Birth of Stella McCartney

Monday, September 13, 1971


Stella McCartney, the first child of Linda and Paul McCartney, was born on this day. From Wikipedia:

McCartney was born on 13 September 1971 at King’s College Hospital in London, the second child of American photographer Linda McCartney and former Beatle Paul McCartney. She is named after her maternal great-grandmothers (both of Linda McCartney’s grandmothers were named Stella). As a little girl, McCartney travelled the globe with her parents and their group Wings, along with her siblings: older half-sister Heather (who was legally adopted by Paul McCartney), older sister Mary, and younger brother James. According to her father, the name of Wings was inspired by Stella’s difficult delivery. As his daughter was being born by emergency caesarean section, Paul sat outside the operating room and prayed that she be born “on the wings of an angel”. […]

When Linda gave birth to Stella there was a complication: something called placenta previa. She had to have a Caesarian and stay in hospital to recover. To be supportive, I stayed there with her, sleeping in a little camp-bed. It had been such a touch-and-go thing, such a drama, that I was imagining angels’ wings. And I thought, ‘That’s a nice image – WINGS. I wonder if there’s been a band called Wings?’ That’s how the name came about, in King’s College Hospital, in London, as we recovered from the birth of Stella. So Wings became the name.

Paul McCartney, Wingspan

Last updated on June 10, 2020

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