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Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a boy; third in the line of succession

Monday, July 22nd 2013 - 20:23 UTC
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The news has been displayed on an ornate easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in line with tradition. The news has been displayed on an ornate easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in line with tradition.

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, Kensington Palace has announced. The baby was delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, weighing 8lb 6oz.

The palace said in a statement that the duchess and the baby were “doing well” and would stay in hospital overnight. The news has been displayed on an ornate easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in line with tradition.

A bulletin - signed by the Queen's gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who led the medical team that delivered the baby - was taken by a royal aide from St Mary's to the palace under police escort.

The document said: “Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

The Kensington Palace press release said 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,” it said.

And the Prince of Wales, in a separate statement, said he “was enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time“, adding that it was ”an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine“.

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.“

And Labour leader Ed Miliband, also writing on Twitter, said: ”Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I wish them and their son all happiness and good health.”
 

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  • Pirate Love

    Excellent news, a future king, my guess is “George”

    Jul 22nd, 2013 - 08:56 pm 0
  • Baxter

    1 . You best me to it ! I was going to say that before the “ funnies ” start to say that the monarchy is an anachronism in this century , too expensive etc,etc I am delighted with the news . Really good news . A charming young couple now have a healthy baby . Great . You may be right on George !

    Jul 22nd, 2013 - 09:46 pm 0
  • LEPRecon

    Congratulations your Royal Highnesses.

    George is a good bet, since he'll have about 4 names I reckon George will be one of them. Also James, Charles, Arthur and Albert have a good chance.

    Of course they could break with that tradition and go for a little used but traditional name like Louis, Francis, maybe David, Stephen, or what about Alfred?

    Jul 22nd, 2013 - 09:48 pm 0
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