Royal baby boy: Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to prince – latest news
The Duke of Cambridge has left the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital after his wife gave birth to their third child. On Monday afternoon, Prince William walked down the steps outside the central London hospital where the world’s media and well-wishers had gathered to celebrate the Royal family’s new arrival. It is understood he will head back to Kensington Palace to check on the new Prince’s older siblings – Prince George and Princess Charlotte – with the plan being to bring them back to the hospital to meet the newborn. Prince William, wearing a shirt and a jacket, smiled as he left the hospital and drove himself in a Land Rover Discovery. He was heard telling the gathered crowd he would be “back in a minute”. The new Prince was born at 11.01am with Prince William alongside the Duchess, who had been taken to hospital having gone into labour at at 6am. Kensington Palace announced the new prince weighed 8lb 7oz. The baby is fifth in line to the throne and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s sixth great-grandchild. Champagne corks popped and cheers rang out outside the Lindo Wing as the birth of a new Prince of Cambridge was announced at just after 1pm. The baby’s sex was a surprise to William and Kate, who chose not to find out in advance. Mother and baby are “doing well”, while the Queen, Prince Philip and other senior members of the Royal family are said to be “delighted” with the news. It is expected the prince’s first name will be announced in the coming days, with predictions including Arthur, Albert, Frederick, James and Philip. The Duchess will be expected to head home to the sanctuary of Kensington Palace in a few hours – but not before introducing the new royal baby to world on the steps of the Lindo Wing. George and Charlotte might even visit the hospital to see their mother and baby sibling, just as George did when his younger sister was born three years ago. The Duchess was taken to the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, in central London, before 6am on Monday in the early stages of labour, with the Duke of Cambridge at her side. Royal watchers had correctly predicted a swift delivery. With George, the Duchess gave birth 10-and-a-half hours after being admitted to hospital, but Charlotte was born just two hours and 34 minutes after Kate arrived at the Lindo Wing. In a statement shortly after 1pm, Kensington Palace said: “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lb 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. “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. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.” After the birth was announced on the official Kensington Palace Twitter and Instagram accounts, a bulletin notice declaring the birth will go on display on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. The Duchess is likely to take an extended period off to recover and nurse the latest addition to her family, but is expected to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19.