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Kate Middleton baby: Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a 8lbs 7oz boy

  • Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London
  • Kate, 36, gave birth after being taken by car before 6am this morning to hospital's private Lindo Wing
  • Supporters have decked out their tents in Union Jacks and put up flags and posters around the site
  • Kate gave birth to George in 10-and-a-half hours after admission, and Charlotte in two-and-a-half

By Mark Duell for MailOnline and Rebecca English for the Daily Mail

Published: 08:04 EDT, 23 April 2018 | Updated: 12:19 EDT, 23 April 2018

The Duke of Cambridge today brought his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte to meet their new baby brother nearly six hours after Kate gave birth to a boy weighing 8lbs 7oz on St George's Day.

Prince William unbuckled George from his car outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, before he got out in his school uniform, then took Charlotte out of the car and she shyly waved to the cameras.

He then led them to meet their new brother, who is the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's sixth great-grandchild. Bookmakers have reported a surge in bets on the name Arthur for the royal baby, who is fifth in line to the throne.

Earlier, Prince William appeared outside the hospital this afternoon, telling reporters: 'I'll be back in a minute.' 

Kensington Palace announced that the baby was born at 11am, after Kate was taken by car before 6am to the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. 

William was present for the birth, and both Kate and the child were 'doing well', according to a palace spokesman. Senior members of the royal family were said to be 'delighted with the news'.

Royal watchers had been expecting a swift delivery at the Lindo Wing, with the child sharing a birthday with William Shakespeare and Lady Gabriella Windsor, the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.  

Prince William returns to the Lindo Wing with Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they go to meet their brother today
Prince William returns to the Lindo Wing with Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they go to meet their brother today

Prince William returns to the Lindo Wing with Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they go to meet their brother today

Prince William  took George and Charlotte out of his car today
Prince William  took George and Charlotte out of his car today
The Princess shyly waved to the cameras
The Princess shyly waved to the cameras

Prince William took George and Charlotte out of his car today before the Princess shyly waved to the cameras (right)

William arrives at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital this afternoon with his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte
William arrives at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital this afternoon with his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte

William arrives at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital this afternoon with his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The youngsters were taken to the Lindo Wing to meet the newborn Prince of Cambridge by their father Prince William
The youngsters were taken to the Lindo Wing to meet the newborn Prince of Cambridge by their father Prince William
Charlotte waves to the cameras
Charlotte waves to the cameras

The youngsters were taken to the Lindo Wing to meet the newborn Prince of Cambridge by their father Prince William

 Prince George and Princess Charlotte were led into the building in Paddington hand-in-hand with the Duke of Cambridge
 Prince George and Princess Charlotte were led into the building in Paddington hand-in-hand with the Duke of Cambridge

 Prince George and Princess Charlotte were led into the building in Paddington hand-in-hand with the Duke of Cambridge

Charlotte appeared to enjoy the moment, waving to the photographers and cameraman outside the maternity unit
Charlotte appeared to enjoy the moment, waving to the photographers and cameraman outside the maternity unit

Charlotte appeared to enjoy the moment, waving to the photographers and cameraman outside the maternity unit

Sources told the Mail that Prince George was at school today and would not be taken out early despite the arrival of his new brother.

It is likely that if he and Charlotte are brought to the hospital to see their new sibling, it will be later this afternoon. No other royal visitors are expected at the Lindo Wing today.

It is anticipated that the rest of the family, including the proud grandparents, will meet their grandson at Kensington Palace tomorrow.

The self-proclaimed Royalist Town Crier announced the birth on the steps of the Lindo Wing, marking the moment by saying 'God save the Queen'. He drew cheers from the crowd of royal watchers outside the hospital. 

An easel with a bulletin announcing the royal birth was put on display outside Buckingham Palace in London by footman Heather McDonald and and senior footman Olivia Smith.

The notice reads: 'Hey Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11.01am today. Hey Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.'  

