7/22/13 — around 5 pm, Daylight Savings Time, Alexandria, Va, USA
The Admiral a half-hour ago: ‘They’ asked Charles how’s she doing and he said, ‘Oh I’m sure you’ll know it before me.’
Friends and readers,
If you pretended you didn’t know which duchess, you’re a hypocrite. It’s a boy. 8 lbs. 6 ounces, more than half a stone.
This morning I knew I should be paying attention to the (bad, serious) New Zealand earthquake. But there was hardly any news. I looked to see how the Duchess was doing. There had at that time been several hours of labor at St Mary’s, Hospital so she was trying to deliver her baby vaginally.
Unfortunately for her (in each life some rain must fall) it’s improbable that the public response to how she delivers is without influence. Nowadays even in the UK it’s getting to be common that such a length of time would lead to a C-section. OTOH, a C-section puts her at high risk for another birth so she has won this one too. I have read in a couple of more intelligent places she’s had a very hard pregnancy. So now the woman need not get pregnant again for a while.
The admiral also reported the betting odds favored a girl, and the name thought likely by the bookies Alexandra (George V’s wife and also Edward VI).
As a feminist interested in numinous women, I’d be an ostrich to not comment and not to describe the babies the UK and US societies don’t care about — in fact punish through their mothers:
Sylvia, the Admiral’s own honorary duchess who like her is still firm for a republic