st elizabeth hospital

Group Portrait of the Regentesses of the St. Elisabeths (1641). Jan Cornelisz. Verspronck (Dutch, c.1603-1662). Oil on canvas. Frans Hals Museum.

Like Hals, Verspronck was a particularly sensitive portraitist of women. He was never commissioned to paint a regent group portrait but he was hired to execute two of regentesses. They are his most imposing paintings. The first group, dated 1641, depicts the Regentesses of the St Elizabeth Hospital, one of whom reads from a book.

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The second royal baby has made her debut!

William and Kate welcomed a daughter at 8:34 am in London this morning, weighing in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces.

Prince George visited his new sister at the hospital before she made her appearance outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital with her parents.

The family then left for Kensington Palace so that the new little royal could meet the rest of her family.

Her name will be revealed in the next day or two, as it can’t be announced until the Queen meets her.

Hopefully we’ll get some pictures of Prince George and his little sister together soon too!  They’re both just so cute!

Congrats to William, Kate, George, and the rest of the royal family!