It’s a prince!
There are scenes of jubilation today outside Buckingham Palace, hundreds of Britons and tourists broke into song and dance outside the palace gates as officials announced that the future king was born.
On Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and Prince William, both 31, welcomed a baby boy.
The child was born at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. The hospital is the same place where Princess Diana delivered Prince William in 1982, followed by Prince Harry in 1984.
“May he be long-lived, happy and glorious and one day reign over us. God save the queen!” said town crier Tony Appleton as he shouted the news on the steps of St. Mary’s Hospital in west London
The baby boy was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces. The infant’s formal title is His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge. As for his name, it will be revealed “in due course,” the family statement said.
“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24 p.m. [London time],“ royal officials said in a statement “The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.”
“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. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.”
“We could not be happier,” Prince William said in a brief statement Monday evening. And TV networks quoted a Buckingham Palace spokesman as saying: “The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip) are delighted at the news.”
Prince William personally called the Queen, his own family, and members of the Middleton family to announce the news this afternoon.
“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine, and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy,” Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, said in a statement.
“Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life.”
The palace had announced early Monday that Middleton had gone into the early stages of labor. She arrived at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, with Prince William around 6 a.m.
William spent hours at Kate’s bedside during the delivery. He will also take two weeks’ paternity leave, writes the NY Daily News.
The birth comes after an anxious waiting period. Beginning in early July, press and fans camped outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital waiting for the duchess to arrive on her speculative due date… only to be left waiting for days more.
The duchess’ pregnancy was announced in December 2012, following months of royal baby rumors perpetuated by the tabloids. The day of the announcement, Kate was admitted to the hospital for treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum.
The illness, an acute form of morning sickness, was thought to be serious enough to affect her entire pregnancy, preventing her from making many public appearances.
It is the first time since the latter days of Queen Victoria’s reign that there have been three heirs in the direct line of succession to the throne. They are Prince Charles, Prince William and now the new prince whose name, the palace said, would be delivered in the fullness of time.
Prince Henry of Wales, far better known as Prince Harry, had been third in the line of succession. He has now been knocked back a spot to 4th with Prince Andrew moving down from 4th place to 5th place, says National Post.