The Duke of Cambridge appears this afternoon outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London
The Duke of Cambridge appears this afternoon outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London

The Duke of Cambridge appears this afternoon outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London

William is expected to return to the hospital with his other children
William is expected to return to the hospital with his other children
William leaves the hospital today
William leaves the hospital today

William is expected to return to the hospital with his other children. He did the same when Charlotte was born, bringing Prince George to see his new sister before leaving with wife and baby shortly afterwards

Royal fans celebrate this afternoon outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London
Royal fans celebrate this afternoon outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London

Royal fans celebrate this afternoon outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London

Royal fans toast the news that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, weighing 8lbs 7oz
Royal fans toast the news that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, weighing 8lbs 7oz

Royal fans toast the news that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, weighing 8lbs 7oz

A notice is placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace today to formally announce the birth of the baby boy
A notice is placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace today to formally announce the birth of the baby boy

A notice is placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace today to formally announce the birth of the baby boy

It will remain in place for around 24 hours. The practice of posting a bulletin announcing a royal birth has gone on for at least as long as Buckingham Palace has been the Sovereign's official residence - since 1837.

After it comes down, the notice will be sent to the Privy Council Office so it can be kept in their records.   

New prince weighs in as Kate's heaviest baby

The new baby Prince of Cambridge weighed 8lb 7oz - heavier than both Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Charlotte, at 8lb 3oz, weighed slightly less than George's 8lb 6oz - but was still above average. The average weight of a baby in the UK is around 7lb 7oz (3.5 kg).

All of three of the Duchess of Cambridge's children have weighed more than 8lbs. But the new prince is not the heaviest royal baby in recent years.

That title falls to Savannah Phillips - the daughter of the Queen's grandson Peter Phillips - who weighed 8lb 8oz in 2010.

George was the heaviest future king to be born in recent history. Prince William weighed 7lb 1.5oz in 1982, while Prince Charles weighed 7lb 6oz in 1948. Prince Harry weighed 6lb 14oz in 1984. 

A palace spokesman said: 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11.01am. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. 

'Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well. 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.' 

The baby's sex was a surprise to William and Kate, who chose not to find out what they were having. The baby's title is His Royal Highness and he is a Prince of Cambridge. 

Kensington Palace said the name of the baby would be announced in due course, and a formal notice of the birth would be posted on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. 

Celebrities and politicians have been sending their best wishes to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on social media.

Prime Minister Theresa May sent her 'warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy.' 'I wish them great happiness for the future,' she added.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: 'On behalf of Londoners, I want to send our warmest congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy.' 

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott also sent their congratulations as politicians from across the political spectrum reacted with joy to the news of a new royal baby.

Mr Johnson offered his 'huge congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the safe delivery of their baby boy!'

Former world heavyweight champion boxer, Frank Bruno MBE, and actress Mia Farrow were among the celebrity well wishers on social media, while comedian David Walliams quipped: 'Prince Harry just got demoted again.'  

Supporters of the royal family celebrate outside the Lindo Wing following the news of the royal birth
Supporters of the royal family celebrate outside the Lindo Wing following the news of the royal birth

Supporters of the royal family celebrate outside the Lindo Wing following the news of the royal birth

One man drinks from a bottle as royal fans celebrate outside the Lindo Wing after the news from Kensington Palace
One man drinks from a bottle as royal fans celebrate outside the Lindo Wing after the news from Kensington Palace

One man drinks from a bottle as royal fans celebrate outside the Lindo Wing after the news from Kensington Palace

A town crier stands outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington after the birth was announced today
A town crier stands outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington after the birth was announced today

A town crier stands outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington after the birth was announced today

Royal fans at Buckingham Palace gather for a glimpse of the easel announcing the birth of the royal baby today
Royal fans at Buckingham Palace gather for a glimpse of the easel announcing the birth of the royal baby today

Royal fans at Buckingham Palace gather for a glimpse of the easel announcing the birth of the royal baby today

Royal fans John Loughrey (left) and Terry Hutt (right) hold dolls outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital this morning
Royal fans John Loughrey (left) and Terry Hutt (right) hold dolls outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital this morning

Royal fans John Loughrey (left) and Terry Hutt (right) hold dolls outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital this morning

The Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Liberal Democrats have also congratulated the royal family on social media.

Archbishop Justin Welby wrote: 'Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the safe delivery of their baby, a brother for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. May God bless them and all of their children with love, happiness and health.'

