The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, are the proud parents of a healthy baby boy, the future king.
Kate and William’s son weighed a healthy 8lb 6oz and was delivered at 4:24pm at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
Both Kate and her newborn son are said to be doing well but will remain in the hospital overnight.
The baby will be given the title of His Royal Highness and be known as Prince of Cambridge, after the Queen moved earlier this year to change almost a century of royal tradition.
She issued a formal proclamation in January to end a convention brought in by George V which meant that a royal title was restricted to the children of the sovereign and the children of the sovereign’s sons.
William and Kate’s newborn son is third in the line of succession, relegating his proud uncle, Prince Harry to fourth, and great-uncle, Prince Andrew, to sixth.
The Queen was the first to be informed of the newest addition to her family when William personally called her from his wife’s delivery suite, followed by proud grandfather Prince Charles and Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, who are now linked by blood to the British throne.
The birth was announced to the world’s media by a press release from the Palace.
The last time a still-serving monarch got to meet a great grandchild born in direct succession to the crown was nearly 120 years ago.
Proud new father Prince William issued a short statement following his son’s birth, stating, “We could not be happier.”
Prince Charles, who is now a first-time grandfather, stated, “Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time.”
Royal doctor Marcus Setchell is also thrilled with the birth of the royal baby, telling members of the media the newborn is a “wonderful” and “beautiful” child.
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