LONDON, UK (AFP) – Kate, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a baby son yesterday, the couple’s third child who is fifth in line to the British throne.
The boy, weighing eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilograms), was born at 11:01am (1001 GMT), Kensington Palace announced.
Mother and baby are both doing well, the palace said, and William, the Duke of Cambridge, was present for the birth.
The 36-year-old gave birth at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in central London, where her two other children – George, four, and two-year-old Charlotte – were born.
The baby was born on St. George’s Day, England’s national day.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William’s father Prince Charles, and his brother Prince Harry were said to be delighted with the news.
Royal fanatics, who had been camped outside the hospital wing for several days in anticipation, jumped for joy and popped open champagne.
Maria Scott, 46, a housewife from Newcastle in northeast England, has been in place for 15 days.
“It’s really important to show support because they need to know how much they are loved by the people,” she told AFP. “We’re very proud of our monarchy.”
Dressed head to toe in a British flag suit and hat, Terry Hutt said: “All I want to see is a healthy baby.”
The 82-year-old royal event camp-out veteran said it wasn’t hard spending a fortnight sleeping on the pavement.
The new baby is the sixth great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth II, who turned 92 on Saturday, and her husband Prince Philip.
He will be holding the title of prince after Queen Elizabeth changed the rules in 2012 to ensure that all of Princess William’s children would be entitled to the style, not just his eldest son.
As with their two previous children, the royal couple did not know the gender of their third child until he was born.
Bookmakers have tagged Arthur, Albert, Frederick, James and Philip the most popular names the baby might use.
The newborn prince will not be overtaking Princess Charlotte in the line of succession due to new laws agreed across the 16 Commonwealth realms where Queen Elizabeth is the head of state, including Canada, Australia and Jamaica.
Under the law, designed to end male primogeniture for Prince William’s children, boys born after October 28, 2011 could not overtake their elder sisters.
A night at the Lindo Wing costs £7,500 ($10,500, 8,550 euros), including a delivery package and two-room suite, excluding consultants’ fees.
The duchess was being cared for by consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, who is the surgeon-gynaecologist to the royal household, and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing, the Queen’s surgeon-gynaecologist – part of the trusted team who delivered Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The duchess suffered severe morning sickness during all three pregnancies.
The birth of the royal baby was to be celebrated with a 41-gun salute in London’s Green Park Hyde Park – the standard 21 rounds with an extra 20 because they are royal parks.
The Tower of London was also to fire 62 rounds: 21, plus 20 because it is a royal palace, and a further 21 to show the City of London’s loyalty to the sovereign.