The news was confirmed by Kensington Palace who said in an official statement released at 8.29 pm tonight that the Duchess had given birth to a baby boy at 4.24 pm today.
It was revealed that the new baby weighed a very healthy 8lb 6oz and that the Duchess’s husband was at her side during the birth. This may be almost expected in modern times but it was not always the case and especially so with Royal births. When Prince Charles was born for example his father, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, was nowhere near and was actually playing a game of squash with s friend.
Following a Royal tradition the news of the birth was announced at Buckingham Palace by the Queen’s Press Secretary placing a notice confirming the new arrival on a gold easel close to the gates by the large crowds waiting outside for news.
The document was signed by the Queen’s gynaecologist, Marcus Setchell, who delivered the new prince today together with his medical team at the St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. Kate chose to have her first child in the hospital’s private Lindo Wing, the same place that her husband was born.
The new baby will immediately be 3rd in line to the throne replacing his uncle, Prince Harry, who was in that position until this afternoon. First in line to the throne is his grandfather, Prince Charles, followed by his father, Prince William.
No doubt the next big wait will be seeing what the new baby will be called. Although there is not expected to be an announcement of the new baby’s name for a few days we do know that his official title will be the Prince of Cambridge.
As you would expect news of the Royal birth was greeted with delight with messages of joy and congratulations coming from the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla as well as the Prime Minister and the US President.
Kate and the new baby will be spending the night at the hospital but at the moment are probably expected to leave to return to Kensington Palace tomorrow. It is quite likely that the Duchess will then spend some time with her mother, Carole Middleton. Sadly she is the new baby’s only grandmother following the death of Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana, in a road crash in Paris in 1997.