It’s a BOY! Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to healthy baby and future King weighing 8lb 6oz at 4.24pm with proud Prince William by her side.

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An overjoyed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the proud parents of a healthy baby boy, and the nation celebrates the birth of a future king.

The couple’s son weighed 8lb 6oz and was delivered at 4.24pm today at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington with his proud father, Prince William, looking on.

Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight, said a spokesman for the palace. Palace sources said the couple chose to delay the public announcement of the birth to allow them to spend ‘quality time’ together.
William’s father, Charles, the Prince of Wales said this evening: ‘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. 
‘Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.’
It had been planned that the birth would be announced on an easel placed outside the gates of Buckingham palace but, in the event, the press were informed by a statement from the Royal household sent out at 8.30pm GMT.

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

The long-awaited baby will be given the title His Royal Highness and be known as Prince of Cambridge, after the Queen moved earlier this year to change almost a century of royal tradition.

She issued a formal proclamation in January to end a convention brought in by George V which meant that a royal title was restricted to the children of the sovereign and the children of the sovereign’s sons.

The new baby is third in the line of succession, relegating his proud uncle, Prince Harry to fourth, and great-uncle, Prince Andrew, to sixth – although he may not become sovereign for half a century or more.

Recent legislation allowing female heirs to automatically accede to the throne if they are first born will clearly not affect the Cambridge’s son, but will have a bearing on any of his children.
Soon after the palace announcement was made, a notice giving details about the baby – the third-in-line to the throne – left St Mary’s Hospital in London by car for Buckingham Palace.

The announcement read: ‘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.’

It has been signed by the Queen’s former gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who led the medical team that delivered Kate’s baby.

The notice, written on a piece of A4 size foolscap paper, was brought out of the Lindo’s front entrance and rushed, with the help of a police escort, across Central London to Buckingham Palace.

There it was carefully placed on an easel, last used to display the proclamation announcing Prince William’s birth more than two decades ago, inside the palace gates and displayed to an ever-growing crowd.

The new royal baby will be the 43rd sovereign since William the Conqueror if, as expected, it follows reigns by the Prince of Wales then William.
The Prime Minister said the ‘whole country will celebrate’ the birth of the royal baby as news of the child’s arrival spread across the globe.

David Cameron offered his congratulations on Twitter where the worlds of showbiz, politics and sport appeared to share in the Duke and Duchess’s delight.

He wrote: ‘I’m delighted for the Duke and Duchess now their son has been born. The whole country will celebrate. They’ll make wonderful parents.’

Beaming, Mr Cameron subsequently appeared outside 10 Downing Street where he declared the birth ‘an important moment in the life of our nation’.

He said: ‘It is wonderful news from St Mary’s, Paddington and I am sure that right across the country, and indeed right across the Commonwealth, people will be celebrating and wishing the royal couple well.

‘It is an important moment in the life of our nation but, I suppose, above all it is a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who have got a brand new baby boy.

‘It has been a remarkable few years for our royal family – a royal wedding that captured people’s hearts, that extraordinary and magnificent jubilee and now this royal birth – all from a family that has given this nation so much incredible service.’

‘They can know that a proud nation is celebrating with a very proud and happy couple tonight.’

Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby was one of the first to speak of his joy on Twitter.

‘Delighted for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they welcome their baby boy. May God bless them all with love, health and happiness,’ he said.

Labour Leader Ed Miliband added: ‘Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I wish them and their son all happiness and good health.’

Although a cause for national celebration in Britain, the baby’s arrival is, more importantly, a time of overwhelming personal joy for William and Kate, who made no secret of their desire to start a family when they married two years ago.

The Queen was, according to protocol, the first to be informed of the newest addition to her family when William personally telephoned her from his wife’s delivery suite, followed by proud grandfather Prince Charles and Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, who are now linked by blood to the British throne.

With family – including the entire Middleton clan and new uncle Prince Harry  – set to arrive at the hospital within hours, it is understood that the couple do not intend to introduce the Queen to her new great grand-son until the Duchess returns home.

Final public appearance: The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Buckingham Palace during a horse drawn parade last month as she is seen for the last time before she was due to give birth

Despite having eight grand-children and two great grand-daughters already, it will be a momentous event for the 87-year-old sovereign.

The last time a still-serving monarch got to meet a great grandchild born in direct succession to the crown was nearly 120 years ago.

Queen Victoria, who reigned until 1901, was still sovereign when her great grandchild Edward VIII, who later abdicated, was born third in line in 1894.

William and Kate’s baby will be the great great great great great grandchild of Queen Victoria and the present Queen’s third great grandchild.

It is also likely to have huge resonance for her personally, marking the emergence of a reinvigorated British Royal Family after decades dominated by bitter marital strife.

