Timeline of Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy
Kate has had a busy few months leading up to the birth after initially battling with severe morning sickness.
Here is the timeline for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third baby:
September 4, 2017 – Kensington Palace announces that William and Kate are expecting their third child.
The Duchess, who is suffering from severe morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum, pulls out of a planned appearance at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child pic.twitter.com/DZCheAj1RM— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 4, 2017
September 5 – At his first public appearance since it was disclosed he was to become a father again, William says, at the National Mental Health and Policing Conference in Oxford: “It’s very good news,” but admits the family is not getting much sleep.
September 7 – Prince George starts school – but Kate is too poorly to accompany him to the school gates, with William taking the young prince on his first day.
September 14 – William says Kate is doing “very well” when he visits Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool.
September 18 – The Duchess appears in a video message, backing the You’re Never Too Young To Talk Mental Health campaign run by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.
October 10 – Kate, showing a slight baby bump, makes her first public appearance since her pregnancy was announced as she attends a Buckingham Palace reception honouring mental health campaigners.
October 16 – Kate makes a surprise appearance at Paddington Station, joining William and Prince Harry at a charity event, where she dances on the platform with Paddington Bear.
October 17– William and Kate reveal their baby is due in April. BBC newsreader Simon McCoy reacts by declaring on air: “Clear your diaries. Get the time booked off, ‘cos that’s what I’m doing.”
The Palace also announces William is to make a solo trip to Finland. A visit to Sweden and Norway by the Duke and Duchess is shifted to January to ensure Kate is well enough to attend, it is thought.
October 18 – Kate makes another surprise visit when she turns up at West Ham’s London Stadium for a Coach Core event with William and Harry.
October 31 – Kate steps out in sports gear for a visit to the National Tennis Centre.
November 7 – The Duchess, in a black floor-length dress by Diane von Furstenberg, attends an Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families gala in Kensington Palace’s 18th-century Orangery.
November 8 – Kate addresses a Place2Be mental health forum and stresses that getting help and support to young children at the very earliest stage helps improve their outcomes later in life.
November 12 – Kate joins other royals to watch the Remembrance Day service from a balcony overlooking the Cenotaph in Whitehall, central London. The night before, the Duchess attended the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
November 14 – The Duchess tells a single father how William initially found it difficult adjusting to parenthood when she visits Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in north London.
November 20 – William, Kate and the rest of the royal family celebrate the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s platinum wedding anniversary at a special party in Windsor Castle.
November 22 – The Duke and Duchess visit Solihull where Kate takes part in an off-road Land Rover driving experience not recommended for pregnant women.
November 24 – William, in black tie, and four months pregnant Kate, in a sequinned cornflower blue Jenny Packham gown, attend the Royal Variety Performance, but their arrival is delayed by an hour after an incident nearby which saw armed police rush to London’s Oxford Street.
November 28 – Kate congratulates Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement.
The Duchess of Cambridge says she and William are “absolutely thrilled” at the news of Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle. Adds: “We wish them all the best” pic.twitter.com/0dhzVoEoPE— Scott D'Arcy (@DArcysj) November 28, 2017
November 29 – William makes a solo visit to Finland, celebrating the centenary of the country’s independence.
Kate visits Robin Hood Primary School in south-west London to see its work with the Royal Horticultural Society’s campaign for school gardening.
She tells pupils she has “fond memories” of being outdoors as a child and is passing that passion on to her own children.
December 12 – The Duchess hears stories of mothers caught up in the Grenfell Tower blaze as she visits the Rugby Portobello Trust centre which is supporting the local community.
William and Kate receive Gold Blue Peter badges from the CBBC children’s show for their work around mental health issues affecting children.
December 14 – William and Kate join victims of the Grenfell Tower fire at a memorial service in St Paul’s Cathedral.
December 25 – The Duke and Duchess, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the royal family attend church at Sandringham on Christmas Day.
January 8 2018 – Two-year-old Princess Charlotte starts at Willcocks Nursery School, with Kate taking the photographs released to celebrate her big day.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning. pic.twitter.com/dDIOZdA7aM— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 8, 2018
January 10 – The Duchess speaks about the addictive nature of social media, saying it can be “hard to break away from” as she meets teenagers at the Reach Academy Feltham in west London.
January 17 – Kate pats her bump and jokes how she is less “sporty” with two children and a third on the way as she visits a tennis session for pupils at Bond Primary School in Mitcham.
January 23 – The Duchess says she is committed to helping the “youngest and most vulnerable” in society as she launches a mental health website for teachers supporting pupils.
January 24 – Kate sympathises with the mental health plight faced by many mothers, saying how generally they were supposed to be “super happy” but one in four were not, as she meets psychiatrists, midwives and health visitors specialising in treating mothers with mental health issues.
January 30 – William and Kate pay an official visit to Sweden and Norway. Engagements amid freezing temperatures include playing an unusual form of hockey called bandy in Stockholm, and joining children round a camp fire in Oslo.
February 5 – Kate records a personal message to try to spur
children on to be comfortable in their own skin as part of Children’s Mental Health Week.
February 7 – Kate, as patron of the Action on Addiction charity, opens a new community-based treatment facility in Wickford, Essex. Her heel gets stuck in a grate as she arrives.
February 18 – Kate wears dark green to the Baftas. Most nominees and other guests wear black to the awards in support of the Time’s Up campaign in the wake of the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal.
February 19 – The Duchess shows off her growing baby bump at the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange at Buckingham Palace.
February 21 – The Duke and Duchess go on an away day to Sunderland to open the music and arts hub The Fire Station and visit the new Northern Spire, bridge over the River Wear.
February 27 – The Duchess hugs Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, who helped to deliver one of her children, when they are reunited during Kate’s visit to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London.
She also jokes William is in denial about a third baby while visiting the Snow Leopard ward at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, to launch the Nursing Now campaign.
February 28 – Kate, Meghan Markle, Harry and William appear on stage at a Royal Foundation forum – the first time the “fab four” have carried out an official engagement together.
March 6 – Kate visits Pegasus Primary School in Oxford and is given a book of lullabies to help the new baby sleep.
March 7 – Kate opens the new Place2Be headquarters in central London.
March 12 – The Duke and Duchess join the Queen, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the royal family at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
Harry, Megan, Kate and William arrive at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day service pic.twitter.com/ajqXvxb16W— PA Royal Reporters (@PARoyal) March 12, 2018
March 17 – Pregnant Kate sips water, while the Duke has a pint of Guinness with the Irish Guards during the St Patrick’s Day parade in Hounslow, west London.
March 21 – Kate attends a symposium on early intervention with social and emotional support for children.
March 22 – The Duchess carries out her final engagements before going on maternity leave. She shows off her culinary skills with William and takes part in a general knowledge Commonwealth quiz.
March 26 – Kensington Palace announces that Kate has become the first royal patron of the V&A museum.
April 1 – Kate attends the Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.