That’s my boy! Kate gazes adoringly at her newborn little prince as she takes him home to Kensington Palace while his proud father William jokes it’s ‘thrice worry now!’
Duchess of Cambridge has emerged outside the Lindo Wing with her third child the Prince of Cambridge
She gave birth to the healthy baby boy at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London earlier today
Kate, 36, gave birth after being taken by car before 6am this morning to hospital’s private Lindo Wing
Supporters have decked out their tents in Union Jacks and put up flags and posters around the site
Kate gave birth to George in 10-and-a-half hours after admission, and Charlotte in two-and-a-half
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, today stared lovingly into her newborn son’s eyes as she carried the little prince out of hospital just before 6pm and home to Kensington Palace.
Delighted father Prince William today revealed how Princess Charlotte and Prince George are ‘delighted’ at the arrival of their little brother who was born at 11.01am as he gave his first royal wave to an adoring public.
William joked that he didn’t keep world waiting for too long after she went into labour at around 6am before giving birth five hours later.
He said of the name of the new baby, who is now fifth in line to the throne: ‘You’ll find out soon!’ He also joked that he and Kate would have ‘Thrice worry now!’
The beaming parents looked delighted as they showed off their third son to the world who was born weighing 8lbs 7oz on St George’s Day.
Towards the end of the Royal baby’s first outing, the Duchess of Cambridge murmured to Prince William that she was worried about the baby getting cold before they headed back inside.
His older siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were taken to meet him in their school uniform nearly six hours after Kate gave birth, but were not present as their parents emerged from the Lindo Wing.
Kensington Palace said the baby was born at 11am, after Kate was taken by car to the Lindo Wing just before 6am.
The Duchess of Cambridge will be leaving St Mary’s Hospital this evening, the palace said, adding that George and Charlotte have returned to Kensington Palace after meeting their new brother.
Prince William unbuckled George from his car outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, before he got out in his school uniform, then took Charlotte out of the car and she shyly waved to the cameras.
He then led them to meet their new brother, who is the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s sixth great-grandchild. Bookmakers have reported a surge in bets on the name Arthur for the royal baby, who is fifth in line to the throne.
Earlier, Prince William appeared outside the hospital this afternoon, telling reporters: ‘I’ll be back in a minute.’
William was present for the birth this morning, and both Kate and the child were ‘doing well’, according to a palace spokesman. Senior members of the royal family were all said to be ‘delighted with the news’.
Kensington Palace said: ‘Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will be leaving St. Mary’s Hospital this evening. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son will travel home to Kensington Palace.’
A statement added: ‘Prince George and Princess Charlotte have now returned to Kensington Palace. Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have received.
Royal watchers had been expecting a swift delivery at the Lindo Wing, with the child sharing a birthday with William Shakespeare and Lady Gabriella Windsor, the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
Sources told the Mail that George was at his school, Thomas’s Battersea, today and was not taken out early. His sister Charlotte attends Willcocks Nursery in Kensington.
No other royal visitors are expected at the Lindo Wing today. It is anticipated that the rest of the family, including the proud grandparents, will meet their grandson at Kensington Palace tomorrow.
The self-proclaimed Royalist Town Crier announced the birth on the steps of the Lindo Wing, marking the moment by saying ‘God save the Queen’. He drew cheers from the crowd of royal watchers outside the hospital.
An easel with a bulletin announcing the royal birth was put on display outside Buckingham Palace in London by footman Heather McDonald and and senior footman Olivia Smith.
The notice reads: ‘Hey Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11.01am today. Hey Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.’
It will remain in place for around 24 hours. The practice of posting a bulletin announcing a royal birth has gone on for at least as long as Buckingham Palace has been the Sovereign’s official residence – since 1837.
After it comes down, the notice will be sent to the Privy Council Office so it can be kept in their records.
A palace spokesman said: ‘Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11.01am. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.
‘Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well. 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 baby’s sex was a surprise to William and Kate, who chose not to find out what they were having. The baby’s title is His Royal Highness and he is a Prince of Cambridge.
Kensington Palace said the name of the baby would be announced in due course, and a formal notice of the birth would be posted on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
Celebrities and politicians have been sending their best wishes to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on social media.
Prime Minister Theresa May sent her ‘warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy.’
‘I wish them great happiness for the future,’ she added.
Princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer joined well-wishers by tweeting ‘Very sweet!’ alongside the photos of Prince George and Princess Charlotte going into the Lindo Wing to visit their new baby brother.
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.’
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott also sent their congratulations as politicians from across the political spectrum reacted with joy to the news of a new royal baby.
Mr Johnson offered his ‘huge congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the safe delivery of their baby boy!’
Former world heavyweight champion boxer, Frank Bruno MBE, and actress Mia Farrow were among the celebrity well wishers on social media, while comedian David Walliams quipped: ‘Prince Harry just got demoted again.’
The Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Liberal Democrats have also congratulated the royal family on social media.
Archbishop Justin Welby wrote: ‘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.’
Sir Vince Cable, leader of the Lib Dems, tweeted: ‘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! Best wishes to them all and Princess Charlotte.’
Speaker John Bercow told the Commons: ‘I am sure the whole House would want to join me in sending Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, our warmest congratulations on the birth of their son.’
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson added: ‘I’d very much like to associate the Government with your comments and warm wishes.’
Both Tower Bridge and the Golden Jubilee Bridge over the River Thames have been lit up blue in support of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the birth of their baby boy this morning.
The BT Tower also joined in with festivities, and was lit up with a sign announcing ‘it’s a boy!’
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