Kate Middleton and Prince William broke royal tradition at Prince George’s birth

Kate Middleton and Prince William had known each other for more than 10 years before tying the knot in 2011.

Since then they have had three children together – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

And while Kate is facing speculation of a fourth pregnancy, thoughts turn to her first experience with giving birth.

While the royals are all for upholding tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided to break one during the birth of George.

Traditionally, the father isn’t by the mother’s side when giving birth.

Births were considered a women-only event up until the middle of the 17th century.

Men were forbidden to be in the room as it was deemed an event only women should witness.

However, William was determined to be by his wife’s side while she gave birth.

Speaking ahead of Prince George’s birth in 2013, royal historian Robert Lacey said: “When Charles was born, Prince Philip played squash here at the palace.

“When Prince William was born, Prince Charles went off and played polo."

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He continued: “I think we’re getting to see the first royal birth where the father himself is present at the birth and sees his new child come into the world.”

Prince George was born on July 22 2013 inside St Mary’s Hospital’s Lindo wing, London – the same place William and his bother Prince Harry came into the world.

Kate went on to have both Charlotte and Louis in the same hospital.

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