Easel at Buckingham Palace announces birth of Kate's third baby

An easel was put on display outside Buckingham Palace this afternoon by footman Heather McDonald and senior footman Olivia Smith.

The notice announcing the royal birth reads: 'Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11.01am today. 

'Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.'

The easel was put on display at 2.30pm.

The practice of posting a bulletin announcing a royal birth has gone on for at least as long as Buckingham Palace has been the Sovereign's official residence - since 1837. 

Sir Vince Cable, leader of the Lib Dems, tweeted: 'Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son. I'm sure his older brother will be delighted he has been born on St George's Day! Best wishes to them all and Princess Charlotte.'

Speaker John Bercow told the Commons: 'I am sure the whole House would want to join me in sending Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, our warmest congratulations on the birth of their son.'

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson added: 'I'd very much like to associate the Government with your comments and warm wishes.'

David Janzen, visiting the UK from Edmonton, Canada, was among those who gathered outside Buckingham Palace this afternoon.

'I was watching the news earlier and saw the announcement, so my wife and I decided to come down to Buckingham Palace and see it all happen,' said the 62-year-old.

Alain Ritzenthaler, from France, said the announcement was very different to his home country. 'We don't have a royal family like this, so it's exciting to see,' he said.

Natasha Wilburn did not know about the royal birth until she was stood outside the palace. 'I had no idea it was happening today,' said the 30-year-old from the US.

The senior medical team that looked after Kate during her labour were named by Kensington Palace, with Guy Thorpe-Beeston, surgeon gynaecologist to the royal household, and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing, surgeon gynaecologist to the Queen, joined by two familiar colleagues.

Dr Sunit Godambe, a consultant neonatologist at Imperial College NHS Trust, which runs St Mary's hospital, was part of the group that cared for the duchess during her previous two births alongside Mr Farthing and Mr Thorpe-Beeston.

Professor Huw Thomas, physician to the Queen and head of the medical household, completed the team. He was also involved with the birth of Princess Charlotte.

Earlier, excitement was building outside St Mary's Hospital, where some fans had been camped out for 15 days hoping for a glimpse of the royal baby.

The timing of today's announcement that Kate had gone into labour, falling on St George's Day, added to the occasion for waiting royalists outside. 

An unsuspecting couple emerged from the Lindo Wing with their newborn baby to be greeted by the world's media. They posed for photographs outside the famous door in front of dozens of journalists and photographers before leaving in a taxi
An unsuspecting couple emerged from the Lindo Wing with their newborn baby to be greeted by the world's media. They posed for photographs outside the famous door in front of dozens of journalists and photographers before leaving in a taxi

An unsuspecting couple emerged from the Lindo Wing with their newborn baby to be greeted by the world's media. They posed for photographs outside the famous door in front of dozens of journalists and photographers before leaving in a taxi

Members of the media gather outside the Lindo Wing today after Kensington Palace announced Kate had gone into labour
Members of the media gather outside the Lindo Wing today after Kensington Palace announced Kate had gone into labour

Members of the media gather outside the Lindo Wing today after Kensington Palace announced Kate had gone into labour

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive at a service at St Martin-in-The Fields church in London this afternoon
Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive at a service at St Martin-in-The Fields church in London this afternoon

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive at a service at St Martin-in-The Fields church in London this afternoon

Royal fans are interviewed by journalists outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington this morning
Royal fans are interviewed by journalists outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington this morning

Royal fans are interviewed by journalists outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington this morning

Royal fans stand this morning outside the Lindo Wing, where the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted after going into labour
Royal fans stand this morning outside the Lindo Wing, where the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted after going into labour

Royal fans stand this morning outside the Lindo Wing, where the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted after going into labour

Well wishes hold flags outside the Lindo Wing this morning as they await news of the new royal baby
Well wishes hold flags outside the Lindo Wing this morning as they await news of the new royal baby

Well wishes hold flags outside the Lindo Wing this morning as they await news of the new royal baby

John Loughrey, 63, who is part of a group who have been camped outside the hospital, said: 'We are so pleased. We have been here for 15 days. 

Fast labour for Duchess of Cambridge's third baby

The Duchess of Cambridge's third labour had been expected to be fast - if not faster - than before.