William and Kate are personally determined that their son be allowed to enjoy as ‘normal’ an upbringing as possible while being taught to respect and accept his destiny as a future King, head of the armed forces, supreme governor of the Church of England and head of the Commonwealth, which covers 54 nations across the world.

The present Queen is still head of state of 16 countries across the globe but it is likely that by the time her great grand-son accedes to the throne, which could be more than fifty or more years from now, precious little of those will remain.

In an interview to mark their engagement in 2010, Kate stressed that her own family – parents Michael and Carole and siblings Pippa and James – were the lynchpin of her existence.

Asked about her family she said: ‘Yes. It’s very important to me. And I hope we will be able to have a happy family ourselves.’

When asked about his future plans in the military, William added in an interview last year : ‘More importantly, I’d rather like to have children. So that’s the key thing really.’

He also revealed that he would like two children – while his wife subsequently divulged that while she wanted a boy, William liked the idea of a girl.

The couple’s choice of the private Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital is unsurprising but, nevertheless, touching given the link with William’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

William became the first future monarch in history to be born in a hospital when she delivered him there on 21st June 1982, followed by his brother, Harry.

The prince has always, by and large, determinedly kept his feelings about his late mother close to his chest – aside from admitting he gave Kate her engagement ring as a way of keeping her ‘close to it all’.

But his joy at becoming a father is likely to be tinged with an element of regret: regret that his proud, adoring and fiercely possessive mother had not lived to see her first grand-child born.

Tragic Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997, famously adored children and had always secretly hoped to have another.

Although a cause for national celebration in Britain, the baby’s arrival is, more importantly, a time of overwhelming personal joy for William and Kate, who made no secret of their desire to start a family when they married two years ago.

The Queen was, according to protocol, the first to be informed of the newest addition to her family when William personally telephoned her from his wife’s delivery suite, followed by proud grandfather Prince Charles and Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, who are now linked by blood to the British throne.

With family – including the entire Middleton clan and new uncle Prince Harry  – set to arrive at the hospital within hours, it is understood that the couple do not intend to introduce the Queen to her new great grand-son until the Duchess returns home.

Final public appearance: The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Buckingham Palace during a horse drawn parade last month as she is seen for the last time before she was due to give birth

Despite having eight grand-children and two great grand-daughters already, it will be a momentous event for the 87-year-old sovereign.

The last time a still-serving monarch got to meet a great grandchild born in direct succession to the crown was nearly 120 years ago.

Queen Victoria, who reigned until 1901, was still sovereign when her great grandchild Edward VIII, who later abdicated, was born third in line in 1894.

William and Kate’s baby will be the great great great great great grandchild of Queen Victoria and the present Queen’s third great grandchild.

It is also likely to have huge resonance for her personally, marking the emergence of a reinvigorated British Royal Family after decades dominated by bitter marital strife.

William and Kate are personally determined that their son be allowed to enjoy as ‘normal’ an upbringing as possible while being taught to respect and accept his destiny as a future King, head of the armed forces, supreme governor of the Church of England and head of the Commonwealth, which covers 54 nations across the world.

The present Queen is still head of state of 16 countries across the globe but it is likely that by the time her great grand-son accedes to the throne, which could be more than fifty or more years from now, precious little of those will remain.

In an interview to mark their engagement in 2010, Kate stressed that her own family – parents Michael and Carole and siblings Pippa and James – were the lynchpin of her existence.

Asked about her family she said: ‘Yes. It’s very important to me. And I hope we will be able to have a happy family ourselves.’

When asked about his future plans in the military, William added in an interview last year : ‘More importantly, I’d rather like to have children. So that’s the key thing really.’

He also revealed that he would like two children – while his wife subsequently divulged that while she wanted a boy, William liked the idea of a girl.

The couple’s choice of the private Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital is unsurprising but, nevertheless, touching given the link with William’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

William became the first future monarch in history to be born in a hospital when she delivered him there on 21st June 1982, followed by his brother, Harry.

The prince has always, by and large, determinedly kept his feelings about his late mother close to his chest – aside from admitting he gave Kate her engagement ring as a way of keeping her ‘close to it all’.

But his joy at becoming a father is likely to be tinged with an element of regret: regret that his proud, adoring and fiercely possessive mother had not lived to see her first grand-child born.

Tragic Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997, famously adored children and had always secretly hoped to have another.

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Culled from Daily Mail Uk.

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One thought on “It’s a BOY! Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to healthy baby and future King weighing 8lb 6oz at 4.24pm with proud Prince William by her side.

  1. Please divert some of the proceeds for needy children in africa.even a slave can become a king if properly cultured.

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