Serena Williams is celebrated world wide for her love for tennis, but many do not know that the mother of one almost lost her life during pregnancy.
Williams, who is married to Alexis Ohanian, had been off the tennis court to allow her heal after under going an emergency caesarean which saw her bedridden for weeks after she developed blood clots in the lungs and abdomen.
The former world number one developed a ‘slew of health complications’ after developing a pulmonary embolism 24 hours after her baby’s arrival.
As a result she spent the first six weeks of motherhood in bed as she recovered from the ordeal.
According to Daily Mail, Serena will playing the Wimbledon Finals, an event that will see her friend Meghan Markle the Duchess of Sussex cheer her on.
Serena Williams has reached her 10th Wimbledon women’s singles final – just ten months after nearly dying during childbirth and if she wins this game on Saturday, she will become the first to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish since Goolagong triumphed 38 years ago.
On Sunday, Kate and the Duke of Cambridge will watch the men’s singles final on Centre Court.
Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, watched on as wife Williams triumphed in her semi-final on Thursday, beating Julia Goerges 6-2 6-4 in one hour 10 minutes.The couple announced the birth of daughter Olympia in September.
Williams appeared delighted but shocked to have made it through.
She told BBC Sport: ‘It’s crazy, I don’t even know how to feel. I didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back after 16 months away.
‘This was not inevitable for me, I had a really difficult pregnancy and I had to have multiple surgeries, I almost didn’t make it.
‘I remember when I couldn’t even walk to my mailbox, so it’s definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final.’
Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Cliff Richard and actor Stanley Tucci were among the stars in the Royal Box to watch the women’s semi-finals.
The Duchess of Sussex will cheer on Serena Williams who has reached her 10th Wimbledon women’s singles final – just ten months after nearly dying during childbirth.
Williams whose daughter Olympia was delivered by an emergency caesarean section on September 1, will play in the final, two months after taking a front row seat at Meghan’s wedding in Windsor.
Meghan will be joined by fellow duchess Kate Middleton, a Wimbledon patron, as the former champion fights it out against Germany’s Angelique Kerber.
Miss Williams, 36, who faces Germany’s Angelique Kerber, was a guest at Meghan’s marriage to Prince Harry in May and spoke last night about her bond with the former actress.
“We always had a wonderful friendship,’ she said. ‘Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon, has supported me… Now she’s supporting me in a different role but our friendship is still exactly the same. We always have supported each other, just been there for each other through a lot. I look forward to it.”
Asked whether she sees herself as ‘tennis royalty’, Miss Williams, who has won Wimbledon seven times, replied: ‘If there was a royalty, I probably would be.
“If there was a Wimbledon royalty, I would like to believe I would be Wimbledon royalty because I’ve done pretty well here in the past.’ Miss Williams said she has surprised herself by reaching the final, nine months after she nearly died following the birth of daughter Olympia.”
The Queen must be told a child is born into the royal family before any news is given to the public.
Traditionally the announcement to the public would be made via an easel outside Buckingham palace, but this royal tradition was broken by Kate and William, when they announced the birth of Prince George on Twitter.
It has been reported that the Queen was told of Prince George’s birth by Prince William via an encrypted phone.
2. Father’s are banned from the birthing room
Tradition dictates that giving birth should be a female-only event and fathers are not permitted in the delivery room.
Kensington Palace have confirmed that Kate was driven to the private maternity Lindo Wing with husband, Prince William today, but it is not known if he will be in the room when his baby is born.
3. The town crier announces the news to the public
The privilege of announcing the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte was given to town crier Tony Appleton.
The custom of having a town crier to make the announcement dates back to medieval times when many people could not read or write.
4. Home births are the preferred option
Adhering to tradition, the birth of a royal would take place at Buckingham Palace.
The Queen gave birth to all her children in the palace, but this protocol was broken by Princess Diana who gave birth to sones Prince Harry and Prince William.
Diana gave birth at London’s St Mary’s Hospital in the private Lindo Wing, the same building Kate is at now.
5. Midwives vow not to speak about the birth
The midwives who will help Kate today are not allowed to reveal any information about the royal birth.
6. After the birth of a royal baby, there is a gun salute
A 62-gun salute occurs at the Tower of London following the birth of a royal child. It is expected to last about ten minutes.
7. The new royal baby will not be given a surname
Members of the royal family often have several names, but the new arrival will not be given an official last name.
