24 April 2018Hot off the Press
The birth of the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was announced on Monday. Kensington Palace announced in a tweet that the Duchess, Kate Middleton, gave birth to a boy at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington on Monday at 11:01 am local time, seven hours after going into labour.
Both the mother and child are said to be healthy and in good spirits. The tweet confirmed that the Duke, Prince William, was present, and that “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
A further tweet from Kensington Palace stated that both the royal family and the Duchess’ family are “delighted with the news”.
This marks the birth of the sixth great-grandchild for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and the boy is automatically fifth in line for the throne. It also marks the first time a male child has been born into the British royal family who will not displace his older sister in the order of succession; the succession was switched from male primogeniture to absolute primogeniture in accordance with the 2011 Perth Agreement.
It is still unknown what the boy will be named, but Arthur, Albert, James, Philip, Thomas and Edward have been speculated and are popular with bookies.
It is expected that the official announcement of the child’s name will take several days, as happened previously with the Duke and Duchess’ other children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Protocol dictates that the Queen is told the name before it is officially announced.