It's a boy!

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth to 3rd child

Catherine, the duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to her third child on Monday, a boy, Kensington Palace announced in a tweet. The baby was born at 11:01 a.m., weighed in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces and is the third child for the duchess and Prince William. “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” the palace said in a statement on Twitter. Catherine gave birth at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Outside the hospital, a throng of reporters and photographers had gathered and they erupted into cheers when a self-proclaimed town crier broke the news of the royal birth.

By early evening, Catherine and Prince William emerged from the hospital to pose for photos in front of the press holding their new bundle of joy — his first public appearance — before departing for home at Kensington Palace. Catherine left the hospital wearing a red smock dress, custom made by Jenny Packham, according to The Daily Mail. The outfit drew comparisons to the one worn by Princess Diana when she left the hospital with a newborn Prince Harry in 1984.

In a subsequent statement posted on Twitter, the palace said the rest of the royal family had been made aware of the birth and that they were “delighted with the news.”

The palace has yet to announce that the royal couple has decided on a name yet, but over the weekend gamblers had been putting high odds on the names Albert, Arthur, and Fred if the new bundle of joy was a boy. The new prince is fifth in line to the throne behind Prince Charles, Prince William and older siblings Prince George, who is 4 and Princess Charlotte, who is 2 and will turn 3 next week. The new prince is Queen Elizabeth II’s sixth great-grandchild and his arrival pushes Prince Harry back to sixth place in the line of succession.

The news also brought greetings from British Prime Minister Theresa May, who sent her congratulations in a post on Twitter, saying, “I wish them great happiness for the future.”

As The Associated Press noted, the palace’s decision to announce the royal birth in a tweet was something of a departure from tradition, but not a complete one. News of the birth was still posted on an easel out in front of Buckingham Palace. Again, though, in a sign of the times, video of two Buckingham Palace workers placing the official notice on the easel was posted on the Royal Family’s Twitter account.

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Read the full story at The Associated Press.

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