It’s A Boy! The Royal Baby Has Arrived
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! Today William and Kate welcomed their first child – a healthy baby boy! Kate went into labor earlier today and was taken to St. Mary’s hospital, the same hospital where William and his brother Prince Harry were born. The birth announcement stated the future monarch was born at 4:24pm local time and weighed 8 pounds and 6 ounces.
While his name has not yet been released, here are 5 things to know about the newest addition to the royal family:
1. Following tradition, the birth of the Royal baby was announced by letter and easel. Kate’s doctor signed an official bulletin announcing the birth, which was carried to Buckingham Palace via a police escort to be placed on an easel right inside the gates of the palace. The easel is the same one used to announce the birth of Prince William in 1982.
2. It’s been 120 years since the reigning monarch was alive to welcome the birth of their great-grandchild and heir to the throne. The last instance of this was when Queen Victoria‘s great-grandson Edward VIII was born. Edward VIII would abdicate the throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
3. The baby will be third in line to the throne. The baby will follow Prince Charles and Prince William in the line of succession. Although his name has yet to be announced, he will officially be known as the Prince of Cambridge.
4. Prince William was present in the delivery room. He will also be taking two-weeks of paternity leave.
5. The baby may be the the first monarch of the 22nd century. If Will and Kate’s son lives as long as Queen Elizabeth II, he will be the first monarch of the next century.
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