Although it varies from woman to woman, some mothers report a speedier delivery third time around.

For first-time mothers, active labour may take around eight hours and in a second labour around five hours, according to Babycentre.co.uk.

When Kate gave birth for a second time, she delivered Princess Charlotte just two hours and 34 minutes after being admitted to hospital.

With Prince George in 2013, the duchess went into hospital at around 6am and her son arrived 10-and-a-half hours later at 4.24pm.

Clare Livingstone, professional policy adviser at the Royal College of Midwives, said: 'It will vary from one woman to another. Some women report a quicker labour with their third baby but not everyone. It seems to be though that they do go more quickly. It's a very individual thing.' 

'I'm so pleased it's St George's Day. St George himself would be very pleased if the baby's born today.'

Mr Loughrey, from Streatham, South London, said he plans to celebrate the birth with English flags and a portion of fish and chips. 

'It doesn't matter if it's a boy or a girl as long as it's a healthy baby and a healthy mother,' he said. 'It's very good for our country and of course Her Majesty the Queen.'

Another member of his group, 82-year-old Terry Hutt, also welcomed the news.

'It's fantastic to have another newborn baby,' said Mr Hutt, who turns 83 at the end of the month and was hoping to share his birthday with the new royal. 

'If they were born on my birthday, I would have got a birthday cake.'

Maria Scott, 46, from Newcastle, added: 'I think it's going to be a boy and I think it's going to be quick.'

The group were talking in front of their make-shift camp, including royal memorabilia and a Union Flag tent.

The Duchess is being cared for by consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, who is the surgeon-gynaecologist to the household, and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing, the Queen's surgeon-gynaecologist - part of the trusted team who delivered George and Charlotte.

Highly-trained midwives were also on hand, while experts were waiting in the wings in case of an emergency.

For her previous births, Kate had a 23-strong team of top medics working or on stand-by from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust - which runs St Mary's Hospital.

Theatre staff were ready, along with a lab technician, replacement anaesthetists and paediatricians, a back-up for the consultant, and workers from a special baby care unit.

The official announcements that Kate had gone into labour - and given birth - were released by Kensington Palace today
The official announcements that Kate had gone into labour - and given birth - were released by Kensington Palace today

The official announcements that Kate had gone into labour - and given birth - were released by Kensington Palace today

The Duke of Duchess of Cambridge pose with Princess Charlotte outside the Lindo Wing following her birth in May 2015
The Duke of Duchess of Cambridge pose with Princess Charlotte outside the Lindo Wing following her birth in May 2015

The Duke of Duchess of Cambridge pose with Princess Charlotte outside the Lindo Wing following her birth in May 2015

Prince William and Kate leave the Lindo Wing with their first child, Prince George, in July 2013
Prince William and Kate leave the Lindo Wing with their first child, Prince George, in July 2013

Prince William and Kate leave the Lindo Wing with their first child, Prince George, in July 2013

Today, press pens opened outside the hospital as journalists, photographers and camera crews waited for confirmation of the baby's arrival. Royal watchers were expecting a swift delivery.

How St George's Day and YouTube's birth are marked on April 23

The royal baby has been born on patriotic St George's Day, which celebrates the patron saint of England. 

April 23 is also the day Edward III founded the Order of the Garter, the senior order of chivalry in England, in 1348.

The royal baby also shares his birthday with Lady Gabriella Windsor - the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, who was also born at the Lindo Wing on April 23 in 1981.

Famous names celebrating their birthdays on Monday include actors Lee Majors, James Russo, John Hannah and Dev Patel; actress Judy Davis, singer Taio Cruz, and Gigi Hadid. 

Here are some other historic events which took place on April 23:

  • 1564: William Shakespeare, English playwright, poet and actor, was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. He died on the same date in 1616.
  • 1661: Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland was crowned king at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1775: Joseph Mallord William Turner, English landscape painter, was born in London.  
  • 1968: The first decimal coins appeared in Britain. They were the 5p and 10p pieces which replaced the old one shilling and two shilling coins.
  • 1983: Cliff Thorburn scored the first televised maximum break of 147 in the World Snooker championships, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. 
  • 2005: The first video was uploaded to YouTube.com.

