press trust of india
London, 22 July
It’s a boy! Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton today gave birth to a baby boy at a hospital here, as Britain raised a toast to the much-awaited arrival of its future King.
The 31-year-old Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy this evening at 4:24 p.m. (local time), Kensington Palace said in a
statement.
“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son,” said the statement. “The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz. (3.8 kilos).”
Prince Cambridge, as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is to be known until being officially named, was born at the private Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, central London.
The royal couple&’s first child, who under new laws to succession will remain third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William, was born with the Duke of Cambridge present beside Kate as she delivered the baby.
The palace statement said that the Duchess and the baby were “doing well” and would stay in hospital overnight.
“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news,” the statement said.
Kensington Palace issued the information to the press, deciding to break with the original decision to make the formal announcement only as a typed medical bulletin signed by doctors to be displayed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
The royal couple’s Press secretary then stepped out of the hospital to hand over the official bulletin to be transported to Buckingham Palace by car for a liveried footman to post the official announcement on the traditional easel.
“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” read the simple message informing the world about the newest royal baby boy.
The delivery followed hours of labour since the Duchess was admitted to the hospital at 6 a.m. (local time) this morning.
It is believed the baby boy was born through a normal delivery but further details are awaited.
Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter: “I’m delighted for the Duke and Duchess now their son has been born. The whole country will celebrate. They’ll make wonderful parents.”
Prince William has been with his wife on annual leave and will have two weeks’ paternity leave from his job as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.