Duchess of Cambridge gives birth

Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have welcomed a baby boy.

Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a son.

Catherine and her husband Prince William’s first child was born at 4.24pm on Monday July 22, weighing a healthy 8lbs 6oz.

The new arrival is third in line to the throne and his title will be His Royal Highness the Prince or Princess of Cambridge.

An announcement about the royal birth was made public with a sign affixed to an easel placed outside Buckingham Palace, just as it was when William was born in June 1982.

The sign included the baby’s gender, weight and time of birth.

As previously reported, the new arrival’s name will be revealed at a later date.

Catherine gave birth in a plush private suite at St Mary’s Hospital in London. The 31-year-old is staying at the Lindo Wing, where she is being looked after by a top medical team led by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II’s former gynaecologist Marcus Setchell. William and his younger brother Prince Harry were also born at the hospital, along with their cousin Zara Phillips – who recently announced she is pregnant.

Early on Monday morning, Kensington Palace announced the duchess was in the initial stages of labour and had been taken to St. Mary’s Hospital. Shortly after she arrived with her husband, a royal spokesman revealed Catherine’s labour was “progressing as normal”.

William, 31, is believed to have remained by his wife’s side throughout the birth, which is thought to have been natural.

The pair confirmed they were expecting their first child in December last year, long before Catherine had reached the three-month mark. They were forced to make the announcement early as the duchess was hospitalised with a severe form of morning sickness known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

She spent three days at the King Edward VII Hospital in Central London, thought to be because she was suffering from dehydration.

Catherine continued royal duties after she had recovered, with her last solo appearance coming in June when she christened a cruise ship in Southampton, England.

Several days later she attended the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London, which celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday. Catherine then began her maternity leave.

William is expected to take two weeks of paternity leave from his role as a Royal Air Force pilot.

The couple met while they were studying at St. Andrews University in Scotland. They are thought to have started dating in 2002 and briefly split in 2007. The pair reunited after several months, with William popping the question during a trip to Kenya in 2010. He proposed with his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales’ engagement ring and the pair were married on April 29 2011 in Westminster Abbey.
Copyright: Cover Media 2013

Monday, 22. July 2013