- Kate wore bespoke cornflower crepe de chine dress by Jenny Packham
- Diana also wore a polka dot dress for her first post-birth appearance
- Kate’s tresses had been styled by Royal hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker
There’s no doubt that the Duke and Duchess would have wanted her support as they introduced their boy to the world last night. So it’s no surprise that many saw Kate’s polka dot Jenny Packham dress as a subtle tribute to Princess Diana who wore a green spotted outfit as she left the same hospital with Prince William in 1982.
But the comparisons ended there. Diana chose to cover up her figure in the billowing dress with a large collar. Kate on the other hand stepped out of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s proudly showing off her bump in the simple empire-line shift.
And while Kate was a picture of calm, Diana reportedly burst into tears as they drove away from the hospital. Indeed last night’s scenes seemed to be much more relaxed compared with 1982. Marking the formality of the occasion, Prince Charles wore a shirt and tie and buttoned-up jacket.
Yesterday his son cut a much more relaxed figure in a smart blue and white pinstripe shirt which he wore unbuttoned at the neck and with his sleeves rolled up to the elbow. Kate, holding the baby close to her wrapped in a white blanket, looked radiant as she posed with William for the historic shot.
As one of the most scrutinised women in the world – and at this most high profile of moments with all the world watching – Kate would have laboured (no pun intended) over her outfit choice today. In the event, she chose the crepe de chine polka dot dress by Jenny Packham – a designer she has turned to on multiple occasions for public events – which was made bespoke for her. The cornflower blue was a nod, no doubt, to her baby’s gender – the same gesture made by her mother during her own visit earlier in the day.
Kate cradled the baby as she stood alongside William, her husband wrapping a protective arm around her waist before taking the infant into his own arms. ‘We’re still working on a name,’ William told the assembled Press, adding it had been ‘very emotional’. ‘He’s got her looks,’ he joked, as the Duchess shook her head, smiling, saying ‘I’m not sure about that.’