When Beyoncé announced that she and Jay Z were expecting twins, the result set an Instagram record. Not that it's at all shocking, since she is the queen, after all. Blue Ivy is set to be a big sister, and her mum posted every moment from her pregnancy in the form of picture-perfect social media posts. And yet, she still managed to keep the details intensely private.
But she hasn't posted any news since the end of May, and sources have now reportedly claimed she has given birth. As we wait for visual confirmation Bey has welcomed her twins, take a look back at a pregnancy that has had everyone watching.
February 1, 2017
Beyoncé announces her pregnancy on Instagram. 'We would like to share our love and happiness,' she wrote in a caption. 'We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.' Artist Awol Erizku confirmed he was behind the artistic photoshoot.
Seven hours later
The announcement becomes the most-liked Instagram photo of all time, besting Selena Gomez.
February 12, 2017
Beyoncé performs at the Grammy Awards, singing a medley of songs from her album Lemonade and reciting poetry by Warsan Shire. The entire performance is an ode to motherhood, and she was introduced by her own mother, Tina Lawson. Jay Z and Blue Ivy cheered her on in the front row.
During her acceptance speech for Best Urban Contemporary Album, she mentioned her hopes and dreams for her family.
'It's important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys, and see themselves,' she said. 'And have no doubt that they're beautiful, intelligent, and capable.'
February 23, 2017
Beyoncé cancels her scheduled headlining performance at the Coachella music festival. In a statement, she said she was 'following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule.' She instead will perform in 2018, and Lady Gaga performed in her place at 2017's festival.
February 25, 2017
Though they don't attend the Oscars, Beyoncé and Jay Z do attend a pre-Oscars party to celebrate the movie Lion. Bey wore a body-hugging dress by Nicole Miller and posted photos to her website after the party.
March 2, 2017
Jay Z and Beyoncé take Blue Ivy to the Los Angeles premiere of Beauty and the Beast. All three wore Gucci, and Blue Ivy wore a dress with a '25' patch, which may have been a nod to Adele, who had recently said Beyoncé deserved her Album of the Year Grammy.
March 7, 2017
To celebrate stepdad Richard Lawson's 70th birthday, Beyoncé attends a party wearing a figure-hugging black velvet dress and thigh-high boots.
A week later, she posts photos from the big event on her website. Some fans noted she was wearing the same earrings as she did in the music video for 'If I Were a Boy,' perhaps signaling she was having twin boys.
April 2, 2017
Bey posts a slew of Instagram photos of her date night with Jay Z, including one incredibly sweet shot of Blue Ivy hugging her pregnant belly.
April 4, 2017
Beyoncé releases a new song and music video on Tidal. The video for the piano ballad 'Die With You' features footage from her and Jay Z's wedding, the birth of Blue Ivy and her current pregnancy with twins. She also releases a playlist of her favourite love songs.
April 16, 2017
April 22, 2017
Beyoncé reunites with Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams to promote Rowland's new book, Whoa Baby!, which is all about pregnancy and motherhood.
April 28, 2017
Jessica Alba throws a Michael Jackson and Prince-themed party, and Beyoncé is one of the guests. Nearly a month after the party, Bey posts 'throwback' photos of the event, showing off an Any Old Iron jacket that is literally named after her.
April 29, 2017
Beyoncé's mother, Tina Lawson, throws the inaugural Wearable Art Gala at the California African American Museum. Bey attends the gala and wears an elaborate floral headdress. 'Mom, you inspire us all to be generous, selfless, positive, to have empathy, to love and to praise creativity in the world,' she wrote on Instagram. 'It brought tears to my eyes to be a witness to what you and Richard have created together.'
April 30, 2017
May 4, 2017
Beyoncé's rep issues a strongly worded statement after a gossip blog claims she's had lip injections. 'What do you know about the effects of pregnancy on a woman's entire body? Please tell me,' Yvette Noel-Schure wrote. 'I stood silent during Beyoncé's first pregnancy when you thought it was okay to bully her like the cowards you are, when you accused her of never being pregnant, but I simply cannot this time.'
May 4, 2017
Beyoncé posts photos of herself wearing a shirt featuring the word 'Preggers.' The shirt was only $23 from Asos, and it sold out almost immediately.
May 14, 2017
For Mother's Day, Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Jay Z and Tina visit the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles. Beyoncé and Blue Ivy wear matching Dolce & Gabbana dresses. Beyoncé shares photos on Instagram a week later.
May 20, 2017
Her friends and family throw her a Carter Push Party, with guests like Serena Williams, La La Anthony and Destiny's Child bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. The next day, Bey posts artistic portraits from the celebration, featuring Jay Z.
May 30, 2017
The day after Memorial Day, Bey posts a sweet photo of herself holding Blue Ivy in a swimsuit. It's the last thing she posts on Instagram for weeks.