chose to wear a cornflower blue polka dot dress by British designer Jenny Packham as she made her first public appearance since the birth of her baby boy
, the future King. The crepe de chine creation was similar to the green polka dot dress that Diana, Princess of Wales wore when she stood on the steps of the very same hospital cradling baby Prince William in her arms.
Despite giving birth one day earlier, the Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant as she cradled her new arrival and beamed at the waiting cameras with her husband Prince William
. Kate is known for her love of recycling her wardrobe, but due to the importance of this particular occasion, the royal had opted for a new creation.
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It was fitting that Kate had chosen a British designer to create the dress for such a momentous occasion in British history. As predicted by HELLO! Online
, the dress featured an empire line waist that ensured the new mum's ultimate comfort.
Kate's hair had been blowdried into soft curls. Her hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker had been spotted arriving at the hospital earlier in the day.
The hospital photocall outside the Lindo Wing was reminiscent of when Princess Diana of Wales, then only 20, stepped out of hospital just hours after giving birth to Prince William.
The image of Diana and Charles has become one of the most famous royal images, so Kate knew the importance of getting her first post-pregnancy outfit choice right.