Kate Middleton and Prince William Have Welcomed Their Third Child!
Drumroll, please. It's a boy!
The newest royal baby has finally arrived! Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed their third child this morning, Kensington Palace announced, and Prince George and Princess Charlotte now have a little brother. Most importantly? Both Kate and the young prince are thriving, as evidenced by the birth announcement from Kensington Palace.
"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs," the Palace tweeted. "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, who is officially fifth in line to the throne, was born in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital, where a 23-person team-which included three midwives, two obstetricians, three anesthesiologists, and four surgical staff members-assembled to monitor the royal mother. The maternity ward was prepared long before Kate went into labor, though. Fans noticed barricades set up outside of the wing a month her April due date and royal watchers began assembling outside the hospital since news of Kate's arrival broke this morning.
Per royal tradition, an official announcement has been displayed on an easel outside of Buckingham Palace.
Although there's no name yet, U.K. bookmakers think Albert and Arthur are both strong contenders, People reports. Another popular pick? Philip, which would follow tradition nicely as William's full name is William Arthur Philip Louis. Earlier this month, William, an avid soccer fan, was rooting on his favorite team when he accidentally revealed that they were expecting a little boy. The dad-to-be joked that they'd name the baby Jack after Aston Villa player Jack Grealish, who scored the winning goal against rival team Cardiff City.
There were no reported complications during the delivery, but Middleton's pregnancy, as a whole, wasn't an easy one. Like with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Duchess Kate suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, an excessive, unrelenting form of morning sickness; the royal's condition prevented her from attending most royal events for the first three months of the pregnancy. She recovered, though, and was able to resume her duties-alongside Prince Harry and future sister-in-law Meghan Markle!-before going on maternity leave at the end of March.
The little one arrived just two days after the Queen's birthday and a few days shy of Will and Kate's seventh wedding anniversary, which the couple will celebrate on April 29. He will surely be extra special to Uncle Harry and Aunt Meghan, who are set to marry in just a few weeks.