Will Lady Windsor be the first Royal to give birth in NHS hospital?


Blackleaf
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The wife of the Queen's second cousin, Paola, a Croatian, may become the first Royal to give birth in an NHS hospital.

Lord Nicholas Windsor, the son of the Duchess of Kent (the Duke of Kent is the Queen's cousin) was 25th in line to the Throne but was barred from the succession after converting to Catholicism in 2001.

Will Lady Windsor be the first Royal to give birth in NHS hospital?

By DANIEL COCHLIN
23rd June 2007
Daily Mail

For generations, the Royal Family have given birth at home - or, more recently, in a private hospital away from the public spotlight.

But Lord Nicholas Windsor, the Queen's second cousin, appears to be breaking with tradition for his first child.

Prince Charles's godson and his heavily pregnant wife, Paola, were spotted leaving a National Health Service clinic close to their London home.


Royal Visit: The Windsors at the Clinic



Lady Windsor, who was wearing a loose-fitting maternity top, is entering the final stages of her pregnancy, which was officially announced in March. The Bessborough Street Clinic in Pimlico provides midwifery and family planning services.

According to Westminster Primary Care Trust, it takes only NHS patients and does not offer private treatment.

Lord Windsor's mother, the Duchess of Kent, was the first to buck the Royal trend for home births when she had him in a private ward at University College Hospital, London, in 1970.

Prince William was born in similar circumstances at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, 12 years later.

The 36-year-old peer, youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, was 25th in line for the throne but was barred from the succession after converting to Catholicism in 2001.

Lady Windsor, 37, was previously known as Countess de Frankopan - Croatia's most aristocratic title. They married in the Vatican in October.

A spokesman said the couple, who keep a low public profile, do not wish to comment on plans for the birth of their first child, who will have the surname Windsor but no title.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "As Lord and Lady Windsor do not carry out public engagements, we cannot comment." She added that she did not know of any other Royal Family members to give birth on the NHS.

dailymail.co.uk
Last edited by Blackleaf; Jun 24th, 2007 at 04:35 AM..
 
#juan
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Not exactly headline news Blackleaf...
 

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