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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to healthy baby boy weighing 8lb 6oz

by 22/07/2013 21:47:00 0 comments 4049 Views
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to healthy baby boy weighing 8lb 6oz
Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to healthy baby boy

An overjoyed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the proud parents of a healthy baby boy, and the nation celebrates the birth of a future king.

The couple’s son weighed 8lb 6oz and was delivered at 4.24pm today at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington with his proud father, Prince William, looking on. 

Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight, said a spokesman for the palace.

The long-awaited baby will be given the title His Royal Highness and be known as Prince of Cambridge, after the Queen moved earlier this year to change almost a century of royal tradition.

She issued a formal proclamation in January to end a convention brought in by George V which meant that a royal title was restricted to the children of the sovereign and the children of the sovereign’s sons.

 

Vast: Crowds of tourists and well-wishers gather on the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial Statue and at the gates outside Buckingham Palace today

Vast: Crowds of tourists and well-wishers gather on the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial Statue and at the gates outside Buckingham Palace today as they wait for the royal baby to be born

Preparations: Crowds have flocked to the areas outside Buckingham Palace, where the baby's birth will be announced in the coming hours

Preparations: Crowds have flocked to the areas outside Buckingham Palace, where the baby's birth will be announced in the coming hours

 
 
Excited: Huge numbers of people are gathering outside Buckingham Palace, which has had a red rope erected to control crowds

Excited: Huge numbers of people are gathering outside Buckingham Palace, which has had a red rope erected to control crowds

 

 
Anticipation: For weeks people have been sleeping outside the Lindo Wing, where the baby is born, and now many will also wait outside the Queen's home

Anticipation: For weeks people have been sleeping outside the Lindo Wing, where the baby is born, and now many will also wait outside the Queen's home

 
Royal excitement: Enthusiasts gather outside Buckingham Palace today and some tourists cool off in the fountains on what has been the hottest day of the year

Royal excitement: Enthusiasts gather outside Buckingham Palace today and some tourists cool off in the fountains on what has been the hottest day of the year

 

 
Royal baby coming: Members of the public cool off in the pools outside Buckingham Palace today as the country waits for news about the royal birth

Royal baby coming: Members of the public cool off in the pools outside Buckingham Palace today as the country waits for news about the royal birth

 

 
Fever pitch: There were huge cheers and a rushing crowd as the Queen arrived back at Buckingham Palace with her corgis this afternoon ahead of the birth of the royal baby

Fever pitch: There were huge cheers and a rushing crowd as the Queen arrived back at Buckingham Palace with her corgis this afternoon ahead of the birth of the royal baby

The new baby is third in the line of succession, relegating his proud uncle, Prince Harry to fourth, and great-uncle, Prince Andrew, to sixth – although he may not become sovereign for half a century or more.

Recent legislation allowing female heirs to automatically accede to the throne if they are first born will clearly not affect the Cambridge’s son, but will have a bearing on any of his children.

Although a cause for national celebration, the baby’s arrival is, more importantly, a time of overwhelming personal joy for William and Kate, who made no secret of their desire to start a family when they married two years ago.

The Queen was, according to protocol, the first to be informed of the newest addition to her family when William personally telephoned her from his wife’s delivery suite, followed by proud grandfather Prince Charles and Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, who are now linked by blood to the British throne.

The birth was announced to the world's media by a press release from the Palace.

Final public appearance: The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Buckingham Palace during a horse drawn parade last month as she is seen for the last time before she was due to give birth

Final public appearance: The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Buckingham Palace during a horse drawn parade last month as she is seen for the last time before she was due to give birth

With family – including the entire Middleton clan and new uncle Prince Harry  - set to arrive at the hospital with hours, it is understood that the couple do not intend to introduce the Queen to her new great grand-son until the Duchess returns home.

Despite having eight grand-children and two great grand-daughters already, it will be a momentous event for the 87-year-old sovereign.

The last time a still-serving monarch got to meet a great grandchild born in direct succession to the crown was nearly 120 years ago.

Queen Victoria, who reigned until 1901, was still sovereign when her great grandchild Edward VIII, who later abdicated, was born third in line in 1894.

William and Kate’s baby will be the great great great great great grandchild of Queen Victoria and the present Queen’s third great grandchild.

It is also likely to have huge resonance for her personally, marking the emergence of a reinvigorated British Royal Family after decades dominated by bitter marital strife.

