With fanfare fit for a prince, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William welcomed their first child Monday. The baby boy was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. A name has not yet been announced for the child, who is third in line to the throne.
‘Could not be happier’
People from all over the world had gathered outside Buckingham Palace to await news of the birth. At least one group of well-wishers brought flowers, champagne and a card for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The fountains at Trafalgar Square were turned blue.
The new parents spent some time with their baby before calling family members — starting with Queen Elizabeth II — to announce the birth, a Kensington Palace source told CNN royal correspondent Max Foster. Prince William remained at Catherine’s side throughout the labor and the baby was born vaginally, not via a C-section, the source said.
“We could not be happier,” said Prince William, according to the Kensington Palace source.
‘Third in line’
Earlier Monday, the duchess and Prince William traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital. The hospital, next to Paddington Station in London, is where William and his brother Prince Harry were born. The baby’s name may be announced when the family leaves the hospital, CNN’s Foster reported.
The child’s title will be His Royal Highness Prince (the baby’s name) of Cambridge. The baby is third in line for the throne now occupied by the queen. Her son, Charles, will succeed her, followed by his son, William.
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Source: Dana Ford. Laura Smith-Spark and Richard Allen Greene | CNN
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