The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales visited King’s College Hospital on Thursday. This visit was particularly special for the Duchess as it is where she was born.
Camilla, 66, was born on 17th July 1947 at the hospital in South London. She and the Prince of Wales received a teddy bear as a gift during their visit with the words ‘I’m a King’s baby’ written on it.
Prince Charles, who was born at Buckingham Palace a year later in 1948, joked that the same medical staff delivered both him and his wife. He said in a speech “My darling wife was born here but, amazingly, we had the same gynaecologist and the same nurse.” A spokesperson confirmed that at the time of Charles’ birth, royal obstetricians were based at the hospital.
The royal couple toured the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit which looks after around 650 seriously ill babies every year. The Duchess took great interest in the premature babies still in their incubators; she has five grandchildren herself.
After the visit, the parent of a 5 month old being treated at the hospital said “Camilla was fantastic. She had Jessie in fits of giggles and was so good with him, pulling funny faces to make him laugh. She’s a gran herself so she’s obviously good with babies. Jessie was born with a bowel defect last August and we’ve been here in the unit ever since.”
King’s College Hospital is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals. It is widely recognised internationally for its work and last year the hospital celebrated 100 years in Camberwell, where it moved to in 1913.