Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Gives Birth to a Boy


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 Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Gives Birth to a Boy

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    LONDON — Before the royal wedding, theres the royal baby: Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth on Monday to a boy, the third child for her and Prince William.

    “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101 hrs,” Kensington Palace said in a statement on Twitter. “The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

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    The palace said that Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and other members of the families had been informed that Catherine had given birth, and that they were “delighted with the news.”

    It was not clear if Catherine and her husband, Prince William, who has the title Duke of Cambridge, had chosen a name for the baby. Their first child, George, was born on July 22, 2013, and their second, Charlotte, on May 2, 2015. They announced last September that they were expecting again, and Catherine was admitted to the Lindo Wing of St. Marys Hospital on Monday morning, in the early stages of labor.

    A notice has been placed on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace following the announcement of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child.@KensingtonRoyalpic.twitter.com/82ZCB7F2aQ

    — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 23, 2018

    The news of the birth comes amid widespread attention in Britain and around the world on another big royal moment: Prince Harry is to marry the American actress Meghan Markle on May 19.

    The pomp and limelight that accompanied the birth on Monday offered proof of the enduring British devotion to — or at least fascination with — the royal family. The government announced that flags would fly on all government buildings on Tuesday in honor of the newest member.

    Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their new baby boy in London, April 23, 2018.

    Outside the hospital, the news drew a curious mix of journalists, Britons and tourists.

    [Read more about the modern tradition of the royal baby watch at the Lindo Wing.]

    Around 1:20 p.m., a man named Tony Appleton appeared on the steps of the hospitals Lindo Wing in knee breeches and a tricorn hat with yardlong, trembling feathers, carrying a very large bell, which he rang repeatedly and at earsplitting volume.

    “Oyez, oyez, oyez, weve got a royal baby, a prince!” he bellowed on the stairs, before proceeding down the street a dozen times for various camera crews. He had taken the train in from Chelmsford for a second time on Monday morning, after a false alarm on Saturday.

    “Kate, dont have any more, my nerves are shattered,” he said afterward.

    Mr. Appleton expressed irritation that he has frequently been identified as an “unofficial” town crier, noting that he is the official town crier of his hometown, Great Baddow.

    “How lucky we are to have a royal family,” said Vanessa Crossley, 40.

    By: The New York Times

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