Prince William and Kate are known as a very modern couple who, from time to time, break with royal tradition, so it’s no surprise that the couple have set aside the rule book once again. By announcing that they are expecting baby No.3 next spring, the Duke and Duchess of cambridge have become the first royal couple – in the Queen’s immediately family – to do so in 58 years.
The Queen and Prince Philip have four children
Queen Elizabeth herself has four children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. She announced she was expecting her third child 58 years ago in 1959 when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew. The Queen even went on to have a fourth child, Edward, in 1964. Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward all kept with the tradition of having two children each. Charles fathered Prince William and Prince Harry, Anne is mother to Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, Andrew has two daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, while Edward has a son James, Viscount Severn and a daughter Lady Louise Windsor.
The Duke and Duchess seemed to be following the same “an heir and a spare” tradition, by welcoming Prince George and Princess Charlotte, but the modern royals have broken the long-standing family rule. Kensington Palace announced on Monday: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child. The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”
The Duke and Duchess holding Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Meanwhile school is officially in session for Prince George, heir to the British throne. Yesterday, Thursday September 7, Prince William dropped his oldest child off at Thomas’s Battersea, a school “for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy.” The Prince looked properly proper in his navy blue school uniform with a red trim, complete with shorts, a sweater, and matching backpack. While archive pictures shows the Duke smiling and waving on his first day, George seemed to take the whole affair rather seriously. Clutching his father, the pint-size royal greeted the head of lower school with a formal handshake. Both William and the schoolmaster then escorted the stoic royal to his classroom.
Prince George accompanied by Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas’s school where he is met by Helen Haslem (R) head of the lower school on September 7, 2017 in southwest London. RICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Duchess kate was understandably upset to miss her son Prince George’s first day of school due to suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute morning sickness. “Kate watched the news from home,” a source close to the royal couple tells Us Weekly exclusively. “She was desperately sad that she couldn’t make it but she is on firm bed rest now until she feels better.”
Reporters at the scene were told that the Duke of Cambridge, 35, held onto George’s backpack as they went to meet the lower school principal, Helen Haslem, the proud dad even stayed until his son was settled in his classroom before he departed for the day. The Duchess, also 35, is working on recovering from the illness, from which she also suffered from during her pregnancies with George and Princess Charlotte. “Kate is currently on bed rest and being seen by a doctor daily,” the source tells Us. “Her mother, Carole, has been staying at Apartment 1A for the past five days.”
Ben Thomas, who was the headmaster of Thomas’s Battersea for 18 years and is now the principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, told reporters that the young royal would be treated exactly the same as any other student. “Our aim for him, as well as for all of our pupils, is to provide a safe and secure and happy environment where he feels supported by a kind and loving community,” he said. “That’s all we will be trying to achieve for him. There won’t be any special treatment at all. In fact what his parents would like for him, as any parent would like for their child, is they have a wonderful, fulfilling and private childhood in a place which is secure.” Well does he really expect us to believe that- he’s royal, just saying.
Let’s take a sneak peak on Prince william and his brother Prince Charles first day at school exscorted by their mother Princess Diana.
Prince Charles first day at school with Prince William and Princess Diana.