It’s a boy for the royal family! Prince William’s wife, Kate gave birth to a prince on Monday who is now third in line to the British throne.
The Duchess of Cambridge went into labour early Monday morning in the same Central London hospital where her husband, the baby’s father, was born. But it was not until evening that the news broke to thousands of Britons camped outside Buckingham palace, awaiting the announcement.
The birth announcement, via a press release from Kensington Palace, said the boy was born at 4:24 p.m. weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. William was present for the birth, the statement added.
The release also confirmed that mother and child were fine and both families had been informed about the birth.
“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight,” it stated. “Members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.”
Speaking on the birth of their grandson, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla expressed their joy on the receiving news.
“It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy,” Prince Charles wrote in a statement.
“Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kinds people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”
The announcement did not include a name for the future monarch, though one is expected to be announced in the next few days.