Kate Middleton cradles tiny baby girl in 'touching' moment at maternity unit

The Princess of Wales made a surprise appearance at the Royal Surrey hospital on Wednesday to visit its outstanding-rated maternity unit

Kate Middleton cradles tiny baby girl in 'touching' moment at maternity unit
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Kate Middleton had royal fans' hearts melting today after she was pictured cradling a tiny baby girl at a maternity unit in southern England.

Kate Middleton shared a precious moment with a newborn baby in southern England this afternoon, marking her first public engagement in the country since the period of royal mourning for Queen Elizabeth II ended.

The Princess of Wales made a surprise visit to the Royal Surrey hospital on Wednesday, meeting with staff, pregnant women, and new mothers at its outstanding-rated maternity unit.

An adorable photo of her cradling a tiny baby named Bianca Moran has since circulated online, prompting an outpouring of sweet messages from the royal icon's devout following. Wearing a sunshine yellow dress, Kate showed off her natural maternal instincts as she cuddled the newborn and chatted with her mother, Sylvia Novak.

"She's very sweet," the princess said, holding Bianca carefully in her arms. It's understood Sylvia had first asked Kate if she'd like to hold her daughter, to which the 41-year-old replied, "Am I allowed to?"


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"The Princess of Wales is in her glory holding a baby. She truly glows with a baby in her arms," one royal fan wrote online.

"What a beautiful picture capturing a beautiful moment," another person commented. 

Baby Bianca was born six weeks prematurely on Tuesday and is currently being monitored in the hospital's special care baby unit. Her Hungarian-born mum, Sylvia, reflected on the interaction afterward.

"(The princess) was lovely to speak to. I was really impressed," she told ITV. "You don’t feel like you have classes between you. It’s really nice."

Kate also met with the unit's Jasmine Team, who support women suffering from mental health issues during their pregnancy and the initial post-natal period, and received a tour of the department by Amy Stubbs, Deputy Director of Midwifery, and Clare Cardu, Deputy Head of Midwifery.

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The princess' visit created quite the buzz in the maternity wing, with crowds of people lining its hallways to greet their VIP guest. 

In one conversation with a pregnant woman, Kate reflected on her own experience of motherhood, admitting it “took ages” for her and Prince William to choose the names of their three children. The princess gave birth to all of her kids, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and four-year-old Prince Louis, at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London.

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

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