31 years ago, Princess Diana and Prince Charles stood on the very same steps that William and Kate (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) stood on yesterday.
Then, Diana let Charles walk out holding their newborn son, whilst she looked nervous and shy. But yesterday Kate glowed and laughed along with her husband, as they stood and chatted to members of the press. William was relaxed and funny. We all celebrated their joy – not from afar, but from right up close.
It was a stark reminder of how far the UK has come in terms of Royal protocol. Of how Diana fought to lose the ‘stuffiness’ that so long was associated with the Royals. She was the ‘People’s Princess’ and left a legacy that Kate now has the benefit of.
Diana, besieged by the media, went from hating it, to using it as her ally. Kate, comfortable with the spotlight manages to always appear serene and confident.
In those 31 years, many things have changed. Not least of those, maternity wear! At last, it is okay to show your bump!
Check out the slideshow below to see the two different journeys these famous Royals went on, through pregnancy and beyond….