BREAKING: IT’S A BOY FOR THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE! Both mother and baby are doing well!
News: Kensington Palace just announced that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in the early stages of labour earlier this morning. She travelled by car to the hospital with the Duke of Cambridge from Kensington Palace around 6:00AM.
We will have live updates during the day.
- 8:22hrs: Kensington Palace announces that HRH has been admitted to the hospital.
- 9:00hrs: We’ll probably have another Royal Baby by the end of the day! Media have started to take position in front of the now famous Lindo Wing door.
- 9:15hrs: fun fact – both prince William and prince George were born on a Monday, while the Duchess herself and her daughter were born on a Saturday. Are we going to have another boy?
- 9:30hrs: it is not totally clear at what exact time the Duchess was admitted to the hospital. However, we expect things to go quick again like during the birth of princess Charlotte in 2015. We might even see prince George and Princess Charlotte this afternoon visiting their mother and new sibling in the hospital!
- 10:00hrs: a livestream of the door of the Lindo Wing. There is no news yet. The media is out in full force outside the hospital today. Prince Harry and Meghan have an engagement this afternoon, but I suspect they won’t get as much media coverage as usual, because the media is busy somewhere else..
- 10:20hrs: The Royal baby will share his or her birthday with William Shakespeare and Lady Gabriella Windsor, who was actually born in the very same hospital on this day in 1981! England is also celebrating St. George’s Day today (their national day), named after their patron of St. George. What a great day for a Royal baby to be born!
- 10:25hrs: there is a chance that the baby has been born already, but the Cambridges like to spend some time with their baby alone and call family and friends about the news. With prince George, the world learned about the happy news 4 hours after his birth, and with princess Charlotte, it took 2,5 hours.
- 11:00hrs: still no news…! In 2015, we had the news about the birth around this time. It seems that the Duchess was admitted to the hospital around 6:00AM this morning.
- 11:30hrs: still no news… people are getting really nervous now!! Will we have a prince or princess soon?
- 11:45hrs: The Royal Baby will be fifth in line to the throne, after his or her grandfather the Prince of Wales, his or her father, the Duke of Cambridge, and his or her siblings: Prince George and Princess Charlotte. He or she will be the seventh great-grandchild of Her Majesty the Queen.
- 12:00hrs: we’re still waiting.. Sky News is reporting live near the hospital. A Sky news live stream can be watched here.
- 12:05hrs: The Duchess’ stylist/PA Natasha Archer has been spotted at the Lindo Wing, around four hours after the Duchess was admitted. Pictures can be seen at the Daily Mail. Does this mean that the baby has been born already?
- 12:10hrs: It is reported on Sky News that Prince George is at school today, and Princess Charlotte is at home at Kensington Palace. It is possible that we’ll see the two of them visiting their mother and their new sibling in the hospital later today.
- 12:30hrs: people are saying now that they might hold onto the announcement until Prince Harry and Meghan’s engagement today (attending a memorial service for the 25th anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence) is over, which seems to be possible. The memorial service will start at 15:00hrs.
- 13:00hrs: the current theory is that the Duke and Duchess might be waiting to announce the news to the world until they’ve told both George and Charlotte the good news. After George finishes school, we might even see them when they are visiting the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital later today!
- 13:02hrs: It’s a boy! The Duchess was safely deliverd of a son at 11:01AM this morning! The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz (3820 grams). The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well. Members of both families have been informed about the happy news.
- 13:10hrs: The Duchess was assisted during the birth by Mr. Guy Thorpe-Beeston (Surgeon Gynaecologist to the Royal Household), Mr. Alan Farthing (Surgeon Gynaecologist to Her Majesty the Queen), Dr. Sunit Godambe (Consultat Neonatologist at the Imperial College NHS Trust), and Professor Huw Thomas (Physician to Her Majesty the Queen and Head of the Medicial Household). The Duchess had all four men at her side with her previous two deliveries. Midwives were also present, and more than 20 medical experts were on standby in case of an emergency during the birth.
- 13:15hrs: The Prince will be styled as His Royal Highness Prince [name] of Cambridge. When his father accends the throne, this Prince will very likely styled as HRH The Duke of York, the traditional title for the second son of the monarch. Prince George will be known as the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cornwall, and Princess Charlotte will probably be the Princess Royal, although it’s also possible that things will change and she will be the Duchess of York in her own right as the second child of the monarch.
