The wait is finally over and it has been officially announced that a bouncing baby boy has been born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on July 22, 2013 in London, England.
After several hours of labor, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth at 16:24 BST (around 11:24 a.m. ET), with William, the Duke of Cambridge being present for the arrival.
Royal gynecologists Marcus Setchell and Alan Farthing emerged triumphant from the Lindo Wing following the birth, which had taken some 11 hours after being admitted to the hospital, reportedly via natural birth method, without any inducements, according to Hoda Kotb on the “Today” show on Chanel 11.
The future King of England weighs in at 8 pounds 6 ounces, with William, the proud father being right there by his wife’s side to watch the royal birth.
The royal baby was perhaps more than a week overdue, with its due date rumored to being anywhere from July 11 or 14 and at this writing, July 19. But first births often go into “overtime” as they say…
As the Queen’s Senior Page Philip Rhodes was given the official notification in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, to announce the birth of a son at 4:24 p.m. at St Mary’s Hospital in London, easels were set up to display the announcement for the public including in the forecourt outside Buckingham Palace.
In addition, a costumed town crier announced the royal birth the old-fashioned way right outside the Lindo Wing at the hospital, complete with silver bell and scroll.
Kate had been admitted to the hospital around 5:30 a.m., having driven there with husband Prince William, reportedly without a police escort for the two and a half mile distance.
The sex of the baby was kept hidden, though Kate had alluded earlier that it was a girl via a slip of the tongue during a public engagement. Those who were rooting for a baby daughter are no doubt a little bit disappointed…
Even provisions were made to allow the first-born to the royal couple being the future monarch of Britain, regardless of gender.
People were already same the little princess should be named “Alexandra” or “Elizabeth,” befitting the future Queen of England.
As for the name of their newest arrival, the Palace says it will be announced “in due course.”
Particularly poignant were the group of scouts who had assembled outside with a baby carrier monogrammed “HRH On Board.” The former Kate Middleton is very much involved with the Scouts, having attending training courses and gatherings recently.
Not to fret if you couldn’t quite make it to London in time for the birth of the royal baby. Merchants, such as Ye Olde King’s Head English pub in Santa Monica, California, are hawking everything from generic baby announcement cards with a royal spin saying “A prince is born congrats!” to mini Union Jack flags and “keep calm and drink tea.”
And that’s very good advice, keeping calm, as we await the name of the royal baby…
Congrats to Kate and William on their first-born!