UPDATED: The royal baby has been named George Alexander Louis. Read a quick history of the three names here.
It’s a boy! Congratulations to Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, born today July 22, 2013 at 4.24pm, at St Mary’s hospital in London. The little Prince of Cambridge will be the third in line for the British throne…
The baby was born at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, part of Imperial College London-St Mary’s Campus, where both Prince William and his brother Harry were also born. The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz.
The medical team was led by obstetrician and gynecologist, Marcus Setchell (providing services to the Queen from 1990 to 2008).
The Queen is now looked after by fellow obstetrician and gynecologist (and former partner of slain journalist Jill Dando), Alan Farthing (2008-current), who has also attended the Duchess of Cambridge during her pregnancy.
Here’s what will happen next for the newest royal prince:
- Immediately following the birth, the medical team will sign a formal notice revealing the baby’s gender which will be taken by car to Buckingham Palace, and placed on a wooden easel at the front of Buckingham Palace, and then announced through more modern methods, via electronic media. No medical details will be released, unless there are complications.
- At the same time, members of both families, the British government and the governors-general of Commonwealth countries will be informed.
- The name of the newborn prince might not be released for several days, but he will be known officially as “His Royal Highness, Prince of Cambridge” and the family name of Windsor may not appear on the official birth certificate. Vote for what you think the name will be in our ROYAL BABY NAME POLL.
- The first official views of the baby will be when the royal couple leave the hospital following the birth, at a time agreed on by the couple and their doctors.
- Prince William will take the standard two weeks paternity leave from his job at the RAF’s search and rescue unit, returning to duty in North Wales after that. His three-year secondment to the RAF ends in a few months’ time, but his plans after that have not been announced. Kate will take maternity leave from her royal duties until further notice.
- The couple plan to take the newborn baby to a more private location than the palaces of central London for their first few weeks as parents. The palace has not revealed where, though some speculate it will be Balmoral Castle in Scotland, but other reports suggest they may stay with Kate’s parents in Berkshire.
- The new family will move to their currently-being-renovated apartment in Kensington Palace (expected to be ready around September), Apartment 1A, the six-bedroom flat formerly the home of Princess Margaret. They also have a new home (also due to be renovated) at Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
- Several weeks after the birth, the baby will be baptised, though plans have yet to be finalised as to a venue and date.
Vote for what you think the royal baby name will be in our ROYAL BABY NAME POLL.
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