- 13:25hrs: According to Royal Reporters on the ground, it’s very possible that we’ll see some visitors later today! It’s also very much possible that the couple with their SON will leave the hospital tonight.
- 13:30hrs: Princess Charlotte made history today! She’s the first British Princess to be ahead of a younger brother, since succession laws were changed a few years ago.
- 13:50hrs: A formal notice will appear on an easel soon in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, like in 2013 for the birth of Prince George and in 2015 for the birth of Princess Charlotte. The names of the baby will be announced in a few days. The formal notice only contains the gender, the time of birth and the weight, and that the Duchess and her child are doing well. It will be signed by the doctors that were present at the birth.
- 14:00hrs: the newborn Prince is the heaviest child the Duchess has given birth to (8lbs 7oz – 3820 grams), after prince George (8lbs 6oz – 3800 grams) and princess Charlotte (8lbs 1oz – 3660 grams).
- 14:15hrs: Sky News reports that the Duchess of Cambridge will be on maternity leave until the autumn starts, just as she did after the birth of Princess Charlotte. The Royal Family’s summer holiday usually ends late August, and they get back to work in the early days of September. It is expected that the Duchess will be back in September too, although we’re going to see her for some events before that, such as Harry and Meghan’s wedding next month, Trooping the Colour in June and the baby’s christening in the summer.
- 14:30hrs: the easel with the official birth announcement, signed by the doctors that were present for the birth, was put on display at Buckingham Palace.
- 15:00hrs: Prince George’s school finishes at this time. We might see him and his sister visiting their new brother later today!
- 15:05hrs: Sky News is reporting that a royal press secretary will go into the hospital within the next hour to talk to the couple about what will happen in the next hours (aka about if they’re going to leave the hospital tonight, and if there will be any visitors).
- 15:05hrs: In the mean time, Prince Harry and Meghan have just arrived at the memorial service for the 25th Anniversary of Stephen Lawrence in London. Meghan is in a dark sleeveless dress and heels, and her hair in an updo. Since we obviously have other things to keep ourselves occupied with today, we’ll only cover their engagement in our weekly Harry & Meghan Review (which will obviously will be delayed).
- 15:30hrs: Prince William is expected to leave the hospital at 4PM to see Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace. It is very likely that he’ll come back with them to see their mother and newborn brother.
- 15:45hrs: to see the Duke leaving the hospital, and come back with his two older children, watch this livestream or the Sky News livestream.
- 16:15hrs: The Duke of Cambridge just left the Lindo Wing for Kensington Palace to see Prince George and Princess Charlotte and talk to them about the news that they have a little baby brother. A smiling and obviously very happy Prince William said: ‘Back in a minute!’
- 16:30hrs: Kensington Palace is only a five to ten minute drive away from the Lindo Wing so we can expect the Duke to be back at the hospital soon!
- 16:35hrs: it is thought that the Duke will return to the Lindo Wing in ten minutes from now.
- 16:45hrs: The Duke has just returned to the Lindo Wing with his two older children, Prince George (4) and Princess Charlotte (2), to visit their mother and newborn brother. More can be read and more pictures can be seen in this special blog.
- 16:50hrs: We’re all just still recovering from the adorable appearance from Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Furthermore, it is not sure what will be happening next. Will the Duchess and her baby son leave the hospital tonight?
- 17:15hrs: The Duchess of Cambridge and her son will be leaving the hospital tonight. Kensington Palace says: ‘Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have received. They would also like to thank everyone for their warm wishes’. Futhermore, it was confirmed that Prince George and Princess Charlotte have returned home through a side entrance.
- 17:25hrs: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son will leave the hospital within 45 minutes from now.
- 17:50hrs: The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge just left the hospital with their son. They have returned to Kensington Palace now. A full report on the departure can be read in this blog, with many more gorgeous photographs of the couple.
Thank you for following us today! It’s been an amazing day and we are going to continue to cover the news on the new member of the Cambridge family in the coming weeks. We are expecting visitors at Kensington Palace tomorrow and the announcement of the names on Wednesday. Next Tuesday, the family will celebrate Princess Charlotte’s third birthday. We might get new pictures of the Princess (and maybe of her family too) on that day.