Kate Middleton was sad that she couldn’t go along with Prince George on his first day to school as she was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum and was on complete bedrest.
On Thursday, the world saw the adorably-hesitant Prince George arrived to his first day of school at Thomas’s Batersea. Though the four-year-old’s father, Prince William, did an excellent job flying solo for the pivotal event, we couldn’t help but feel the absence of mom, Kate Middleton.
Kate Middleton is pregnant with third royal child and she was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute from of morning sickness that makes you vomit several times a day and causes nausea. She was reportedly so sick that she couldn’t join her eldest son Prince George on his first day to school. Prince William went with Prince George on his first day to school.
“Kate watched the news from home,” A source close to the royal couple told us weekly.
“She was desperately sad that she couldn’t make it but she is on firm bed rest now until she feels better.”
Understandably, watching their oldest child head off to school brought mixed feelings for the royal couple. “The first day of a child’s school is always a bittersweet day for a mother,” the insider added. “Both Kate and William are extremely proud of George and how well-behaved he was as he arrived, but it’s also a little frightening to see him grow up this fast!”
Prince George was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace on 23 October 2013, with Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Hugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, The Hon. Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem and Zara Tindall serving as godparents. The ceremony used a font that was made for Queen Victoria’s first child and water from the River Jordan. The Royal Mint issued a set of commemorative coins to celebrate the christening, the first coins to mark a royal christening in Britain.
George, with his parents, embarked on his first royal tour in April 2014, during which the Cambridges spent three weeks in New Zealand and Australia. His first public engagement of the tour was on 9 April at a playdate at Government House, Wellington, organised by the New Zealand parenting organisation, Plunket. His parents also attended. On 20 April, Easter Sunday, he met a bilby named after him at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. The BBC said at the end of the tour “there’s no doubt Prince George stole the limelight”.
George’s first birthday party was themed around children’s author Beatrix Potter, who knew and was related to members of the Lupton family, George’s maternal ancestors.
On 2 May 2015, George visited the hospital of his birth after the birth of his sister, Charlotte. It was his first public appearance in the United Kingdom since shortly after his birth. He made his first public appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour parade on 13 June that year, to watch a flypast by the Red Arrows on the Queen’s Official Birthday.