After going into labour yesterday morning, Duchess of Cambridge and wife to Prince William, Kate has given birth to a baby boy.
Yet unnamed, the newly born prince who is 3rd in line to the throne now occupied by the Queen, behind father Prince William and grandfather Prince Charles has the title “His Royal
Highness Prince (the baby’s name) of
The birth announcement, via a press release from Kensington Palace, said the boy was born at 4:24 p.m weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
William was present for the birth, the statement said. “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight,” it said. “Members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.”
No one can tell what political and personal changes the intervening years will bring, but the baby can be expected to become the head of
state of 16 countries, including Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Belize, Jamaica and Canada, and possibly the head of the Commonwealth, which covers 54 nations.
The child will also eventually become Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
The baby’s name may be announced
when the family leaves the hospital,
CNN’s Foster reported. Prince William’s
name was announced a few days after
birth, his brother Harry’s on departure
Some British parents have delayed
naming their newborns in recent days
in hopes of either copying or avoiding
the royal name, he said although British bookmakers favour the names James and George.
The queen returned to Buckingham
Palace yesterday from Windsor Castle,
another of her official residences.
Thanks to a change agreed by the
leaders of the Commonwealth
countries in 2011 and passed into law
this year, the baby’s place in the order
of succession would have been the
same regardless of sex.
Previously, boys automatically trumped female siblings. So a first-born daughter could be pushed out of line by a younger brother.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper offered his country’s
congratulations. “The arrival of the newest member of the Royal Family, a future Sovereign of Canada, is a highly anticipated moment for Canadians given the special and warm relationship that we share with our Royal Family,” he said in a
Barack and Michelle Obama also gave
their best wishes. “The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations,” the president and first lady said in a statement. “Given the special
relationship between us, the American
people are pleased to join with the
people of the United Kingdom as they
celebrate the birth of the young prince.” More info and pics coming soon *winks*