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Originally posted 07/22/2013 04:10PM
Normally, she's behind the scenes, away from the cameras. But when Ailsa Anderson crunched across the dusty pink gravel in front of Buckingham Palace in her three-inch heels to post the message that the world wanted to read today, she was thrust firmly into the royal baby limelight.
"It was thrilling. it's an amazing experience to be part of history and a rare honor," Anderson tells PEOPLE. "There's been a lot of calm excitement in the palace all day since the announcement that she was in hospital and people were just waiting for the good news."
Anderson, 44, is Queen Elizabeth's press secretary, tasked with making the final journey with the anxiously awaited birth notice (handed off by Prince William and Kate's press secretary Ed Perkins) and fix it on the easel for Her Majesty's subjects (and the rest of the world) to see.
Originally posted 07/22/2013 07:35AM
For once, the much-photographed Kate and William managed to avoid the cameras, when the soon-to-be mother was driven to the hospital from Kensington Palace early Monday morning – though officials will not say if William was behind the wheel.
What they would say is that the royals arrived at St. Mary's Hospital before 6 a.m., while photographers on the scene say that the convoy was spotted around 5:30 a.m.
William and Kate and their entourage drove in two vehicles – a sedan and a town car – on side roads behind the hospital's private Lindo Wing before entering the building through the entrance to the Mary Stanford wing.
It's only two or three steps across a small sidewalk from the car to the hospital door.
Originally posted 07/19/2013 08:00AM
The #greatkatewait continues.
Speculation around the Duchess of Cambridge's due date continues to heat up, along with the stifling temperatures currently gripping London.
Speculation reached new heights Friday, when the Daily Telegraph suggested Kate could have been due July 19 – because medical staff, a source tells the newspaper, were warned to be on best behavior – including staying off alcohol – for a month starting that day.
The royal's due date – which was the beginning of the week, PEOPLE understands – came under increased scrutiny Thursday, as focus briefly switched to a different hospital outside London: the Royal Berkshire hospital in Reading, near her parents' manor house in Bucklebury, where she has been spending time.
Originally posted 05/30/2013 06:30AM
The mother of the Duchess of Cambridge is now in the spotlight for doing her own good deed: rescuing a missing dog.
Carole Middleton, awaiting her turn as a soon-to-be new grandmother, was driving near her home in Bucklebury when she spotted a lost dog alongside the road.
Stopping to take a look at the tag on the dog's collar, she found that it belonged to her neighbors, and so took the animal home, reported the Sunday Telegraph.
Originally posted 02/07/2013 02:10PM
The The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are keeping a low profile on their "babymoon" to the idyllic island of Mustique.
The couple – expecting their first baby in July – are staying at a five-bedroom villa set in lush gardens, which normally costs an eye-popping $25,000 a week. Also enjoying paradise are Kate's parents Carole and Mike and siblings Pippa and James.
On previous visits, William, 30, has stopped by to grab a drink and play the piano at the bar at Firefly, and together the couple have participated in Sunday night Karaoke at Basil's Bar.
Originally posted 02/05/2013 02:30PM
Royal mom-to-be Kate is on a winter escape, enjoying the sunshine of a Caribbean vacation.
She and husband William are sunning themselves on the paradise island of Mustique.
They are staying in a luxury $28,000 villa, reports the U.K.'s Sun tabloid.
The island – which was popular with William's late great aunt, Princess Margaret, and is still hopping today with such celebrities as Mick Jagger – is a regular family vacation destination for the Duchess, whose parents, Carole and Mike, are said to be staying in a villa nearby.
Originally posted 12/24/2012 08:00AM
Prince William had better have some surprises up his sleeve for Christmas Day at his wife Kate's family home.
Father-in-law Michael Middleton likes to pull a few party tricks – including dressing up in costume, his daughter Pippa has revealed.
"My father has developed this funny tradition of surprising us at some point by appearing in fancy dress," the Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends" author, 29, writes in the latest holiday edition of the political magazine The Spectator.
Originally posted 12/22/2012 10:30AM
After suffering from extreme morning sickness in the first weeks of her pregnancy, Kate will spend Christmas in the comfort of her family, a St. James Palace spokesman told PEOPLE on Saturday.
In a major break from tradition, which was cleared after consultation with Queen Elizabeth, she and husband William will visit her hometown, Bucklebury to celebrate the holiday "privately with the Middleton family," according to the Palace.
Originally posted 12/08/2012 11:15AM
Even duchesses can get the monster of all morning sicknesses.
Known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), the condition – for which Kate was hospitalized for four days – is characterized by debilitating nausea and vomiting that severely inhibits a woman's ability to eat or drink and results in significant weight loss. Affecting up to 2 percent of all pregnant women, it can start as early as five weeks into pregnancy and endure for weeks or even months.
The condition typically comes on suddenly. During a visit to her prep school, St. Andrew's, on Nov. 30, a seemingly upbeat Kate dined on Scottish beef and played field hockey in 3-inch heels. Just two days later, she was rushed to the hospital and her pregnancy announced.
Originally posted 12/05/2012 07:30PM
The Duchess of Cambridge had more hospital visitors on Wednesday.
Just two days after husband Prince William, 30, was photographed leaving the King Edward VII Hospital in Central London where a pregnant Kate, 30, was admitted for hyperemesis gravidarum, her sister, Pippa Middleton, brother James and mom Carole (not pictured), also dropped by to keep the mom-to-be company.
Pippa was bundled up in a coat, sporting a tan-colored ensemble, while her brother was casually dressed in jeans and layered tops.
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