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It's a boy! The royal baby has been born!

Post by WeAreTheWorld. on Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:39 pm

Royal baby born: It's a boy

By Henry Chu
July 22, 2013

LONDON – A royal baby boy was born Monday to Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, after weeks of anticipation and excitement among fans of the royal family over the arrival of a new heir to the British throne.

The child was born at 4:24 p.m. London time, about 10½ hours after Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, entered St. Mary’s Hospital in central London in the early stages of labor. Palace officials said the infant weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

Barring tragedy – or revolution – he is destined one day to reign over Britain and the 15 other nations, including Australia and Canada, that recognize the British monarch as head of state. The child takes his place in the line of succession behind the heir apparent and his grandfather, Prince Charles, and father, William.

In a historic change, the baby was guaranteed to be third in line regardless of gender. A new rule being ratified by the 16 “realms” removes the automatic right of male offspring to leapfrog over older sisters on to the throne, a formula that held for centuries.

The infant -- no name has been announced -- elbows aside William’s younger brother, Prince Harry, who has now been demoted to fourth in line.

The newborn is Queen Elizabeth II’s third great-grandchild. The queen, who celebrated 60 years on the throne last year, is Britain’s longest-serving monarch after Victoria, who died in 1901.

Following tradition, the public announcement of the House of Windsor’s newest arrival was withheld until the queen and senior members of the royal family were notified. It was then posted on paper on an easel at Buckingham Palace and on social media networks worldwide.

The child’s name could take much longer to be unveiled. The world didn’t learn of William’s name until a week after his birth in 1982. Britain’s bookmakers have been taking bets for months as to the new royal moniker, the most popular choices for a boy being George and James. A very outside shot was given to the name Hashtag.

The birth gives another PR boost to a royal household already enjoying a surge in popularity, fueled in great part by the very modern romance between William and Kate, who were college sweethearts. A few public missteps and naked Harry photos notwithstanding, the dark days that descended on the monarchy after the shocking death of the baby’s grandmother, Princess Diana, in a 1997 car crash are mostly a distant memory.

Retailers are rubbing their hands over estimates that the royal birth could add more than $350 million to Britain’s sluggish economy through sales of memorabilia such as the mugs bearing the slogan "Born to Rule." That could help compensate for lost productivity from the national holidays declared for the queen’s jubilee last year and William and Kate’s wedding in 2011.

Many Britons were expected to raise a glass in honor of the birth, or perhaps just to beat the unusual heat wave gripping the country. The mercury hit the high 80s in London on Monday, baking the hordes of reporters and photographers camping out in front of St. Mary’s Hospital, near Paddington Station.

The duchess was booked into the private hospital’s exclusive Lindo Wing, where delivery of a baby costs more than $7,500. Cameras have been trained on the entrance for weeks in hopes of catching a glimpse of the pregnant duchess being whisked inside. The royal couple avoided the media circus by reportedly entering through a side gate about 6 a.m. Monday.

But now the wait is for the couple to appear on the hospital steps holding their newborn, echoing the moment when William was first presented for public inspection outside the same hospital by Charles and Diana.

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Re: It's a boy! The royal baby has been born!

Post by midangerous on Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:27 pm

Oh wow!Smile 
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Post by jw224 on Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:40 pm

I don't really care about the royal family but it's good to see that the baby was born healthy.

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Post by ijustcan'tstoplovinguMJ on Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:59 pm

i really hope the name for him is released soon!!!
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Post by WeAreTheWorld. on Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:19 pm

Personally I hope they name him Frances after princess Diana's middle name.
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Post by midangerous on Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:42 am

Hey Frances happens to be my middle name.
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Post by May Michael Jackson on Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:51 pm

Congrats to William and Kate! Michael loved Princess Diana, so he would be happy with the news!!!Smile Smile Smile 
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Post by midangerous on Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:16 pm

Prince William and Kate debut royal baby boy

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged from a London hospital on Tuesday with their newborn baby boy, presenting the world with a first glimpse of the prince who is third in line to the British throne.

A smiling Kate, wearing a baby blue Jenny Packham polka dot dress, carried the future monarch outside St. Mary's Hospital in central London so that he could be photographed by the dozens of international press members waiting outside.

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William and Kate, both 31, stood with their first child in front of the hospital's Lindo Wing, just as William's parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, did with him in 1982 and brother Prince Harry in 1984.

Kate, who said she felt "very emotional," passed the baby to her husband, who appeared relaxed and joked with reporters.

"He's got her looks, thankfully," William said. "He's got a good pair of lungs on him, that's for sure."

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William added: "He's a big boy, he's quite heavy," and laughed when a reporter asked him about the baby's hair.

"He's got way more than me, thank God," he said.

"It's such a special time," Kate said. "Any parent will know what this feels like."

William also said he and Kate are "still working on a name" for the baby boy.

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The couple re-entered the hospital to place the child in a car seat before re-emerging to get into an SUV. William drove the couple away -- palace officials said they will head to an apartment in Kensington Palace from the hospital.

Earlier Tuesday, William, Kate and the baby received two sets of visitors -- first was Kate's parents, Mike and Carole Middleton, followed later by Charles and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Charles called the baby "marvelous," while a beaming Carole Middleton described the infant as "absolutely beautiful."

The baby boy was born Monday at 4:24 p.m., weighing in at 8 lbs., 6 oz.

The news was greeted with shrieks of joy and excited applause by hundreds of Britons and tourists gathered outside the hospital and Buckingham Palace.

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Revelers staged impromptu parties at both locations, and large crowds crushed against the palace gates to try to catch a glimpse -- and a photograph -- of the golden easel placed there to formally announce the birth. Hundreds were still lining up outside the palace gates Tuesday to get near the ornate easel.

In London, gun salutes were fired, celebratory lights came on, and bells chimed at Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate wed in a lavish ceremony that drew millions of television viewers worldwide.

On Tuesday morning, William and Kate issued a statement thanking the hospital.

"We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received," the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said. "We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone -- staff, patients and visitors -- for their understanding during this time."

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William and Kate named their baby boy prince...

Post by Admin on Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:15 pm

William and Kate named their baby boy prince George Alexander Louis - who will be known as Prince George of Cambridge.'

Personal note: My own sons are named George - my 1st born and Alexander - his younger brother! lol

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Re: It's a boy! The royal baby has been born!

Post by WeAreTheWorld. on Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:18 pm

Admin I was going to tell you earlier this morning about that lol. When I saw the name I was all wow and thought about your George and Alex lol.
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Post by ijustcan'tstoplovinguMJ on Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:26 pm

cool! what a beautiful name! awesome admin!
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