Well all you royalty lovers in Fresno and all over the world, the wait is finally over. At 4:24 p.m. BST (British Standard Time), as reported by CNN as well as countless other news sources, Prince William and Princess Catherine Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have given birth to their first child…and its a boy!
The baby weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces. No name has been announced yet for the child yet, who is now third in line to the throne.
A bulletin places outside of Buckingham Palace read, “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
Spectators and well-wishers from all over the world gathered outside Buckingham Palace to await news of the birth, and erupted in cheers at the news. At least one group of these well-wishers even brought flowers, champagne and a card for the royal couple. The fountains at Trafalgar Square were even turned blue for the event.
British Prime Minster David Cameron said, “I’m sure that right across the country and indeed right across the commonwealth, people will be celebrating and wishing the royal couple well…It is an important moment in the life of our nation, but I suppose above all, it’s a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who got a brand new baby boy.”
CNN correspondent Max Foster was reportedly told by a Kensington Palace source that the new parents spent some time with their baby before calling family members — starting with Queen Elizabeth II — to announce the birth. The source also said that Prince William remained at Catherine’s side throughout the labor and that the baby was born vaginally, not via a C-section.
The Kensington Palace source said that Prince William said, “We could not be happier.”
The royal couple themselves are expected to remain in hospital overnight and is not scheduled to make a public appearance today. However, a multigun salute is set to happen Tuesday to commemorate the royal birth.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla said in a statement, “Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine, and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy.”
Earlier today, William and Kate traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital. This was the same same hospital where the late Princess Diana had given birth both to William and his brother Prince Harry.
CNN’s Max Foster reported that the baby’s name may be announced when the family leaves the hospital. It should be noted that Prince William’s name was announced a few days after his birth, and his brother Harry’s on departure from hospital.
Foster also said that some British parents have delayed naming their own newborns in recent days in hopes of either copying or avoiding the royal name. British bookmakers reportedly favor the names James and George.
The child’s royal title will be His Royal Highness Prince (the baby’s name) of Cambridge, and he will be third in line for the throne now occupied by Queen Elizabeth II. Her son, Charles, will succeed her, followed by his son, William.
This examiner would like to express his congratulations and wish the young prince, the happy parents, the royal family, and the entire country of Great Britain, the very best!