The history of royal baby bumps in pictures is certainly a rich one. From Princess Diana's iconic pregnancy photos to snapshots of Kate Middleton's maternity outfits, it's clear that the British royal family knows how to show off a baby bump with style. Considering the exciting news that Meghan Markle is now expecting a baby, it's worth embracing the nostalgia that comes from royal pregnancies throughout the years.
Royal History of Baby Bumps
Who doesn't love babies — including royal babies? It's safe to say that the tiniest princes and princesses have been adored by countless fans for years. However, it's worth keeping in mind that royal women didn't always flaunt their pregnancies like they do today. It's arguable that the main reason why that changed was the same reason why a lot of things about being a royal changed: Princess Diana.
When the beloved late princess was pregnant with her first child, there were banner headlines declaring the "wonderful news" and details about how the mom-to-be and her then-husband Prince Charles were "delighted" about the new baby. Now today, that might not strike us as an odd declaration. But as People magazine pointed out in a 1981 article, Prince Charles' birth in November 1948 could not have been proclaimed more differently: It was officially announced with a mysterious message that Queen Elizabeth would "undertake no public engagements after the end of June." Wow — can you imagine if Meghan Markle tried announcing her pregnancy in such a manner today?
As you may recall, Princess Diana did not hide her baby bumps while expecting her royal babies, Prince William and Prince Harry. Even though it was later revealed that Princess Diana suffered terrible morning sickness with her first pregnancy, it was hard to see that at the time because of how radiant she looked in maternity wear. Of course, Princess Diana would go on to not only change the face of royal pregnancies but also royal motherhood — publicly showering her boys with love, affection, and emotional support. So when you look at the most recent royal history of baby bumps in pictures, remember to tip your fascinator to the woman who likely started it all.
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