The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her third child at Lindo Wing, St. Mary’s Hospital on St George’s Day. And just hours later, the royal couple posed on the steps outside the central London hospital where well-wishers gathered to celebrate the Royal family’s new arrival.
The couple’s Kensington Palace office says Kate gave birth at 11:01 am local time to a boy weighing eight pounds, seven ounces (3.8 kilograms). The baby is the couples third child and is fifth in line to the throne.
The Duchess of Cambridge was seen wearing a Hot Red attire by Jenny Packham to pay tribute to the Late Princess Diana, who wore a similar outfit when she gave birth to Prince Harry in 1984. When the crowd outside the hospital asked about a name for the boy, William said: “You’ll find out sooner or later.”
William said he was “delighted. Very happy. Thrice the worry now,” as he loaded the baby into a car seat ready for the short journey home to Kensington Palace at 6pm Monday, local time.
The words “it’s a boy” were flashed in lights around the top of London’s BT Tower, which can be seen for miles around.
A 2013 change to the law means that for the first time in British history, a new prince will not supplant his older sister in the order of succession. Previously younger males would take precedence over older female siblings. William’s younger brother Harry, who marries US actress Meghan Markle next month, falls to sixth.
The official announcement of the birth was made by placing a notice on an easel in the forecourt of the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace, a tradition that has been in place since it became the sovereign’s official residence in 1837.
Couple hours later, when the baby was born the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) left Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital to pick up his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.