Although pregnancy is a natural thing, the appearance of a woman in the rank of the queen with a swollen belly in public and official places was considered taboo, so for decades we have not seen in fact a single picture of the queen while she is pregnant.
Not only that, but even the word “pregnant” was not associated with the Queen throughout her reign in the United Kingdom, for example, when the Queen was pregnant with King Charles (and that was before she even took the throne), the local newspapers did not circulate the news as it is, but the newspapers reported only what came In the official statement issued by Buckingham Palace in 1948, which stated: “Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth will not make any public engagements after the end of June.”
Queen Elizabeth (then a princess) gave birth to her son Charles 5 months after the statement was issued.
Numerous reports on sites such as MSN have stated that the Queen despised the word “pregnant” as a cliché, so she banned its use.
Not only did the Queen refrain from calling herself “pregnant”, or taking pictures of her with a swollen belly, but also refraining from sharing pictures of her newborn children, a tradition that the late Princess Diana broke.
Of course, the Queen gave birth to her children under the care of a specialist in the palace, but the late Princess Diana did not follow the example of her mother-in-law, and preferred to put her first children, “Prince William” in the hospital, so that Prince William would be the first royal heir to be born by his mother in the hospital.
Diana certainly did not refrain from taking pictures while she was pregnant with her children, as the cameras spotted with her husband Charles, one day after the birth of their child William, while they were leaving St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
Diana’s newborn children were photographed, and the new Princess of Wales, Kate Medlon, followed her late mother-in-law, giving birth to her son George in hospital in 2013.
Although the late Queen Elizabeth adhered to royal traditions and protocols throughout her life, she revolutionized a birthing ritual that was common in the British palace before Elizabeth came to power.
Although it seems crazy, the former queens of Britain used to give birth to their children in the presence of a number of nobles and important men in the state, led by the Minister of the Interior, but Queen Elizabeth was the first to break this tradition in British history.
Queen Elizabeth is not only unique in not presenting strangers to her birth, she is also the first royal woman to accompany her husband at birth, the late Prince Philip attended the birth of his fourth son, Prince Edward.
Prince Charles was born by caesarean section on the evening of November 14, 1948, in Paul Hall, Buckingham Palace. According to Town and Country magazine, the room, which was usually used as a guest room, has been turned into a “mini-hospital”.
The Queen was 22 years old when she gave birth to Charles. In fact, Prince Philip was not in the room when his firstborn, after 30 hours of labour, arrived.
As is the norm at royal births, the royal artillery fired 41 salutes, the Westminster bells rang, and crowds flocked to the palace to celebrate the happy news.
In Trafalgar Square, fountains were lit up blue to announce the gender of the royal baby. Outside Buckingham Palace, about 4,000 people gathered to watch the coming and going of the medical team.
Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise was born on August 15, 1950 at 11:50 am. While the Queen gave birth to her three sons at Buckingham Palace, Anne was born at Clarence House due to the palace’s post-war renovation.
The BBC reported how the news of Princess Anne’s birth was posted at the gates of Clarence House and placed on the custom notice board outside the Home Office at Whitehall and Mansion House – the Lord Mayor of London’s home.
“The Duke of Edinburgh toasted the health of the new princess with his staff,” the announcement read.
The Queen and Prince Philip gave birth to another boy on February 19, 1960 at 3:30 pm. Like Charles, Andrew was born at Buckingham Palace, but this time the Queen gave birth to her child in the Belgian pavilion.
The newborn was named Andrew Albert Christian Edward, and there was a huge gap between the prince and his older brothers, as he was 12 years younger than his older brother.
According to reports, the queen underwent a birth process called “twilight sleep”, where the mother is subjected to general anesthesia for labor, and the baby is delivered using medical forceps.
This controversial process of childbirth was no longer used, and by the time the Queen gave birth to Prince Edward, she had chosen other methods of delivery.
The Queen’s fourth child, Prince Edward Anthony Richard Lewis, arrived in the world on March 10, 1964 at 8.20pm.
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