Kate Middleton and Prince William Welcome their Third Child

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Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their third child, a baby boy on Monday. The official statement was released by Kensington Palace.

The statement 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.”

“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 statement continued. “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

A series of tweets were sent out by the official accounts of the family and the palace:

Third Child and fifth in the royal lineage

The newborn prince has two older siblings: Prince George and Princess Charlotte. He is fifth in line to the royal throne after his grandfather, Prince Charles, father Prince Williams and his two siblings. Earlier, the law said that the prince would supplant his older sister in succession to the throne. However, this was changed which made Princess Charlotte a rightful heir as well.

Fans delighted

“Earlier, the Metropolitan Police had set up barricades outside the hospital as the British press, and hundreds of dedicated royal fans, rushed to stake out positions in the hopes of seeing Catherine and the new baby. Royal fans who had been camped outside the hospital for hours were in tears following the news, which was announced by a town crier and burst into song and cheers,” The Daily Telegraph reported.

“Per royal protocol, an official announcement will be posted with the full details on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. It’s expected that close relatives – led by Kate’s parents, Carole and Mike Middleton, and William’s father Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – will come to see the couple and their as-yet-unnamed newborn before the couple leaves the hospital,” People reported.

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