Just seven hours after giving birth to a 8lb 7oz boy at St Mary’s Hospital, in West London, Kate was as beautiful as ever.
But mums across the country are wondering how on earth she does it. This Morning host Holly Willoughby praised her as “Superwoman” saying: “She’s extraordinary, she’s amazing. I remember giving birth and just being puffy.”
While good genes clearly played a role, behind the scenes Kate, 36, had a heaving glam squad, strict diet and painkiller-free birthing process to help get her photo-ready.
Here LYNSEY CLARKE AND AMY JONES reveal her birth secrets.
The birth process
The new royal baby's entrance into this world would have been a far cry from the dramatic scenes on telly's One Born Every Minute. Kate reportedly refused an epidural and shook her head at the offer of painkillers.
She opted instead for hypnobirthing. This zen option – favoured by celebrity mums including actress Jessica Alba and model Gisele Bundchen – has its roots in the 1942 book Childbirth Without Fear, by English obstetrician Grantly Dick-Read.
Hypnobirthing involved relaxation and breathing techniques and has now hit the mainstream with classes available on the NHS and many midwives becoming familiar with the method.
The "ooing" and "ahhing" throughout labour is said to release endorphins, to numb pain, and the hormone oxytocin, to encourage contractions.
Fans say hypnobirthing leads to shorter labour and could be the secret to Kate's speedy and low-stress deliveries.
Well, it clearly works for her!
WITH a cheerful red and white shift dress, Kate managed to pick an outfit that was simultaneously smart, touching and stylish.
It was a direct nod to Princess Diana, who wore a similar ensemble after the birth of Prince Harry in 1984.
But the custom-made red Peter Pan-collar frock by Jenny Packham was also the perfect pick for a new mum.
The structured shift shape of this dress disguised any evidence of a post-baby bump when photographed front-on, with only the slightest outline visible when Kate turned to the side.
It was also identical in shape and length to the yellow floral frock she wore to first show off her daughter Charlotte.And amazingly, the Duchess was back in heels just hours after giving birth – £495 4in court heels by Italian label Gianvito Rossi, no less.
That’s higher heels than most women ever wear on a party night out, let alone only seven hours after they have given birth.
Our toes are curling at the thought.
The glam squad
IF Kate emerged from the hospital’s Lindo Wing in a pair of stained Primark lounge pants and one of Wills’ bobbly old jumpers she would, annoyingly, probably look half decent.
But on the day she had a style squadron on hand to transform her from baby machine to regal princess.
First up, pictured from left, we have Natasha Archer – Kate’s PA-come-stylist who meticulously plans her wardrobe, ordering clothes for the Duchess months before she needs them for engagements.
Natasha, or Tash as she is affectionately known by the royals, was seen leaving the hospital at 10am on Monday morning – just an hour before Kate gave birth – and is believed to have dropped off her Jenny Packham dress and accessories.
Natasha – who is married to Royal photographer Chris Jackson – has also been credited with choosing the blue and white polka dot dress Kate wore for her first appearance with Prince George in 2013.
Next we have hair stylist Amanda Cook Tucker, who has been working with the royals for decades and has been taming Kate’s “nightmare hair” since 2012. Despite pesky gusts of wind on Monday afternoon, Kate’s glossy mahogany mane was blow-dried to perfection.
Amanda, who also styled Kate’s locks after the birth of George and Charlotte, would not let Kate be seen dead with the new-mum necessity – a bulldog clip – and trims the princess’s hair every six to eight weeks.
Although Kate famously did her own slap for her wedding, she learned everything she knows from London-based make-up artist Arabella Preston.
She gave the Duchess of Cambridge lessons before her wedding in 2011, while other high-profile clients of hers include Daisy Lowe and Lily James.
YOU only need to look as far as her mother Carole Middleton, to see where Kate gets her trim figure and rosy complexion from.
Carole’s brother Gary Goldsmith also claims the businesswoman is responsible for encouraging Kate to eat well and work out regularly.
He said: “Carole has always looked after herself and eaten healthily. That mentality of considering your diet and exercise is evident in the girls also.”
Kate has never bulked out during pregnancy and seems to quickly snap back into shape. Within weeks of giving birth to Prince George, the Duchess was back to her willowy self. And six weeks after Princess Charlotte was born, Kate was pictured in skinny jeans. Her exercise regime includes yoga, swimming and personal training sessions.
For all three pregnancies Kate has battled hyperemesis gravidarum – a condition which results in severe morning sickness.
Sticking to a diet of hearty-yet-healthy foods like avocados, berries and oatmeal helped Kate put on a sufficient weight during her pregnancies, despite extreme nausea.
The hair and skin
KATE’S hair held up against the elements on Monday thanks to trusty bathroom cabinet products.
These are just some of the tools and products Kates hairdresser uses on the royalHer hair stylist Amanda Cook Tucker Instagrammed photos of her kit earlier this year, which included high-street faves like L’Oréal Paris Elnett Supreme Hold Hairspray, Charles Worthington’s Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray and Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom.
And when it comes to skincare, her dewy complexion could be easier to achieve than you think.
Her make-up artist Arabella Preston claims that the secret to good skin is a humble flannel. She said: “It’s more gentle than any motorised cleanser brush. The right flannel will allow you to cleanly wipe make-up and dirt from your skin and gently exfoliate.”
The Duchess of Cambridge is also said to be a fan of rosehip oil when it comes to caring for her skin. According to sources, Kate slathered Trilogy’s oil on to her skin while carrying Princess Charlotte.
The insider said: “Kate is very cautious of products and treatments. Baby’s health comes first. Kate continues to use rosehip oil in her daily skincare regimen. She loves the effect is has on her skin.”
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