These Are the Good-Luck Charms Kate Is Bringing with Her to the Hospital

Including a special gift from the Queen

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth at St. Mary's Hospital in central London any day now to her third child with Prince William, and my sources have told me she's got her hospital bag filled with specially selected trinkets packed and ready to go when the big moment arrives. According to royal watchers close to the palace, Kate is bringing along all sorts of treats and tokens selected by her family to bring her luck during the much anticipated royal birth.

Kate's most treasured good luck charms come from the two women she most admires. According to OK! Magazine, the duchess treasures the 19th century alabaster cameo pendant from Queen Elizabeth II and her Carole Middleton's black onyx beads and will keep them close at hand in hospital.

Prince William is said to have given his wife her favorite Madagascan vanilla aromatherapy candle and a CD of "calming music." Prince George and Princess Charlotte have tucked away a few of their favorite stuffed animals in their mum's bag.

"The children wanted mummy to have something to cuddle," said my source.

As she has done with her two previous pregnancies, the duchess has reportedly selected a few family photos, including one of her parents, for her bedside table at hospital. An avid reader, Kate has also filled her Kindle with her favorite books, said the source.

The Lindo Wing at St. Mary's, where the duchess gave birth to George and Charlotte, has the same luxurious accommodations found in a five-star hotel (including an on-call chef) and comes with a similarly stunning price-tag reportedly costing £5,900 for a one-night stay and £6,275 for a deluxe package. But the royals need not worry about the duchess racking up a huge bill. When Charlotte was born, Kate appeared on the hospital steps with a fresh blow-out wearing high heels less than 24 hours after the newest princess arrived and promptly left for her parents country estate in Bucklebury shortly afterwards.

The duchess was last seen in public at Easter Service with the Queen and is expected to take a lengthy maternity leave from her public duties after the new baby is born. The baby is due mere weeks before the royal family's other big event, the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19th. And for more royals coverage, read up on Prince Harry's Greatest Fear About His Wedding. 

Diane Clehane is a New York-based journalist and author of Imagining Diana and Diana: The Secrets of Her Style.

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