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Royal Baby: Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth to Boy

It’s a boy: A notice is placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, in London, April 23, 2018

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William has given birth to a boy, the couple’s third child after being admitted to hospital on Monday [23 April].

The couple had earlier driven from their home Kensington Palace to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London where their other two children, George and Charlotte, were also born at the private Lindo Wing of the hospital. The latest addition to their family delivered at the NHS hospital continues a royal tradition as both Princes William and Harry were also delivered at the neonatal clinic.

“The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, earlier this morning in the early stages of labour,” Kensington Palace said earlier in a statement.

The new royal becomes fifth-in-line to the British throne behind siblings Prince George, 4, and his two-year-old sister Princess Charlotte, William, and grandfather and heir Prince Charles.

William’s younger brother Harry, drop down the pecking order to sixth on the succession list.

As with her two previous pregnancies, Kate, 36, suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, a debilitating form of morning sickness which can cause severe nausea and vomiting and require supplementary hydration and nutrients.

Her last engagement ahead of the birth was on March 22 when she and William attended a number of events in London to celebrate the Commonwealth ahead of a recent meeting of its leaders.

Mary, Alice, and Victoria had been among the favourite names with bookmakers had the baby been a girl but with the baby being a boy, Albert, Arthur, and Fred, remain favourites. It was reported the couple had elected not find out the sex of the baby ahead of delivery.

The new baby arrives at a time when the Windsors have been in the limelight with Prince Harry’s looming wedding to US actress Meghan Markle on 19 May. Queen Elizabeth also celebrated her 92nd birthday attending a televised concert at the Royal Albert Hall, having played a prominent role at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London where it was announced Prince Charles would succeed her as head of the group of mainly former British colonies.

The new birth will also give Kate’s family, the Middletons another cause for celebration after it was reported her sister Pippa was pregnant with her first child.

ROYAL BABIES IN HISTORY

Royal historian Hugo Vickers told Reuters an interesting aspect of the latest royal baby was that if it was a boy, it would be the first male not to leapfrog his sister Princess Charlotte’s line of succession to the throne.

Vickers also said that this birth is not as important as Prince William and Kate’s first, Prince George, as they would not be directly in line to the throne, but added that the birth is receiving a lot of attention as people are very focused on the royal family due to Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding.

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