Duchess of Cambridge packed a secret spare dress in her hospital bag when she gave birth to Prince George

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3-min read
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn  son, Prince George of Cambridge.   (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son, Prince George of Cambridge in 2013. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge is said to have taken a pink dress to hospital with her when she was due to give birth to her first child, according to a fashion journalist.

Bethan Holt was speaking at an event as her book 'Duchess of Cambridge: A Decade of Modern Royal Style' was launched.

She revealed she had heard when Kate went to hospital in Paddington, London, while in labour with her first child, she went prepared with more than one option to wear during her first public appearance as a mother.

Kate wore a blue polka dot dress on the steps of the Lindo Wing as she and her husband Prince William waved to the watching media, while cradling their son Prince George – but she had a pink dress on standby had the baby been a girl.

The duchess also gave a nod to the late Princess Diana as she planned her outfits for leaving hospital with her babies, Holt explained.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn  son, Prince George of Cambridge.   (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George of Cambridge. The duchess is said to have also packed a pink dress. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Images)

She said: "She gave different messages for all three children. She was relaxed for George.

"Her dress for Charlotte was white, she had high heels on and a major blowdry. She looked seriously glamorous and it was the same day. That was a power woman, regal moment.

"With Louis, he was born on St George's day and she was wearing a red and white dress [when they left hospital].

"Those were the same colours Diana wore when she left hospital with Prince Harry. You can see the intention behind them and the progression."

While Louis was Kate's third child, he was her second son, as Harry was for Diana.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02:  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn baby daughter at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

The duchess chose a yellow and white dress and a blowdry when she left the hospital with Charlotte. (Samir Hussein/WireImage)

(FILE PHOTO) In this photo composite a comparison has been made between Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge carrying her newborn son and Diana, Princess of Wales carrying her newborn son Prince Harry (R) both leaving the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital. ***LEFT IMAGE*** Editorial # 950804602 LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge carries her newborn son as she leaves the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage) RIGHT IMAGE***  Editorial # 909562840 LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17: Diana, Princess of Wales leaves the Lindo Wing, St Mary's Hospital with baby Prince Harry on September 17, 1984 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

Composite showing the similarities between Kate's look leaving hospital with Louis in 2018 and Diana's as she left hospital in 1984 with Harry. (Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

Holt, who is The Daily Telegraph's fashion news and features director, said the comparison between Kate and Diana were "inevitable" as soon as the engagement between Prince William and Kate was confirmed.

But she added: "People were comparing her to Diana, if she wore something vaguely like Diana ever wore, which is easy because there are hundreds of photos of Diana.

"There was always that pressure. Overall she's done a brilliant job of showing who she is, she's her own person, her own way of dressing, the casual and the high street, she's put her own stamp on that."

Holt did note one outfit which may have been a more deliberate nod to Kate's late mother-in-law.

L0NDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace on December 11, 2019 in London, England.(Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Kate wore this dress for the Diplomatic Corps dinner in 2019, the same week a similar dress of Diana's was back in the news. (Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 09:  Diana,  Princess Of Wales, watched by President Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy,  dances with John Travolta at the White House, USA  on November 9, 1985.  Diana is wearing a midnight blue velvet dress by designer Victor Edelstein. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)

The dress was compared to the one Diana wore in 1985, which was dubbed the Travolta dress, as she danced with John Travolta in the US. (Anwar Hussein/WireImage)

In 2019, Kate wore a long dark blue gown for the Queen's Diplomatic Corps dinner at Buckingham Palace.

In the same week, Diana's famous 'John Travolta' dress was back in the news because it was obtained by Historic Royal Palaces for their collection.

With the dresses being so similar, Holt wondered if there was a deliberate choice by Kate for the important dinner.

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