Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth today to a new prince! Kate had a baby boy at St Mary’s Hospital in London at 4:24 pm British Standard Time. The new royal baby boy weighed eight pounds and six ounces.
As with all royal births, a royal aide announced the news with a written proclamation that had been signed by the doctors who delivered the new His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge. The announcement was made at Kensington Palace along with the news that Kate doing just fine after the delivery. “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.”
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are delighted at the news.”
Kate Middleton went to St Mary’s Hospital in London at six o’clock in the morning (BST) after going into labour. She was joined by husband Prince William, who’d been born in the same hospital 31 years ago. The young couple went into the hospital via a side entrance.
The palace have deviated slightly from the traditional form of birth announcement for royal offspring. The posting of the baby’s birth has always been posted just inside the gates of the royal palace on an easel. This has always been the way that royal births have been officially announced. The last time this occurred was when Prince William was born.
Today, however the birth was formally announced before being posted on the easel behind palace gates. The palace have said that the “traditional” announcement will still be posted, even though the news has already been made public. The notice will remain on the easel for 24 hours before being sent to the Privy Council, which consists of the Queen’s advisors and members of Parliament.
Prince Charles is said to be delighted at the news that his first grandchild will be a boy. Prince William and Kate’s new little prince will be the Queen and Prince Philip’s third great-grandchild. Kate Middleton giving birth to a new prince has pleased and delighted the entire royal family.
The new prince is now third in line for the throne. He will officially be a prince after his great-grandmother the queen initiated a change to an existing decree. The new decree states that, “All the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should enjoy the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names.”
A source close to the couple have said that the young mother and father of the new prince “may take some time in naming him.” But whatever name they finally choose, it will have the prefix of Prince added to it. Thanks to his great-grandmother changing the existing decree.
A decree that changed the rule first set into place by the queen’s own grandfather King George V which would have prevented a daughter, even a firstborn one, from being a princess.
Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to the new prince in a private suite in St. Mary’s Lindo Wing, the same place that Princess Diana had the baby boy’s father and uncle, Princes William and Harry.
The world’s press have designated area’s to wait in while the world and the country prepare for the young families exit from the hospital with the new prince. A royal aide has confirmed that the new family will pose for pictures when they leave the hospital.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he was “delighted” for the couple and said that “the whole country will celebrate.” Now that Kate Middleton has given birth to the new prince, both she and the baby will stay in the hospital overnight and depart sometime tomorrow.
By Michael Smith