At 4.24 PM on monday, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth to a newborn son weighing 8lbs 6oz. The birth was formally announced to the public at 8.30PM.
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, was in attendance at the birth, which doctor’s described as “textbook”.
Large crowds gathered out of Buckingham Palace all day in anticipation of the excellent news. When the announcement finally arrived that the newborn had been carefully delivered, the people cheered in approval.
There has also been a constant press presence beyond the palace and the hospital all day, reporting the events to the rest of the world.
Queen Elizabeth II and her Husband Prince Phillip are thought to be “delighted by the news” while Prince Charles has made a brief declaration that he was “enormously proud and content to be a grandfather for the first time” he furthermore said that he was looking forward 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 go on as expected, the boy will turn out to be the forty third sovereign since William The Conqueror.
The couple have not yet announced a name for their new arrival. However, in accordance with tradition, they first will present a list of chosen names to The Queen before formally announcing their choice. Historically, this will let the reigning monarch to endorse or disapprove of the chosen name.
Disapproval has occurred rarely throughout the past, notably with the birth of Princess Margaret (who was initially to be named ‘Ann’) in 1930.
However, Royal experts say that Queen Elizabeth is more “down to earth” than a few of her predecessors have been and that she is not likely to interfere in the christening process. The protocol is being overseen mainly as a custom and gesture of respect on the part of the Royal couple.
There has been a lot of speculation as to what the child’s name will be, but William and Kate are likely to make a official statement soon.