It's a Boy! There's A New Baby Prince in Britain's Royal Family
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William Welcome a Son at St. Mary's Hospital in London
It's a boy!
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a son, her third child with Prince William. According to the official statement, the new Baby Cambridge weighs 8lbs 7oz. and was born on Monday, April 23 at 11:01 am. Prince William was present for the birth. "Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well," said the official announcement released on the royals Twitter feed. "The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news," Kensington Palace said.
Prince William and Catherine drove to the hospital from their home at Kensington Palace at 6 am to St Mary's in Paddington, west London on Monday and after a short labor, the baby was born at the private Lindo wing. William was born at the same hospital to the late Princess Diana in 1982. The couple's two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were also born there.
The new prince will be Queen Elizabeth's sixth great-grandchild and fifth-in-line to the British throne behind siblings Prince George, 4, Princess Charlotte, William, and grandfather Prince Charles.
Prince Harry now falls to sixth in line.
No name has been announced, but according to royal sources the favorite names with London bookmakers are Albert, Arthur and Fred. Michael, Catherine's father's name is also being considered for part of the name as is Philip, to honor William's grandfather. For the moment, the child is known as HRH Prince Cambridge.
Catherine suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness, during this pregnancy as she has twice before. Her last official public appearance was on Easter Sunday.
Catherine and William married at Westminster Abbey in April 2011 after dating for her nearly ten years. They met as students at St Andrews University in Scotland. Both are hands-on parents and William has said his desire to be an involved parent comes from the loving way Princess Diana raised him and Harry. Both he and Catherine have been criticized in the UK for not doing as many engagements as other royals. "I want to bring my children up as good people with the idea of service and duty … but if I can't give my time to my children as well, then I worry about their future."
William and Catherine will attend Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle next month on May 19th. Sources have told me that William will walk Meghan down the aisle. George and Charlotte will play a role in the wedding. The duchess is expected to attend the church but may forego the reception and dinner.
"Catherine is solely focused on the new baby," said my source. "Both William and the duchess put their children before anything else."
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