William and Kate are personally determined that their son be allowed to enjoy as ‘normal’ an upbringing as possible while being taught to respect and accept his destiny as a future King, head of the armed forces, supreme governor of the Church of England and head of the Commonwealth, which covers 54 nations across the world.

The present Queen is still head of state of 16 countries across the globe but it is likely that by the time her great grand-son accedes to the throne, which could be more than fifty or more years from now, precious little of those will remain.

In an interview to mark their engagement in 2010, Kate stressed that her own family – parents Michael and Carole and siblings Pippa and James – were the lynchpin of her existence.

Asked about her family she said: ‘Yes. It’s very important to me. And I hope we will be able to have a happy family ourselves.’

When asked about his future plans in the military, William added in an interview last year : ‘More importantly, I’d rather like to have children. So that’s the key thing really.’

He also revealed that he would like two children – while his wife subsequently divulged that while she wanted a boy, William liked the idea of a girl.

 
Anticipated: A journalist broadcasts live from the palace, where the baby's name and weight will be displayed on an easel when it arrives Business as usual: Tourists and monarchists are flooding to the palace, which will be absolutely packed as soon as the baby is born
 

Anticipated: A journalist broadcasts live from the palace, where the baby's name and weight will be displayed on an easel when it arrives, while tourists watch the changing of the guard

 
 
 
Flashback: A bogus easel similar to the one that will be used to announce the royal baby's birth is placed outside the Palace as tourists mill around

Flashback: A bogus easel similar to the one that will be used to announce the royal baby's birth is placed outside the Palace as tourists mill around

 
Getting a better view: These excited children climb the gates of the Palace and are among the hundreds getting swept away in the excitement of the royal baby's impending arrival

Getting a better view: These excited children climb the gates of the Palace and are among the hundreds getting swept away in the excitement of the royal baby's impending arrival

 

 
Members of the public are pictured outside Buckingham Palace ahead of the arrival of the Royal babyWith the Queen Victoria statue in the background, members of the public gather to take pictures
 

Waiting: Queues of people snake around Buckingham Palace ahead of the arrival of the royal baby as others take pictures with the Queen Victoria Memorial statue in the background, which faces the Queen's home

 
 
Royal fans: A young girl looks-on as Royal well wishers Sarah Haggie, left, and Fi Thompson, right, pose in Union flag themed jackets outside Buckingham Palace in central London

Royal fans: A young girl looks-on as Royal well wishers Sarah Haggie, left, and Fi Thompson, right, pose in Union flag themed jackets outside Buckingham Palace in central London

The couple’s choice of the private Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital is unsurprising but, nevertheless, touching given the link with William’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

William became the first future monarch in history to be born in a hospital when she delivered him there on 21st June 1982, followed by his brother, Harry.

The prince has always, by and large, determinedly kept his feelings about his late mother close to his chest – aside from admitting he gave Kate her engagement ring as a way of keeping her ‘close to it all’.

But his joy at becoming a father is likely to be tinged with an element of regret: regret that his proud, adoring and fiercely possessive mother had not lived to see her first grand-child born.

Tragic Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997, famously adored children and had always secretly hoped to have another.

 
Another royal supporter John Loughrey poses with his royal baby memorabilia as he waits across the street from the hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing

Dedication: Another royal supporter John Loughrey poses with his royal baby memorabilia as he waits across the street from the hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing

 
In for the long haul: Royal supporter John Loughrey looks out from his tent outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital

In for the long haul: Royal supporter John Loughrey looks out from his tent outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital

 

Royal fans: A small crowd gathers outside the hospital over the weekend as royal fans wait for Kate to be admitted to the hospital

Royal fans: A small crowd gathers outside the hospital over the weekend as royal fans wait for Kate to be admitted to the hospital

Little prince - or princess? Royal supporters have both balloons with them as they wait outside the hospital ahead of the birth

Little prince - or princess? Royal supporters have both balloons with them as they wait outside the hospital ahead of the birth

 

 

 

 
 
 
Can't wait: Passionate monarchists who have camped out for days and weeks are just hours away from the announcement of the royal birth

Can't wait: Passionate monarchists who have camped out for days and weeks are just hours away from the announcement of the royal birth

 

 
Baker: Teba Diatta holds a cake outside the Lindo Wing, which says 'Come on Kate, we can't wait, give us something to celebrate'

Baker: Teba Diatta holds a cake outside the Lindo Wing, which says 'Come on Kate, we can't wait, give us something to celebrate'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Duchess will spend the next few days recovering in hospital but, as has already been demonstrated, will be in the best of hands.

