Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed a baby boy — their third child — at 11:01 a.m. U.K. time in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. The name hasn’t been announced yet, though some people are speculating it could be Alice or Phillip.
It was just seven hours after giving birth that Middleton left the hospital, wearing a red dress with a white collar — a dress almost identical to the dress Princess Diana wore after giving birth to Prince Harry. The royal baby was wrapped in a white shawl as he made his first public appearance outside the hospital. The couple left just before 6 p.m. local time, as cheers erupted from the crowd.
“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 Palace said in a statement.
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.
Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018
People reported that Prince William told onlookers the family was “very happy, delighted” and joked “Thrice worry now” referencing his other two children, 4-year-old Prince George and 2-year-old Princess Charlotte. The newest royal child will be fifth in line to the throne, following his grandfather Prince Charles, father Prince William, and his brother and sister. Just before George was born, British law changed to make birth order — not gender — the determining factor in ruling succession. This means that, sorry Uncle Prince Harry, the newest royal will displace him in succession, moving him to sixth in line.
And what’s next in royal family happenings? On May 19, American actress Meghan Markle will marry Prince Harry at Windsor Castle. It doesn’t seem Middleton, after giving birth, will be part of the wedding in any official way. Marlene Koenig, a “royal expert,” told Cosmopolitan UK, “the Duchess of Cambridge barely knows Meghan.” She continued, “…she is the future queen consort when William becomes king after his father, and would unlikely be an attending person to another royal bride.”