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Royal Baby: Kate Middleton Has Given Birth To Her Third Child - A Son

Royal Baby: Kate Middleton Has Given Birth To Her Third Child - A Son

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Kensington Palace has confirmed that Kate Middleton has successfully given birth to her third child - a boy - at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, London.

The news was announced on the Kensington Palace Twitter account, which said: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. 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 Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled to the Paddington hospital this morning as Kate was in the early stages of labour.

People who have been camping outside the Lindo Wing for weeks will now be clambering to catch a first glimpse of the baby boy.

Terry Hutt, 83, and John Loughrey, 63, have been there since April 9 and Terry has told People: "I know the routine so we wanted to get here for the best view. We're excited, over the moon.

"I had a sense it was going to be today. We are going to celebrate later with fish and chips."

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William Hill was taking bets on what the name of the new baby would be called, with Alice at 4/1 while Arthur was just behind on 5/1. There was also Mary on 11/2 and Victoria and Elizabeth on 6/1. Now that it's been confirmed as a boy, Arthur is the front runner.

As with tradition, a framed proclamation announcing the birth will be placed behind the gates at Buckingham Palace.

The Duchess had been on maternity leave for several weeks since her last public engagement at a charity lunch for 'The Commonwealth Big Lunch' on March 22nd.

The baby boy will be the couple's third child after Prince George, who is four years old, and Princess Charlotte, who is two. The Duchess went through more than 10 hours of labour for George and just two and a half for Charlotte.

Little was known about the potential due date of the couple's latest child - only that the birth was announced in October and expected at some point in April.

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The boy will become the fifth in line to the throne of the United Kingdom behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte - while Prince Harry will get pushed down to sixth.

Earlier in her pregnancy, as with her other pregnancies, the Duchess has suffered with hyperemesis gravidarium - a very severe form of morning sickness.

The new baby will become the Queen's sixth great-grandchild.

A standard room at the Lindo Wing where the Duchess gave birth costs £5,900 per night and has been used by George and Amal Clooney amongst others.

Included in the service are a waiter, who takes orders for both mother and father's meals. Afternoon tea can also be ordered to arrive on a three-tiered cake stand.

Featured Image Credit: PA

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