CATHERINE, THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE GIVES BIRTH TO A BABY BOY. CATHERINE, THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE GIVES BIRTH TO A BABY BOY.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated the birth of their third child on Monday; a boy who becomes fifth in line to the... CATHERINE, THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE GIVES BIRTH TO A BABY BOY.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated the birth of their third child on Monday; a boy who becomes fifth in line to the throne.

The child, whose name has not yet been announced, was born at 11.01am and weighed 8lbs 7oz (3.8kg), Kensington Palace said. His mother, Kate, was said to be doing well and was due to leave hospital on Monday evening. His father, William, was present for the birth.

 

The young prince’s elder brother and sister arrived at the central London hospital to visit him shortly after his birth and the royal family was said to be overjoyed to welcome its newest member.

“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,” the palace said on Monday.

About five hours after the birth, Prince William left the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s hospital in the Paddington area of London to collect the couple’s other two children, four-year-old Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who turns three on 2 May.

William appeared to tell reporters, “Back in a minute”, before driving away in a Land Rover Discovery.

George, who has spent the day at school and was dressed in his school uniform, appeared a little shy, but Charlotte waved at the cameras twice, turning to do so and smiling as she walked up the steps.

Kensington Palace said the baby’s name would be “announced in due course”, but Arthur is already the favourite with punters, according to bookmakers.

Kensington Palace announced the baby’s arrival in a statement shortly after 1pm and a formal notice of the birth was placed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace on an ornate golden easel.

The public proclamation – on foolscap paper set in a dark wooden frame – used to be handwritten, but is now typed. A celebratory over-sized Union Flag was raised over the roof of the palace.

 

The prime minister, Theresa May, said:

Congratulations to Kate and William on the birth of their baby boy. I wish them all the very best.

— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) April 23, 2018

 

The Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “The birth of a new baby is a special and joyful time for any family – my congratulations and best wishes to William, Catherine and the new baby’s (no doubt very excited) big brother and sister on this happy occasion.”

The couple’s third child, the Queen’s sixth great-grandchild, was born on the day dedicated to Saint George, the patron saint of one of the nations the young prince could one day rule – England.

The arrival of a baby boy was a surprise for his parents, who had chosen not to find out what they were having until the birth.

A huge media presence gathered outside the Lindo Wing in anticipation. A group of monarchy enthusiasts and tourists was also present, both there and at Buckingham Palace. David Janzen, who was visiting the UK from Edmonton, in Canada, was among those who gathered outside the Queen’s official residence on Monday afternoon.

Outside the hospital when the news was announced a small crowd of around 300 cheered and shouted: “Hip hip hooray.”

“I was watching the news earlier and saw the announcement, so my wife and I decided to come down to Buckingham Palace and see it all happen,” said the 62-year-old.

Terry Hutt, who is in his 80s, had been camped outside the central London hospital awaiting the new arrival for more than a week.

John Loughrey, from Streatham, south London, was also part of a group who had 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 planned to celebrate the birth with England flags and a portion of fish and chips. Those at the hospital were also treated to the sight of an unofficial town crier announcing the birth. The self-proclaimed royalist town crier, Tony Appleton, is not an official part of the birth announcement, but has made it a habit to turn up in costume at the hospital whenever the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth.

After William and Kate opted for the traditional names George and Charlotte for their first two children, Arthur – one of William’s father’s middle names – is the favourite with bookmakers, then Albert, Frederick, James and Philip.

In a stunt, a waxwork model of Queen Elizabeth II was driven past the hospital in a black taxi, and the political artist Kaya Mar arrived with a painting of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children posing in a biblical scene reminiscent of the nativity.

The crew of the HMS Albion celebrated by posing for a photograph with 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.

 

Obinna Onyia

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