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Duke and Duchess show off new royal baby

BBC     24th April, 2018 12:16:44 printer

Duke and Duchess show off new royal baby

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have left hospital after the arrival of their third child, a boy.

 

The new prince, who was born at St Mary's Hospital, London, at 11:01 BST, weighing 8lb 7oz, is fifth in line to the throne.

 

Earlier, Prince George and Princess Charlotte visited their younger brother at the Lindo Wing.

 

Kensington Palace said the Duchess of Cambridge and her son, who is yet to be named, are "both doing well".

 

Just before 18:00 BST, Prince William and Catherine came out of the hospital briefly to greet the crowds with their new son.

 

They then returned inside to put their newborn son in his car seat before driving away towards Kensington Palace.

 

Members of both families have said they are "delighted with the news" of the birth.

 

Kensington Palace said the name of the baby would be announced in due course while a formal notice of the birth had been posted on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

 

Favourite names at the bookmakers include Arthur, Albert, Frederick, James and Philip.

 

Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted her "warmest congratulations" to William and Catherine.

 

She said: "I wish them great happiness for the future."

 

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn also sent his regards, tweeting: "Congratulations to Kate and William on the birth of their baby boy. I wish them all the very best."

The Archbishop of Canterbury added: "Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the safe delivery of their baby, a brother for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

 

"May God bless them and all of their children with love, happiness and health."

 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: "On behalf of Londoners, I want to send our warmest congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy."

 

Sir Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: "Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son.

 

"I'm sure his older brother will be delighted he has been born on St George's Day!"

A sense of renewal

After some quieter times, the Royal Family is back in the news - and there is a noticeable sense of renewal; new faces, with Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's fiance, making her first public appearances, and now another child, the as-yet unnamed third child of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

 

It's always gone like this - waves of interest followed by periods of relative quiet.

But there has been a sense of renewal in the past few months.

 

Of course there has been concern over the health of the Duke of Edinburgh; and interest in the Queen, with her decades of service, never falters.

 

But the attention of a new group, both in Britain and around the world, has been caught by this birth and then the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle next month.

 

From the darkest days of the World War Two to the Instagram generation, the Royal Family now connects them all.

 

Following a change in the law in 2013, Princess Charlotte keeps her place as fourth in line to the throne.

 

Previously, younger royal males would have taken precedence over older female siblings.

 

The duchess was admitted to hospital shortly before 06:00 on Monday with the announcement of the birth coming shortly after 13:00.

 

Senior royal doctors consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing oversaw the birth.

 

Both were also called in for the arrival of Prince George in 2013 and Princess Charlotte in 2015.

 

The new prince, born on St George's Day, shares a birthday with Lady Gabriella Windsor - the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, who was born at the Lindo Wing on 23 April 1981.

Will the new prince be king?

To become King or Queen as the third-born royal child is rare - and has yet to happen within the current House of Windsor.

 

But the third child of George III and Queen Charlotte, William IV, took on the task and ruled from 1830 to 1837.

 

The Hanoverian king acceded to the throne aged 64 when his older brother, George IV, died without an heir.

 

He became next in line when he was 62 and his other older brother, Frederick, Duke of York, died.


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