Royal home awaits Charlotte arrival

Published: Wednesday 6th May 2015 by The News Editor

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After a busy first few days for Princess Charlotte, the Royal Family’s newest member may be able to get some peace and quiet as her parents prepare to head for their country home.

The Princess has been meeting much of her new family, including her great-grandmother the Queen and grandfather the Prince of Wales, since she was born on Saturday and introduced to the world.

William and Kate are now expected to leave Kensington Palace in the coming days and retreat to their Norfolk home Anmer Hall to spend time with their children.

The Duke of Cambridge is on two weeks’ paternity leave from his job as an air ambulance helicopter pilot and is expected to start the final phase of his training at the beginning of June.

The Queen, who was in North Yorkshire attending a military event when Charlotte was born, met her fifth great-grandchild for the first time yesterday, shortly after William and Kate formally registered the birth of their daughter.

Informally dressed for the occasion, the Queen arrived in a chauffeur-driven car and spent around 30 minutes with her grandson, his wife and Princess Charlotte, who is fourth in line to the throne.

The meeting was also a historic occasion as it was the first time a serving sovereign had met a great-granddaughter born in direct succession on the male line since Queen Victoria met George VI’s sister Princess Mary, who was born 118 years ago in 1897.

The Princess’ name includes a tribute to the Queen as one of her middle names is Elizabeth, while the other is Diana, in recognition of William’s mother.

It comes after the Australian government revealed it was sending the Princess a blanket as a gift, as well as making a 10,000 Australian dollar (£5,233) donation in her honour to a sanctuary for the Mountain Pygmy-possum, of which there are only 2,000 left in the wild.

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott said: “I hope one day the Princess can visit Australia and hold a Mountain Pygmy-possum herself.”

The cot blanket is to be made from Tasmanian merino wool at the country’s oldest textile mill, Waverley Woollen Mills, and will be embroidered with the Australian floral emblem, the wattle.

The gift and donation are among the first for the new princess, whose brother Prince George was showered with presents from across the globe in his first 21 months of life.

George was given some 774 gifts during 2014 – 603 of them in Australia, including a possum skin cloak from the Gundungurra Tribal Council Aboriginal Corporation.

Meanwhile, Imperial College Healthcare Charity, the official charity of the NHS trust which runs St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, said it was “honoured” to be the beneficiary of donations from the public, as it had been after George’s birth.

Ian Lush, chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare Charity, says: “We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have once again chosen to support us in celebration of such a joyous occasion.

“The c harity wishes them and their family all the best and every future happiness. Gaining their support is hugely important to us as a charity which strives to improve the care given to patients at the trust.”

Published: Wednesday 6th May 2015 by The News Editor

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