Pregnant Kate Middleton was rushed off to St. Mary’s Hospital on Monday morning to give birth to the newest heir to the British throne. Due to a new change in the royal rules of succession, it didn’t matter whether the Kate Middleton baby was a boy or a girl — either one would qualify to be the third in line to the British throne.
The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly went into labor in the early hours of the morning on July 22, 2013. Accompanied by her husband, Prince William, pregnant Kate Middleton was quickly bustled off to St. Mary’s in London to prepare for the coming of the couple’s first royal baby.
There had been some concerns that Prince William might be late to the birth because of his duties as a Royal Air Force helicopter rescue pilot. Luckily, however, everything worked out perfectly for Prince William and wife Kate Middleton — who were finally married in 2011 — and he was by her side as she entered the hospital.
The second in line to the British throne behind his father, Prince Charles, William will also have two weeks of paternity leave to enjoy bonding with the royal baby and new mom Kate, according to ThinkProgress.org. The newest British royal will be known as His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess of Cambridge. What a big title for a tiny infant to carry around!
A spokesperson for the royals told CBS News earlier that the labor was “progressing as normal” but declined to give any further details.
UPDATE: The royal palace has issued a press announcement stating: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4:24 p.m. The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz.” The official birth announcement will also posted at Buckingham Palace with the royal baby’s weight, time of birth and gender.
As for the royal baby’s name, don’t expect that to be announced right away. Although there are lots of rumors that the new prince or princess will have a tribute to late grandmother Princess Diana in their name somewhere, we probably won’t know for a while yet what it will be!