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.

The birth was declared in both conventional and contemporary ways.

An announcement was emailed to the press and a celebratory tweet posted on the Kensington Palace Twitter feed - @KensingtonRoyal.

There is also the traditional custom of placing a framed paper proclamation on an ornate gold stand behind the iron railings of Buckingham Palace.

Just like with her first and second children, Kate had been hoping for a natural birth and did not know whether she was having a boy or a girl.

Bookmakers were also waiting to see whether they have to pay out on the name, delivery date, hair colour and weight of the baby.

Predicted names include Alice, Alexandra, Elizabeth, Mary and Victoria for a girl and Arthur, Albert, Frederick, James and Philip for a boy.

George and Charlotte may visit the hospital to see their mother and baby sibling, just as George did when his younger sister was born three years ago.

But it depends how quickly Kate wants to head home.

While Kate was in labour, George and Charlotte were likely to be cared for by their full-time, live-in nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.

The duchess's pregnancy was announced by Kensington Palace on September 4 last year.

Kate again suffered from extreme pregnancy sickness hyperemesis gravidarum.

She went on maternity leave on March 22, but the duchess - and her large bump - attended an Easter Sunday church service in Windsor with the royals on April 1.

She has joked that William is 'in denial' about having a third child.

Although the Queen has four children, the duke is the first future king to have a third for more than 120 years.

In 1897, George V, then the Duke of York, welcomed a daughter - Princess Mary - the younger sister of Edward VIII and George VI.

Unlike William, George V never expected to be king and only became heir to throne when his older brother, the Duke of Clarence and Avondale, died from flu in 1892. 

So who's the town crier? Care home owner, 81, from Essex says he has been on 'red alert' all MONTH waiting to announce royal birth

The royal birth of a new baby boy was announced to the world outside the Lindo Wing by an 'independent' town crier who'd waited all month for his big moment.

Royal enthusiast Tony Appleton, 81, got the train to London from Essex this morning when he heard that Kate Middleton had gone into labour.

Standing outside the Lindo Wing, the care worker rang his bell and shouted: 'Buckingham Palace proudly announces the birth of a newly born prince on this St George's day AD 2018. God save the Queen.'

Although Mr Appleton has no official relationship with the royal family he did announce the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The town crier used to be the source of all news on behalf of everyone in the community.

Mr Appleton fills the traditional role in Bury St Edmunds, a town in Suffolk, and in Romford.

Royal enthusiast Tony Appleton, 81, announced the birth of a baby boy outside the Lindo Wing
Royal enthusiast Tony Appleton, 81, announced the birth of a baby boy outside the Lindo Wing

Royal enthusiast Tony Appleton, 81, announced the birth of a baby boy outside the Lindo Wing

Although Mr Appleton has no official relationship with the royal family he did announce the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Although Mr Appleton has no official relationship with the royal family he did announce the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte
He said he'd been on red alert all month waiting for his big moment
He said he'd been on red alert all month waiting for his big moment

Although Mr Appleton has no official relationship with the royal family he did announce the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte

Standing outside the Lindo Wing following his proclamation, he told Sky News: 'I got the train up this morning found out she was going into labour, booked into a little motel round the corner. 

'Then all of a sudden it was 'go' and i was here in five minutes from the hotel to get here to do the announcement.

'I do rehearsals in the [hotel] room and at home as well because I've got to get my words right.' 

Meet the team who helped Kate give birth: 20 medical experts led by Royal Household's surgeon-gynaecologist and Jill Dando's former fiance

The Duchess of Cambridge is in familiar hands as she delivers her third child.

Consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing are the two senior royal doctors overseeing the birth.

Both were called in for the arrival of Prince George in 2013 and Princess Charlotte in 2015.

Consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston
Consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston
Consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing
Consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing

Consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston (left) and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing (right) are the two senior royal doctors overseeing the birth

Mr Farthing, the Queen's surgeon-gynaecologist, was engaged to BBC presenter Jill Dando when she was shot dead in April 1999.

He was a pioneer in keyhole surgery and today specialises in using the technique to treat gynaecological cancer patients.

