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All natural; no pain-relief; looking like a superstar mere hours later – we have to say that Kate Middleton gives us all sorts of #BirthingGoals.

Although the British royal rarely talks of the birth of Prince George and Princess Charlotte (we'd murder a bit of Kim Kardashian-inspired pregnancy overshare, tbh), she has now opened up about her experiences at St Mary's Hospital.

And it seems that she was cared for "brilliantly" during her time there in July 2013 (for the birth of Georgy Porgy) and May 2015 (for little Lottie's arrival).

The Duchess, natch, gave birth on both occasions in the fancy-pants, oh-so private Lindo Wing (think art installations, chef-made food, afternoon tea and champagne). But St Mary's itself has many public amenities too – including a children's intensive care unit that is now in desperate need of an upgrade.

Step forward the wholly-worthwhile More Smiles Appeal – which aims to raise €2.85m so it can redevelop the unit that currently cares for 400 critically ill children from London and its surrounding area.

Backing the appeal is the always-lovely Kate, who said in a statement: "The thought of your child in an intensive care unit is harrowing for any parent.

"The commitment to expand and transform the children's Intensive Care Unit at St Mary's Hospital will vitally guarantee more space to treat more children and support more families. 

“As someone who was so brilliantly cared for by St Mary's, I am delighted to support [the appeal], and commend the important work of all those involved in the project." 

The scheme is all part of a larger drive to raise some €14.25m for improvements which will allow more than 200 extra children to be cared for each year.


She wowed the world by looking almost impossibly well-groomed and fresh-faced less than 12hours after giving birth to her second child.

At 6 o’clock in the evening standing on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London on Saturday following the 8.30am birth of Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton was perfectly radiant. And despite her slim figure, bespoke Jenny Packham dress, and, of course, her gorgeous newborn daughter, the Duchess Of Cambridge’s magnificent hair certainly didn’t go unnoticed.

Kate and Williams with baby Charlotte on Saturday 


Rumours have long been abound that the royal relies on strategically-placed hair extensions to give her own natural locks a boost; this weekend will certainly do little to placate the conversation. Before emerging into public, she was looked after by well-to-do hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker, who was apparently spotted entering the maternity hospital at lunchtime on Saturday, armed with appliances and products.

But speculation is now mounting that even even the best professionals in the business would struggle to create a similarly full, glossy mane without a little helping hand.

The Duchess back in 2011


Speculation as to whether the Duchess’s hair is entirely her own has circulated since her November 2010 engagement, but understandably neither she nor Kensington Palace has ever commented on the matter and she continues to ignite a serious dose of hair-envy in millions of women globally. 

“It’s impossible to say for certain unless you’re actually handling her hair,” Gold Fever’s Katie Jane Goldin, whose clients include Rosanna Davison, Georgia Salpa, and Roz Purcell, explains to SHEmazing! “But to have a such an incredible, gorgeous mane without some help from well-positioned extensions would be extremely rare.”

Rosanna Davison uses Gold Fever hair extensions


She adds: “So either she’s struck the hair-lottery – or she’s been quite clever in how she uses enhancements.

“These days, the best hair extensions look and feel exactly like your own natural strands do. You’d actually be surprised at how many people from all walks of life wear them.”