8. A royal baby’s first official appearance
As we all wait for the last member of the royal family to arrive and hopes are high to get a glimpse of the boy or girl, this will not be the baby’s first official appearance.
This would take place at his or her christening, which can take place days or weeks after the birth, though there is no set amount of time.
9. Prince William will get time off to help out
Once a royal baby is born, Prince William will be given paternity leave to help look after the newborn.
After George and Charlotte was born, Prince William received paternity leave from the Royal Air Force, this was unpaid though.
10. A royal baby must be registered
Just like the rest of us, a new royal baby must be registered with the government no more than 42 days after they are born.
According to People, there’s a special meaning behind selecting a blanket from this company to present a new royal to the world. When Prince William was born, Princess Diana carried him out of St. Mary’s hospital in a blanket from the same brand. Kate and William carried on the tradition by wrapping both Prince George and Princess Charlotte for their debuts.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got competitive on a ‘bandy hockey’ rink today on their first engagement of a tour to Sweden and Norway.
Wrapped up in thick coats, bobble hats and snow boots, Prince William and Kate Middleton were each handed a stick and ball and invited to take three shots at goal from a red carpet that had been hilariously rolled out onto the ice.
William stepped up first and scored with two of his attempts.
Kate, who was a formidable field hockey player at school, had a better stance but was on target just once.
The couple, who this morning embarked on a four-day official tour of Sweden and Norway, starting in Stockholm, were at an outdoor rink in the capital for an introduction to the popular local sport.
Pregnant Kate kept the cold at bay in temperatures of -1°C, wrapping up in a Burberry shearling coat teamed with skinny jeans and Sorel snow boots, while she and William both donned bobble hats to keep their ears warm.
Ever the diplomatic dresser, the Duchess wore a burgundy jumper by popular Swedish brand Fjällräven.
Before the game Kate and William drank an alcohol free tipple from a flask brought in a Bandy Portfolj – or Bandy Briefcase – a traditional office-style briefcase that traditionally contains a flask of warm wine or coffee laced with alcohol. The drink in the flask is normally called ‘Glögg’ a gluhwein type drink.
Anna Widing, 29, an international Bandy player, talked the couple through what they needed to do before the shoot out.
She says, ‘Kate had played field hockey and I was expecting her to be good — and she was very good. She knew how to hold the stick and she had a very good swing. I was impressed.’
Prince William, The Duke Of Cambridge was in Kenya over the weekend to attend the wedding of his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Craig, something that baffled many and was the talk of UK magazines and tabloids.
The other thing that was glaringly noticeable during his visit was the absence of his wife, Kate Middleton. Despite this, the Prince seemed upbeat and joyful. This was also discussed in detail by Kenyans, most who found it inappropriate for him to attend his former flame’s wedding.
But for Maina Kageni, he did not see what the big deal was. He could not help but wonder why people were making mountains out of mole hills, since to him, there is no problem when a lady is still friends or still communicates with her ex once in a while.
Kenyan men did not agree with this and they decided to call in and give their views about the matter, and whether they would let their wives talk to their exes. Listen to the interesting conversation below.
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl, Kensington Palace has confirmed. The princess was born at 8.34am this morning with the Duke of Cambridge present for her birth. Kensington Palace announced the birth shortly after 11am, some five hours after Kate was admitted to the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
The Duchess and her newborn daughter are both ‘doing well’, a palace spokesman said. The announcement came by way of a statement released by Kensington Palace shortly after 11am. It was then posted on the palace’s official Twitter page two minutes later.
‘Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am. The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz. ‘The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.
‘Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.’
At around 12.30 a framed certificate signed by Kate’s medical team was placed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace with the same words.
The baby’s name is not yet known but Alice and Charlotte are the most popular among bookmakers.
Judging by Prince George’s first year, Kate Middleton seemed to have the whole “mom” thing down. But add baby No. 2 to the mix, and, well, things change. Vanity Fair had the idea to poll a bunch of Park Slope moms for their tried-and-true child-rearing tips.
While the moms had advice on everything from sleep training to skipping showers to letting babies cry so you can steal some time for yourself to pee, the best bit of advice comes from Zoey and Riley’s mom, Meirav.
If you smoke a little pot, you can get really excited about getting down on the floor and doing a puzzle, or reading the same book over and over again. Of course, you need to be responsible about it. As long as you know what to do if one of the kids is choking, you’re O.K.