Mr Thorpe-Beeston, surgeon-gynaecologist to the Royal Household, delivered Charlotte in 2015.

He has a Harley Street practice, and is a consultant at the Portland private hospital and at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for the NHS.

Mr Farthing was engaged to BBC presenter Jill Dando when she was shot dead in April 1999
Mr Farthing was engaged to BBC presenter Jill Dando when she was shot dead in April 1999

Mr Farthing was engaged to BBC presenter Jill Dando when she was shot dead in April 1999

A Cambridge graduate, he specialised in foetal medicine at King's College Hospital, and is an expert in high-risk pregnancies and recurrent miscarriage.

Sir Marcus Setchell, who was the Queen's surgeon-gynaecologist and who delivered Prince George, has since retired.

Midwives will also be attending to Kate at the exclusive Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, central London.

But a team of more than 20 top medical experts will also be on standby in case of an emergency.

Theatre staff will be waiting in the wings, along with a lab technician, replacement anaesthetists and paediatricians, a back-up for the consultant, and workers from a special baby care unit. 

Royal Navy make a splash with their tribute to royal baby while David Walliams jokes 'Prince Harry just got demoted again!'

The Royal Navy has kicked off royal baby celebrations as sailors and marines spelled out the word 'boy' on the deck of HMS Albion. 

Servicemen and women aboard the vessel, which is currently on duty in the Asia Pacific region, congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in unique fashion.

Meanwhile, celebrities and politicians have been sending their best wishes to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on social media.

Prime Minister Theresa May sent her 'warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy'.

The Royal Navy has kicked off royal baby celebrations as sa.ilors and marines spelled out the word 'boy' on the deck of HMS Albion
The Royal Navy has kicked off royal baby celebrations as sa.ilors and marines spelled out the word 'boy' on the deck of HMS Albion

The Royal Navy has kicked off royal baby celebrations as sa.ilors and marines spelled out the word 'boy' on the deck of HMS Albion

 

Prime Minister Theresa May sent her 'warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy', as did Sadiq Khan and David Walliams
Prime Minister Theresa May sent her 'warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy', as did Sadiq Khan and David Walliams

Prime Minister Theresa May sent her 'warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy', as did Sadiq Khan and David Walliams

'I wish them great happiness for the future,' she added.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: 'On behalf of Londoners, I want to send our warmest congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy.'

Brandon Lewis, chair of the conservative Party, also tweeted his 'huge congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.'

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner also tweeted her 'congratulations to William & Kate on the birth of their baby boy.'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: 'Congratulations to Kate and William on the birth of their baby boy.

'I wish them all the very best.' 

Former world heavyweight champion boxer, Frank Bruno MBE, and Hollywood actress Mia Farrow were among the celebrity well wishers on social media.

Meanwhile, comedian David Walliams quipped: 'Prince Harry just got demoted again.'

The BT Tower (pictured) announces to the British public the birth of a royal baby boy today 
The BT Tower (pictured) announces to the British public the birth of a royal baby boy today 

The BT Tower (pictured) announces to the British public the birth of a royal baby boy today 

The Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Liberal Democrats have congratulated the royal family on social media
The Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Liberal Democrats have congratulated the royal family on social media

The Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Liberal Democrats have congratulated the royal family on social media

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her third child - a boy weighing 8lbs 7oz - today, on what is St George's Day.

Kensington Palace announced the baby was born at about 11am, after Kate was taken by car before 6am to the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London.

The birth appears to have taken place without complications. The baby is fifth in line to the throne and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's sixth great-grandchild.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Liberal Democrats have congratulated the royal family on social media.

Archbishop Justin Welby wrote: 'Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the safe delivery of their baby, a brother for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Speaker John Bercow told the Commons: 'I am sure the whole House would want to join me in sending Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, our warmest congratulations on the birth of their son.' 

Servicemen and women aboard HMS Albion, which is currently on duty in the Asia Pacific region, congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in unique fashion
Servicemen and women aboard HMS Albion, which is currently on duty in the Asia Pacific region, congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in unique fashion

Servicemen and women aboard HMS Albion, which is currently on duty in the Asia Pacific region, congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in unique fashion

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson added: 'I'd very much like to associate the Government with your comments and warm wishes.'

