At 4.24 PM this week, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave delivery to a newborn boy weighing 8lbs 6oz. The birth was officially announced to the world at 8.30PM.
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, was there at the birth, which doctor’s described as “textbook”.
Record crowds gathered out of Buckingham Palace all day in anticipation of the good news. When the notice finally arrived that the newborn had been carefully delivered, the people cheered in approval.
There has also been a constant press presence beyond the palace and the hospital all day, covering the proceedings to the rest of the globe.
Queen Elizabeth II and her Husband Prince Phillip are said to be “delighted by the news” while Prince Charles has made a short announcement that he was “enormously proud and content to be a grandfather for the first time” he also said that he was looking forward to seeing the baby soon.
The Duchess will stay in hospital overnight, but is said to be doing well.
The new baby son is the 3rd in line for the throne, following his grandfather Prince Charles and his father Prince William. Should the line of succession continue as anticipated, the boy will become the forty third sovereign since William The Conqueror.
The pair have not yet announced a name for their new arrival. However, in accordance with tradition, they 1st will present a list of chosen names to The Queen ahead of formally announcing their decision. Historically, this will allow the reigning monarch to approve or disapprove of the elected name.
Censure has occurred rarely throughout the past, notably with the birth of Princess Margaret (who was initially to be named ‘Ann’) in 1930.
However, Royal specialists say that Queen Elizabeth is more “down to earth” than a number of of her predecessors have been and that she is not expected to interfere in the christening process. The protocol is being overseen mainly as a formality and gesture of respect on the part of the Royal duo.
There has been a lot of speculation as to what the child’s name will be, but William and Kate are expected to make a official statement soon.