Kate, 36, safely delivered a son around 11 a.m. local time in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital, Kensington Palace announced. And Prince William was present for the birth, according to the palace. He is now fifth in line to the throne, behind his paternal grandfather, Prince Charles; his father, Prince William; and both of his older siblings.
The royal baby truly had ideal timing; the prince was born just in time to attend the royal wedding next month!
The Royal baby was born Monday morning inside the £5,900-a-stay The Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London.
As they did with their first two children, Prince William and Duchess Kate are expected to debut their newborn outside the Lindo Wing.
Members of both families had been informed and were "delighted with the news".
The newborn's place in the line of succession, however, is making history.
The name of the child, if tradition stands, will be announced on a gilded easel outside Buckingham Palace within a few days of the child's birth.
Today morning, Kensington Palace announced the news via Twwitter. For one thing, Monday is St. George's Day, the feast day of the patron saint of England, so some Twitter users anxious that Prince George's little brother would steal some of his attention.
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- The new baby will be a prince or princess of Cambridge and enjoy the prefix title of his or her royal highness (HRH).
Among bookmakers' favored names for the couple's third child are Arthur, Albert and Frederick.
The birth also gives Kate's own family another cause for celebration after it was reported by British media on Sunday that her sister Pippa, who is married to a wealthy financier, was pregnant with her first child.
Officials announced her previous pregnancies before the traditional 12-week mark because she was too unwell to attend public engagements.
William and Catherine celebrated some other family milestones in the past year.
Prince George was born at the Lindo Wing in 2013, and Princess Charlotte in 2015.
A formal notice of the birth was placed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace on an ornate golden stand, and a celebratory over-sized Union Flag was raised from the roof of the Queen's London home.