an official photograph with her parents was taken.

Queen Victoria

In a similarly private fashion, the Victorian monarch was born in Kensington Palace on May 24, 1819.

She was christened there too, as Alexandrina Victoria, by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Of course, since photography wasn't invented until 1824, it was easier for Victoria's parents to keep their baby private than it will be for Harry and Meghan.

That said, young Victoria did not go undepicted as a portrait of her aged four was painted by Stephen Poyntz Denning.

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