Clutching a bouquet of yellow roses and wearing a violet-colored scarf, the Duchess of Cambridge left a London hospital this morning after three days of treatment for severe morning sickness.
She managed a smile for photographers outside King Edward VII hospital, where she paused for a moment with her husband before climbing into a black Jaguar for the trip back to Kensington Palace.
“The Duchess of Cambridge has been discharged from the King Edward VII Hospital and will now head to Kensington Palace for a period of rest,” a royal spokeswoman said, reports Reuters. “Their royal highnesses would like to thank the staff at the hospital for the care and treatment the duchess has received.”
Unfortunately, that care and treatment included hospital staff taking a prank call from Australian radio show hosts pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles (and her Corgis). Just 24 hours before the pregnant Duchess left the hospital, her nurse discussed Kate’s condition with the two Sydney DJs, who placed a call to the hospital live on air at 5:30 a.m. London time. The Queen’s former press secretary called the incident a “shocking breach of security” that has left the Palace “demanding answers,” reports the Mirror.
Prince William arrived at the hospital today at 10 a.m., earlier than his usual visiting time, followed by the Duchess’ private secretary Rebecca Deacon. At 10:45, the Duke and Duchess emerged, with Kate holding a bouquet given to her by the doctor and nurses involved in her treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum. The ever-kind British press describe her as “looking tired” and “washed out.”
During her hospital stay, Kate received plenty of visitors. Yesterday Prince William stayed with her for six hours, while her siblings Pippa and James Middleton visited the Duchess for about an hour. That evening at around 7:30, her mother Carol Middleton also checked in on her daughter.
Kate, 30, is thought to be two months pregnant. Given her condition, reports the Evening Standard, it’s unlikely she’ll undertake any of her scheduled engagements before Christmas, including a charity ball at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, a visit to the British Military Tournament on Sunday (both of which William will attend solo) and a showing of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Dec. 12. Instead, Kate will probably go into seclusion before the Royal Family retreats for their traditional holiday break at its country house Sandringham.