It’s a prince!
The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth Monday to her first child, a 8-pound, 6 ounce boy.
The palace revealed the news via press release at 8 p.m. local time following a hospital stay that lasted more than 14 hours at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, the same facility where Princes William and Harry were born.
Per royal protocol, Queen Elizabeth was the first to hear; Prince William called her personally.
The baby’s birth was to be announced to the world in a formal declaration placed in front of Buckingham Palace on an easel, the same one used to announce Prince William’s birth 31 years ago. But the palace released the news to the media first.
“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight,” the statement read.
The infant will be third in line to the British throne, after his father and grandfather, Prince Charles. The baby is the first grandchild for both Prince Charles and the Middleton family.
Duchess Kate, 31, was admitted to St Mary’s in the early stages of labor shortly before 6 a.m. local time (1 a.m. ET).
Read the full story on Today.com where it was first published.