Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are reportedly expecting their first child in mid-February. The couple announced they were pregnant with the Queen’s ninth great-grandchild back in September through Eugenie’s Instagram account. They uploaded a heartwarming photograph of the two of them alongside a caption which read: “Jack and I are so excited for early 2021…”
However, Eugenie could stray away from royal tradition when the baby arrives next month.
Princess Anne, the expecting royal’s aunt, set a new protocol for births when her son Peter Phillips — the Queen’s first grandchild — was born back in 1977.
She gave birth to him at the Lindo Wing, at St Mary’s Hospital, rather than at home.
While the Queen copied her own mother and gave birth to her children at home, her only daughter appeared to modernise the Firm when she opted to give birth in a hospital.
Princess Eugenie and Princess Anne
Eugenie and her husband Jack announced they were expecting a child in 2021
The Princess Royal decided to do the same when her daughter Zara Tindall arrived in May 1981.
Zara and Anne were then pictured together on the Lindo Wing steps, making them the first royal mother and baby duo to be photographed after the momentous occasion.
This tradition was replicated by Princess Diana in 1982 and 1984, with the births of Prince William and Prince Harry.
She was the first mother to officially pose with her newborn, creating a blueprint for royal mothers for years to come.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, replicated this move with all three of her children’s births, much to the public’s delight.
Princess Anne was the first royal mother to be pictured with her newborn on the Lindo Wing steps
However, Eugenie is less likely to follow in Anne’s footsteps after her own mother bucked the trend herself.
The Duchess of York chose to give birth to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie at Portland Hospital for Women and Children, in London.
She also chose not to announce their names immediately — again, dodging royal tradition — and instead waited until Beatrice was almost two weeks old and Eugenie was a-week-old.
YouTube documentary, ‘Sarah Ferguson: Duchess of York’, explained: “The Portland hospital [is] American-owned and entirely private.”
Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew with Princess Beatrice in 1988
Eugenie in her mother’s arms a few weeks after her 1990 birth
This was significant as it meant Eugenie’s mother “became the first member of the Royal Family to go anywhere other than a National Health Service hospital”.
Meghan Markle also avoided royal tradition when she gave birth to her son, Archie Harrison, in 2019.
She had intended to have a home birth but was taken to hospital by a security team “under cloak of secrecy”, according to the Daily Mail’s royal correspondent Rebecca English.
The Duchess of Sussex was taken to Portland Hospital, just half-an-hour drive from her home in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage.
Like the Duchess of York’s chosen hospital, Portland is private.
Eugenie has not revealed many details about her pregnancy, but was thought to have moved into Meghan and Harry’s property in Windsor for a brief period.
However, insiders said Eugenie and Jack moved out once again and are alleged to now be living in Royal Lodge with Sarah and Andrew.
Kate Middleton copied Princess Anne’s tradition and posed with her children on the steps of the Lindo Wing
Meghan Markle rejected royal tradition and wanted a home birth initially
Eugenie and Beatrice are exceptionally close to their parents, and Sarah has already said how excited she was to meet her first grandchild.
The children’s author once said that if she were “lucky enough to be blessed with grandchildren”, she wanted to help read them bedtime stories.
She told reporters: “It will be the most wonderful sense of joy for me, and of course, I will be making up stories every day for them.”
She also said she was “so excited” to become a grandmother.
The Duchess of York added: “Welcoming a new baby into the York family is going to be a moment of profound joy.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK