For the average woman who just gave birth, wearing a fancy dress and having perfect hair is probably low on her list of priorities. But the average woman isn't Kate Middleton. When she, Prince William, and their new baby prince exited the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital on Tuesday, there were swarms of photographers and cameramen staking out the exits to capture the newly expanded royal family's departure, so who can blame the Duchess of Cambridge for wanting to look fantastic? Early this morning, her private hair stylist, Amanda Cook Tucker, was enlisted to tame and curl Middleton's hair, and she was accompanied by another woman, possibly an assistant or stylist.
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Arthur Edwards, a longtime royal photographer working for the Sun, tweeted that he spotted Middleton's stylist entering the Lindo Wing in London at 9:56 that morning. Edwards has been photographing the royal family since 1977 and was also waiting outside of St. Mary's when Prince William was born in 1982, so it's no surprise that he was able to spot Middleton's hairdresser in the crowd. Tucker arrived at the hospital with a suitcase full of grooming supplies. The other woman brought along a large garment bag containing clothes for the royal couple.
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Just a day after delivering her first child, Kate looked truly beautiful as she emerged from St. Mary's Hospital in a cornflower-blue crepe de chine dress by Jenny Packham, one of her favorite go-to British designers. The dress appears to be a custom-modified version of the white polka dot dresses Packham sent down the spring 2013 runways last September, which have been worn by celebrities like Amy Adams and Dita Von Teese. (For a similar look on a budget, we'd suggest the $84 polka dot skater dress by British e-tailer ASOS.) The cap-sleeved, empire-waist dress featured a polka dot print that conjured up images of Princess Diana – Prince William's mother wore a polka dot dress while exiting St. Mary's Hospital after giving birth to him. It's also probably not a coincidence that the new royal parents both wore blue in honor of their baby boy.While many new moms leave the hospital in a wheelchair (or wish they did), Middleton descended the steps in nude slingback wedges. And, of course, she was wearing her famous sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring.
And now on to that signature mane. Did you expect anything other than flawless, frizz-free strands on the duchess? Middleton was a loyal client at Richard Ward's salon in London's Chelsea neighborhood until last September, when Amanda Cook Tucker, 50, accompanied the royal couple on their Diamond Jubilee tour to Southeast Asia. Tucker may be a low-profile stylist, but she had already been cutting the hair of Prince William and Harry since they were children, and she became Middleton's go-to hairstylist during her pregnancy, thanks in part to the fact that Tucker makes house calls. A source told the Daily Mail that "Amanda is an expert at what Kate loves – full glossy blow-dries that hold." That was certainly evident today.
Apparently Tucker's ex-husband, Neville Tucker, also has royal connections. The Daily Mail reports that his Knightsbridge salon held the Royal Warrant (issued to tradespeople who provide goods or services to royalty) from 1980 to 1994 and that he worked with Queen Elizabeth's longest-serving hairdresser, Charles Martyn.
The royal family's brief appearance was touching, and Middleton's hair, makeup, and ensemble were impeccable. William joked to the press that his baby has "way more hair than me," so Tucker may soon have a new client in the young prince.