Her labour was overseen by the Queen’s own Surgeon-Gynaecologist, Marcus Setchell, who was made Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2005.

As well as attending to the Queen since 1990, he has delivered both of the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s children and former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie’s youngest child, Leo.

At a charity cricket match just days ago the 59-year-old was heard joking to friends that he had given up drinking for the whole of July in preparation for the birth.

He was assisted by the Surgeon-Gynecologist to the Royal Household, Alan Farthing, who is by co-incidence a consultant gynecologist at St Mary’s.

Dr Farthing, 50, is the former fiancé of the murdered BBC television newsreader and presenter Jill Dando and has worked for the Royal Family since 2008.

Both men will continue to monitor Kate’s recovery.

 

 
Royal arrival: This is the moment Kate and her royal protection officers went through the Mary Sandford entrance of the hospital at just before 6am this morning

Royal arrival: This is the moment Kate and her royal protection officers went through the Mary Sandford entrance of the hospital at just before 6am this morning

 
Kate's team march into the hospital after herA member of the protection squad then headed back to the car
 

Protection: Kate's security team are shown here marching into the hospital after her and soon afterwards a member of the protection squad then headed back to the cars, which then swept away

Fortunately for the Duchess, the birth of her baby boy was a much less crowded event that it has been in the past.

Historically the birth would have been attended by a slew of  privy counsellors, government ministers and ladies-in-waiting, not least to ascertain there had been no switch of a prince at birth, a popular suspicion regarding James II’s son.

Queen Victoria formally banished the circus of attendants when the then Princess Mary gave birth to the future Edward VIII in 1894, declaring the presence of one cabinet minister would suffice.

Indeed when the Queen was born in her grandparents’ London home in Mayfair, only the then home secretary Sir William Joynson-Hicks waited in the next room.

But by the time the Queen was due to give birth to her own son, Prince Charles, in 1948, she declared that the need to have any minister present was constitutionally unnecessary (making the 1936 birth of her cousin, Princess Alexandra, the last occasion this occurred).

The Home Secretary is now only required to notify certain officials including the Lord Mayor of London, while the Queen’s Private Secretary Sir Christopher Geidt will inform Governor Generals overseas.

 
Great expectations: A crowd gathers outside St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, after Kate went into labour

Great expectations: A crowd gathers outside St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, after Kate went into labour

 

 
Press pack: The media crowd gathers outside the hospital waiting for news of the royal birth to break

Press pack: The media crowd gathers outside the hospital waiting for news of the royal birth to break

 

 
Away from the press pack: A journalist files copy from a coffee shop as the world as reporters wait for news of the royal birth

Away from the press pack: A journalist files copy from a coffee shop as the world as reporters wait for news of the royal birth

Hot weather: Police officers carry bottles of water outside St Mary's Hospital this afternoon as the heatwave continues

Hot weather: Police officers carry bottles of water outside St Mary's Hospital this afternoon as the heatwave continues

 

 
Police presence: A major security operation is underway at the west London hospital with dozens of officers on duty to maintain order

Police presence: A major security operation is underway at the west London hospital with dozens of officers on duty to maintain order

It is believed that the Duchess fell pregnant last October, within days of returning home from the couple’s hugely successful Diamond Jubilee tour on behalf of the Queen to Asia and the South Pacific.

Sadly, however, the Duchess’s health was to take a turn for the worse less than eight weeks into her pregnancy when, on Monday December 3 last year, she was admitted to hospital suffering from a severe form of pregnancy-related sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

The dramatic turn of events  forced a reluctant St James’s Palace to make the news public far earlier than anyone – particularly William and Kate – would ever have wanted. At that early stage, even senior members of the royal family, including the Queen and Prince Charles, had not been informed.

The news came as a huge shock to all, not least because three days earlier, on Friday December 1, Kate had been filmed playing a game of hockey in high heeled boots on a visit to her old preparatory school, St Andrew’s in Pangbourne, Berkshire.

Insiders told the Mail she had fallen ill while staying at her parents’ home at nearby Bucklebury over the weekend, while Prince William was away with friends on a shooting party.

By Monday morning, with her husband now back by her side, her condition had deteriorated to such an extent that the decision was made to admit her to the King Edward V11 Hospital in London.

