An unknown fact from the life of Charles III and his wife. It’s about giving birth

  1. Camilla Shand was born 16 months before Charles Windsor

  2. The queen of the consort was born in a hospital in London, the king in the apartment of Elizabeth II, who gave birth four times in the palace

  3. Despite the difference in the time and place where their mothers’ pregnancies were terminated, the same people were present at the births of the current royal couple

  4. One of them is the midwife with whom the monarch had died a few days ago

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“Unique combination”

The British king and queen consort are almost the same age. Charles III was born on November 14, 1948, his wife 16 months earlier – on July 17, 1947. He was born in the royal chamber – at the time when Elizabeth II was giving birth to her children, home births were a frequent choice (and in the royal family a standard), she at the famous King’s College Hospital London. Despite these differences, their births have a common denominator.

They are two people who – as it turned out – accompanied their birth. Karol himself informed about this fact when he and his wife visited the aforementioned London hospital. “My beloved wife was born here, but amazingly, we had the same gynecologist and the same nurse.” – said the then 65-year-old prince, which the British considered “a unique combination” and “destiny”.

From midwife to friend

Charles did not elaborate on the subject, but British journalists did manage to establish the identity of the staff. The famous gynecologist in question was probably Sir John Peel, who was present at the birth of all the royal children. However, more is known about the midwife.

The new king was probably referring to Helen Rowe, who was also at the birth of all four children of Elizabeth II and her husband, Philip. The midwife, like the gynecologist who looked after little Karol and little Camilla and their mothers, worked in a London hospital on a daily basis. They were both “hired” for what we would today call commercial births. Therefore, it was possible that they welcomed to the world both today’s queen consort and the new king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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Rowe and the queen had a special bond, as evidenced by, among others letters in which the monarch informed the midwife about how her children were developing. This relationship was certainly influenced by the fact that Rowe spent a lot of time with the queen. She watched over the queen’s pregnancies and, near the due date, moved into Buckingham Palace to constantly support Elizabeth II.

This moment was awaited by the British and scrupulously recorded, as evidenced by an article in “The Times of March 2, 1964. We read in it that 63-year-old Helen Rowe has just moved in with the queen, and therefore the birth of a fourth child is to be expected. Interestingly, it also notes how “effective” a midwife is: “The last time the queen’s midwife … was called to the palace, Prince Andrew was born within four days.” Prince Edward was born on March 10, 1964 on, eight days after publication.

Home births are a royal tradition

The author of the article also mentions that there is a discussion among experts as to whether home births should still take place. It was a reference to the tradition of the royal family, where both pregnancy and its termination were hidden from the public. For example Queen Elizabeth II “hid” in the palace every time her pregnancy curves became visible. The palace also did not report when the due date was approaching; talked only about “temporary indisposition” or “interruption in the performance of monarch’s duties”.

The tradition of home births in the royal family was broken only by Princess Diana, who decided to give birth in a hospital (St. Mary in Paddington). Meghan, Prince Harry’s wife, also gave birth in the same facility.

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