Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

IT'S A BOY! 8lb 7oz Brother for George and Charlotte - on St George's Day; Kate and Baby 'Doing Well', Says Palace; William Present at the Birth after Duchess Is Rushed to Hospital at 6am

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

IT'S A BOY! 8lb 7oz Brother for George and Charlotte - on St George's Day; Kate and Baby 'Doing Well', Says Palace; William Present at the Birth after Duchess Is Rushed to Hospital at 6am

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Byline: Robert Jobson Royal Editor

THE Duchess of Cambridge today gave birth to a son.

Kate safely delivered her third child just after 11am having been rushed to the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, earlier this morning.

The baby weighed 8lb 7oz and the Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. The announcement was greeted with cheers by a crowd of 300 outside the hospital, who shouted: "Hip-hip hooray!" Kensington Palace tweeted that the duchess and the baby "are both doing well", and the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry "and members of both families are delighted with the news". The boy is fifth in the line of succession Continued on Page 5 Continued from Page 1 after Charles, William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. A formal notice of the birth will be posted on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

The new baby is the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's sixth great-grandchild, and will be known as HRH Prince of Cambridge.

The duchess was admitted to hospital before 6am but the palace were not saying how long she was in labour. Today St George's Day was thought to have been her due date, although this had never been confirmed.

Kate, 36, suffered acute morning sickness through all three of her pregnancies. The couple had chosen not to know whether they were having a boy or a girl.

As a boy he cannot leapfrog Charlotte in the succession, as the rules have been changed to end the tradition of primogeniture placing male heirs ahead of sisters regardless of age. Prince Harry shifts to sixth in the line of succession.

The duke and duchess have chosen traditional names for their children in the past, making it likely they will reference previous monarchs or royal family members this time. Frederick, James, Arthur or Philip were thought to be good bets.

Barriers had been put in place and parking suspension signs were up outside the private maternity ward. A separate area for the world's media was created to accommodate scores of TV crews, journalists and photographers.

The announcement about the birth was made through a tweet posted on the Kensington Palace Twitter feed @KensingtonRoyal.

George was delivered 10 and a half hours after Kate was admitted to hospital in July 2013 but his sister Charlotte was born just two hours and 34 minutes after the duchess arrived at the Lindo Wing in May 2015. As with her first two children, Kate had been hoping for a natural birth. The private wing of the NHS hospital charges PS5,215 for the first 24 hours if a baby is born naturally, or PS6,745 for a Caesarean section, plus PS1,155 for the deluxe package for each additional night.

Although the duchess's third pregnancy was blighted by hyperemesis gravidarum extreme morning sickness it is not thought she suffered as badly as in her first two pregnancies. …

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