 

 
Scrum: Reporters from round the world have been gathered outside the hospital for the last two weeks waiting for the day when the royal baby is born

Scrum: Reporters from round the world have been gathered outside the hospital for the last two weeks waiting for the day when the royal baby is born

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
Insatiable: The press and broadcasters from all over the world are crammed into a small area outside St Mary's Hospital as they wait for the royal birth

Insatiable: The press and broadcasters from all over the world are crammed into a small area outside St Mary's Hospital as they wait for the royal birth

 
Time to roll: Members of the world's media gather outside The Lindo Wing after days of waiting for the Duchess of Cambridge to be admitted

Time to roll: Members of the world's media gather outside The Lindo Wing after days of waiting for the Duchess of Cambridge to be admitted

 
Global broadcasters: Natalie Morales, of NBC in the US, reports live from outside St Mary's Hospital, west London, as the world waits for news

Global broadcasters: Natalie Morales, of NBC in the US, reports live from outside St Mary's Hospital, west London, as the world waits for news

 

 
World event: Natalie Morales, of NBC in the US, has make-up applied to her face as she prepares to go live

World event: Natalie Morales, of NBC in the US, has make-up applied to her face as she prepares to go live

 

 
Big event: Sky News' Kay Burley applies make-up outside the Lindo Wing, at St Mary's Hospital, where she has been broadcasting

Big event: Sky News' Kay Burley applies make-up outside the Lindo Wing, at St Mary's Hospital, where she has been broadcasting

Doctors were particularly concerned that her inability to keep down any fluids could lead to dehydration which could put both herself and the baby at risk.

She was immediately put on a drip to introduce fluids and nutrients into her body and fortunately responded well to treatment, although the couple cancelled several public engagements.

She was sent home after three nights in hospital with a batch of anti-sickness tablets - and strict instructions to rest.

But the following weekend she suffered another bout of severe sickness, forcing the cancelation of further long-standing engagements.

William later attempted to make light of the awfulness of his wife’s condition, however, saying: ‘They shouldn’t call it morning sickness as it’s a day and all night sickness.’

It was, however, an undeniably difficult time, and one that was not made any easier when the private hospital was plunged into the most unimaginable tragedy.

Days after she was released, a nurse who had cared for the Duchess, Jacintha Saldanha, committed suicide after admitting she had been tricked into revealing details of her condition by two Australian DJS during a prank call that had been put through to the ward. An inquest into her death will be held later this year.

Excitement building: Members of the public gather outside St Mary's Hospital this morning as the Duchess of Cambridge goes into labour

Excitement building: Members of the public gather outside St Mary's Hospital this morning as the Duchess of Cambridge goes into labour

 

 
Royal excitement: Tourists take photographs of the front of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital as it emerged that the Duchess had gone into labour

Royal excitement: Tourists take photographs of the front of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital as it emerged that the Duchess has gone into labour

 
 
Where's William? A cameraman with a Prince William mask on the back of his head as he waits for news outside the Lindo Wing

Where's William? A cameraman with a Prince William mask on the back of his head as he waits for news outside the Lindo Wing

 
Going live: Broadcaster Natalie Morales, of NBC News, reports from outside the Lindo Wing as the world waits for news on the royal birth

Going live: Broadcaster Natalie Morales, of NBC News, reports from outside the Lindo Wing as the world waits for news on the royal birth

 

 
Excitement: A crowd gathers outside the hospital as members of the public gather in the fleeting hope that they can get a first glimpse of the royal baby

Excitement: A crowd gathers outside the hospital as members of the public gather in the fleeting hope that they can get a first glimpse of the royal baby

 
Insiders: Staff working on the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital take pictures of the media outside after the Duchess was admitted to hospital

Insiders: Staff working on the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital take pictures of the media outside after the Duchess was admitted to hospital

 
Popping by: TV star Ben Fogle's sister was also admitted to the Lindo wing at 8am this morning to have her baby

Popping by: TV star Ben Fogle's sister was also admitted to the Lindo wing at 8am this morning to have her baby

Fortunately the Duchess made a full recovery and continued with a light diary of public engagements until mid-June, setting the fashion world alight with her choice of elegant maternity outfits ranging from Top Shop to bespoke Emelia Wickstead outfits. The last time she was officially seen in public was at Trooping the Colour on June 15.

Since then she has divided her time between her family home in Berkshire and her London base in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

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