At 4.24 PM on monday, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave delivery to a baby son weighing 8lbs 6oz. The birth was officially announced to the public at 8.30PM.
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, was there at the birth, which doctor’s described as “textbook”.
Huge crowds gathered out of Buckingham Palace all day in anticipation of the excellent news. When the statement finally arrived that the newborn had been safely delivered, the people cheered in approval.
There has also been a continuous media presence beyond the palace and the hospital all day, covering the events to the rest of the globe.
Queen Elizabeth II and her Partner Prince Phillip are believed to be “delighted by the news” while Prince Charles has made a brief announcement that he was “enormously proud and content to be a grandfather for the first time” he also said that he was looking ahead to seeing the baby soon.
The Duchess will remain 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 carry on as expected, the boy will turn out to be the forty third monarch since William The Conqueror.
The couple have not yet announced a name for their new arrival. Though, in accordance with tradition, they 1st will present a list of preferred names to The Queen ahead of officially announcing their decision. Traditionally, this would let the reigning monarch to approve or reject of the chosen name.
Censure has happened occasionally throughout history, notably with the birth of Princess Margaret (who was initially to be named ‘Ann’) in 1930.
Though, 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 naming process. The protocol is being overseen largely as a custom 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 formal statement soon.