Birth of William and Kate’s third child is announced to public by Kensington Palace with a tweet
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a boy. Kate and William’s third child was born at 11.01am at St Mary’s hospital, Paddington, central London. The baby weighed in at 8lb 7oz.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs.
Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.
The arrival of the Cambridges’ third child was also marked with a traditional bulletin on show at Buckingham Palace. A proclamation for the public – on foolscap-sized paper set in a dark wooden frame – was placed on an ornate golden easel on the forecourt of the palace. The notice used to be handwritten, but is now typed.
The prime minister, Theresa May, offered her “warmest congratulations to
The new Prince of Cambridge is fifth in line to the throne, and is Queen Elizabeth II’s sixth great-grandchild.
Under previous rules of succession, a prince would have leapfrogged over his older sister, Princess Charlotte, in the line of succession. However, the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 removed the automatic bias towards male offspring, meaning royal children now inherit the throne in strict order of birth.
Supporters celebrated outside the hospital in central London. Some dedicated royal watchers, including Terry Hutt, in his 80s, had been camped outside the hospital awaiting the new arrival for over a week.
John Loughrey, from Streatham, south London, is part of a group who have been camped outside the hospital. “We are so pleased,” he said. “We have been here for 15 days. I’m so pleased it’s St George’s Day. St George himself would be very pleased if the baby’s born today. It doesn’t matter if it’s a boy or a girl as long as it’s a healthy baby and a healthy mother.”
Loughrey said he plans to celebrate the birth with England flags and a portion of fish and chips.
Those in attendance at the hospital were also treated to the sight of an unofficial town crier announcing the birth. Self-proclaimed Royalist Town Crier Tony Appleton is not an official part of the birth announcement, although he has made it a habit to turn up in costume at the hospital whenever the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth.
The royal couple are yet to announce a name for the baby. After opting for the traditional names George and Charlotte for their first two children, William and Kate are expected to keep it traditional.
Arthur – one of William’s father’s middle names – is the favourite name with bookmakers, then Albert, Frederick, James and Philip.
Two senior royal doctors oversaw the birth – consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing. Both were called in for the arrival of Prince George in 2013 and Princess Charlotte in 2015. The new arrival is slightly heavier than his siblings were at birth. Charlotte weighed 8lb 3oz, slightly less than George’s 8lb 6oz. All three babies were above the national UK average birth weight of around 7lb 7oz.
The crew of the HMS Albion celebrated by posing for a photograph of sailors and Royal Marines forming the word “Boy!” on the ship’s flight deck. The vessel was deployed to the Asia-Pacific region earlier this month.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister, Pippa Middleton, recently announced she was expecting her first child later in the year.