Princess Beatrice birthday: Royal pioneered important royal tradition
Princess Beatrice was born on August 8, 1988. Her parents, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, proudly showed off their new baby girl, their first child. They posed with her outside the Portland Hospital.
It’s this location that makes the birth so remarkable. It was one of the high profile royal births around the time to take place at a private hospital.
The Portland Hospital is a private maternity hospital in London, which only opened five years before Beatrice’s birth.
The trend for having royal babies in hospital only began with Princess Diana, just a few years before with Prince William and Harry.
However, Sarah Ferguson took this one step further, by opting for a different hospital to the one chosen by Diana, the Lindo Wing.
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Princess Beatrice birthday: She was born at the Portland Hospital in London
Previously, royal babies were born at home. This era is notable for royal women taking the reins when it came to their birth plans.
Sarah and Diana inspired other royal women to chose where to give birth.
Kate, like Diana, gave birth to all three of her children in the Lindo Wing.
Meghan Markle chose to give birth to her and Harry’s first and so far only child Archie Harrison Mountbatten in the Portland Hospital.
She took matters into her own hands further, having the child is secret with no photographs taken outside of the hospital, as royal mums since Diana had done.
Princess Beatrice was the first member of the Royal Family to be born at the hospital.
Princess Eugenie was also born there. Later the children of Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Sarah Chatto were born there.
More notable people have also been born in the prestigious maternity ward.
Fascinating, Beatrice’s husband was born there the year the ward opened in 1983.
Princess Beatrice birthday: Sarah Ferguson inspired other royal women to chose where to give birth
Billy Connolly and his wife Pamela’s children were born there, as were some of Mick Jagger’s children.
Comedian Jack Whitehall was born there, as were Brooklyn and Romeo Beckham.
There have been rumours Kate Middleton is pregnant again.
Bookmaker Coral told Express.co.uk Prince William and Kate Middleton are odds on to have a fourth baby in the future.
Princess Beatrice birthday: Meghan Markle chose to give birth in the Portland Hospital
These odds are currently at 1 – 2, royal baby fans will be thrilled to know.
“We think that Prince Louis will have another baby brother or sister join his family in the future. We make it odds on that William and Kate have a fourth baby,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.
A body language expert has previously given Express.co.uk her rundown of the top tips that tell us the Duchess might be with child. What are they?
“With the thought of the morning sickness in the early days she has a degree of weariness because that’s not what you want to be doing as a royal,” Judi said.