By Cecilia Rodriguez, FORBES CONTRIBUTOR ~~
The birth of the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Great Britain’s newest prince, was announced officially on Monday by Kensington Palace in a tweet that reads:
“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. 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 tweet continued.
The new parents emerged from the hospital shortly after 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. EST) with their new baby boy, 12 hours after they had arrived for his delivery. The baby was born shortly after 11 a.m. and at 8 pounds, 7 ounces, was heavier than his big brother, Prince George, now four years old, as well as his sister, two-year-old Princess Charlotte, both of whom came to meet their new brother during the afternoon.
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Less than two hours after giving birth, Kate’s personal stylists were pictured entering St Mary’s Hospital to prepare her for the “big reveal” on the steps of the Lindo Wing, a new royal tradition established by Princess Diana after William’s birth in 1982.
As they presented their new prince while standing outside the hospital in Paddington, Prince William—answering questions shouted by journalists—said they had not yet decided on a name.
The new prince, whose title will be His Royal Highness Prince of Cambridge, is the sixth great-grandchild of the queen and fifth in the line to the throne and was brought to the world by the same doctors who attended his siblings’ births.