Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a boy at 4.24pm BST Monday. He weighed in at 8lb 6ozs. William remained with his wife throughout her labor. Both mother and son are doing well.
British television news in the UK went into royal overdrive Monday as the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, went into labor. It was a case of wait and see as a media frenzy unraveled. Crowds of journalists gathered outside of the hospital where the Duchess was taken early Monday.
At Buckingham Palace, the traditional changing of the guard ceremony Monday was awash with tourists. An easel was erected at the front of the palace ready for the official announcement following the birth. A scroll of parchment will carry the news that the new royal baby has arrived.
The queen had already voiced her hopes that the pregnancy would come to its natural end soon, preferably before she goes off on her holidays. The good news early Monday was that the labor was progressing normally and Kate doing fine.
The Duchesses due date was never officially confirmed but it was widely expected to be the middle of July which has led to speculation that she is one week overdue. The royal couple spent the weekend at Kensington Palace where Kate reportedly went into labor naturally.
She was driven by car to the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital Paddington, West London, accompanied by husband William. He is the first royal husband to stay at his wife's side throughout the hours of pushing which accompany labor. Monday as been the hottest day of the year so far in the UK, which means that the royal couple were probably glad that she is in an air-conditioned wing of the hospital.
The couple arrived at the hospital around 06.00 am BST Monday and as we all know first pregnancy labor is often a long affair. Live streams are on air online for those royal watchers fascinated by the British royal family, or maybe just in love with this young couple, who remain in the eyes of many simply Wills and Kate.
Pundits predicted that the baby would be female but they were wrong. Bets were being placed as to her name with Margaret, Alexandra, Frances and Victoria being front-runners. However could there be a nod to Prince William's mother who was called Diana Frances. A boy could of course be called Francis.
MSN News had a range of interactive news relating to the royal birth including print your own royal baby.
SkyNews reported early Monday: Annabel Bryan, who is a midwife, said "It is very difficult to tell at what stage she went in, and whether the labour is established or not yet. I would imagine that just to make sure she didn't give birth on the way, or at home, that she would have maybe gone to hospital a little earlier than in most normal cases.
Officials at Kensington Palace made the initial announcement that the duchess was in hospital, once again claiming that the couple did not know the sex of their unborn baby. Most pundits predicted it would be a girl due to verbal slip ups by Kate Middleton and the change in succession laws in the UK which will give equal rights to the throne for males and females. In the end it was a red-herring and Kate and William are now the proud parents of a boy.
Whatever the sex of this baby, as the BBC pointed out, it would be third in line to the throne. Commonwealth countries however, such as Canada, have yet to agree to constitutional changes which will allow equal female rights of succession to the throne. In theory this could have meant a female queen on the throne in the UK but commonwealth countries hailing a younger brother as their king. Good job she had a boy then!