An Inside Look into Princess Kate's Scenic Hospital Route (VIDEOS)
An inside peek at the journey that Kate took from the palace to the hospital when she went into labor
It’s a route that Princess Kate will have etched into her memory – and one that Princess Diana would very likely have taken while in labor with both Prince William and Prince Harry. The trip is a short but important one – it’s the trip pregnant Kate took early Saturday morning from her London home in Kensington Palace to St. Mary’s hospital when the when she went into the early stages of labor.
The journey which takes approximately 10 minutes in a car, is not only a historic one but it’s also particularly scenic as it cuts through two of London’s beautiful leafy parks.
Driving through the main gates of Kensington Palace and taking a left onto Kensington Road, the route took Kate (with William by her side) past the Albert Memorial, which is considered one of the most ornate and beautiful landmarks in London. It was commissioned by a grief-stricken Queen Victoria in honor of her husband after he died in 1861.
Then their trusty driver likely cut through the parks, with Kensington Gardens to the left and Hyde Park on the right, before taking them over the Serpentine, a lake that is often used for leisurely boat trips in the summer, and lastly the famous Serpentine Gallery, known for their world renowned art exhibitions and architecture.
Exiting the park and turning onto Bayswater Road, the expectant mom would then arrive in Paddington, where she was escorted into St. Mary’s hospital through a side entrance and whisked into the Lindo Wing where her medical team was waiting.
Back in 2013, Kate would have had a particularly speedy journey as she arrived at the hospital with Prince William at around 5:30 a.m., in the early stages of labor. This time around, she arrived just a little later than that, at 6 a.m.