'May God bless them and all of their children with love, happiness and health.'

Sir Vince Cable, leader of the Lib Dems, tweeted: 'Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son.

'I'm sure his older brother will be delighted he has been born on St George's Day! Best wishes to them all and Princess Charlotte.'

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott also sent their congratulations as politicians from across the political spectrum reacted with joy to the news of a new royal baby.

Mr Johnson offered his 'huge congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the safe delivery of their baby boy!'

The Victoria and Albert Museum, of which the Duchess of Cambridge is a patron, also congratulated the couple
The Victoria and Albert Museum, of which the Duchess of Cambridge is a patron, also congratulated the couple

The Victoria and Albert Museum, of which the Duchess of Cambridge is a patron, also congratulated the couple

Kate and Wills' new baby boy becomes fifth in line to throne - pushing Prince Andrew out of top six for first time in his life (Meaning he no longer has to ask the Queen's permission to marry)

The new Prince of Cambridge has become the fifth in line to the throne, pushing Prince Andrew out of the top six for the first time. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child - a younger sibling to Prince George and Princess Charlotte - is the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's sixth great-grandchild. 

The boy, weighing 8lbs 7oz, is also a great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria.

Here is how the line of succession will look once the new royal baby is born
Here is how the line of succession will look once the new royal baby is born

Here is how the line of succession will look once the new royal baby is born

Following the baby's arrival, Prince Harry shifts down the line of succession to sixth place.

The Duke of York, who was born second in line, has moved to seventh and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to eighth and ninth.

Andrew falling out of the top six means he will no longer have to ask the Queen for permission to marry - unlike Charles, William, George, Charlotte and Harry. 

The first six people in the line of succession must have the Queen's consent before they can marry on May 19, as set out by the Succession to the Crown Act 2013.

Prince Charles is currently heir to the throne, and will take over from the Queen when she dies, or if she abdicates
Prince Charles is currently heir to the throne, and will take over from the Queen when she dies, or if she abdicates
Prince William is currently second in line, and will become King following the death or abdication of his father
Prince William is currently second in line, and will become King following the death or abdication of his father

Prince Charles is currently heir to the throne, and will take over from the Queen when she dies, or if she abdicates. Prince William is currently second in line, and will become King following the death or abdication of his father

The act's introduction also saw sex removed as a determining factor in the line of succession.

It was always thought that William and Kate would go on to have three children.  

Kate is one of three and had a happy home life with her sister, Pippa Matthews, and brother, James Middleton, and is close to both of her siblings.

But William may need to adjust to caring for a newborn once again.

Kate joked in the months leading up to her due date that her husband was 'in denial' about having a third.

Prince George will stay as third in line to the throne and will succeed his father. Princess Charlotte will remain as fourth in line in the throne, thanks to the law change in 2013 that means that male siblings no longer overtake their sisters
Prince George will stay as third in line to the throne and will succeed his father. Princess Charlotte will remain as fourth in line in the throne, thanks to the law change in 2013 that means that male siblings no longer overtake their sisters
Princess Charlotte will remain as fourth in line in the throne, thanks to the law change in 2013 that means that male siblings no longer overtake their sisters
Princess Charlotte will remain as fourth in line in the throne, thanks to the law change in 2013 that means that male siblings no longer overtake their sisters

Prince George will stay as third in line to the throne and will succeed his father. Princess Charlotte will remain as fourth in line in the throne, thanks to the law change in 2013 that means that male siblings no longer overtake their sisters

By having more than two children, William and Kate are following in the footsteps of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who went on to have four children - although there was a gap of 10 years between their second child, Anne, and third, Andrew.

As a sibling to both future king George and 'spare to the heir' Charlotte, the new baby is unlikely ever to be crowned sovereign.

The Duke of York is the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's third child, but when Andrew was born in 1960 he leapfrogged his older sister, Princess Anne, in the line of succession.

With the Cambridges' third child being a boy, he will no longer be allowed to jump ahead of older sister Charlotte in the line of succession.

Previously, under the ancient rules of male primogeniture, royal sons took precedence over their female siblings, even leapfrogging first-born royal daughters.

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