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How Princess Charlotte Birth Sparked Emergency Palace Plan

We can’t believe that more than five years have passed since Duchess Kate gave birth to Princess Charlotte. Charlotte is now a schoolgirl. But, it feels like it was yesterday when she met the public outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

A royal photographer has revealed that the Palace had called an important meeting before Princess Charlotte’s birth to figure out a battle plan.

Rooke revealed the ways that photographers document a new prince or princess’s public debut have changed over time. For Prince George’s birth, people camped out for weeks on end. But for Princess Charlotte’s birth they had to wait until Duchess Kate had gone into the hospital before they can take their positions.

Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte

Rooke told “I’ve been at the birth of more than five British royal babies, as well as births of royal family members in Denmark and Spain.

“My first time photographing a royal baby reveal outside of the hospital was the birth of Prince George.

“There was a real sense of chaos around this birth with it being the first child from either William or Harry.

“Everyone was very excited by it, and people camped outside the hospital for weeks.”

He continued: “Ahead of Princess Charlotte’s birth, there was a meeting with the Palace.

“They wanted to work out the best way to photograph it, and where everyone should stand.

“To avoid the chaos from Prince George’s birth, we weren’t allowed up to the hospital until Kate had been admitted.

“When it was time, we were given a numbered spot outside the hospital drawn out of a hat and allocated to us.”

Princess Charlotte was born on 2nd May 2015 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.  As the only daughter of Prince William and Duchess Kate she is fourth in line to the throne.

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