After going into labour this morning, Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, Kate has given birth to a baby boy.
Yet unnamed, the newly born prince is 3rd in line to the throne, behind father Prince William and grandfather Prince Charles.
The birth announcement, via a press release from Kensington Palace, said the boy was born at 4:24 p.m. weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. William was present for the birth, the statement said. The announcement did not include a name for the future monarch, though one is expected to be announced in the next few days.
“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight,” it said. “Members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.”
No one can tell what political and personal changes the intervening years will bring, but the baby can be expected to become the head of state of 16 countries, including Britain, Australia and Canada, and possibly the head of the Commonwealth, which covers 54 nations.
The child will also eventually become Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
A big congratulations to the couple.