Royal baby: Kate Middleton leaves hospital following birth of newborn son

Kate looked glowing in a red Jenny Packham dress [Photo: Getty]
Kate looked glowing in a red Jenny Packham dress [Photo: Getty]

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby today and has since arrived back at Kensington Palace with her newborn.

The happy couple made an appearance with their third child on the steps of the Lindon Wing at 5.51pm.

The Duchess wore a red Jenny Packham shift dress for the occasion.

The Palace tweeted out the news, stating that the child was delivered safely at 1101hrs, weighing 8lbs 7oz.

The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

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.

There’s no word yet on the baby’s name.

In the morning, the world woke to the news that the Duchess had gone into labour and been admitted to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.

A tweet from the the Palace’s official Twitter account stated: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour.

“The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.”

It’s understood that the Duchess was admitted to hospital just before 6am.

What will the royal baby’s title be?

The royal baby’s title will be HRH Prince of Cambridge and will celebrate his or her birthday on St George’s Day.

The baby prince will be born fifth in line to the throne, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s sixth great-grandchild and a younger brother for Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two.

Do the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge know their baby’s sex?

William and Kate chose not to find out whether they were having a girl or a boy at their scan. They opted to do the same with both of their two other children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

What will the royal baby be called?

It’s thought that the royal baby might be Philip. Other favourite monikers Arthur, Albert, Frederick and James.

How long did the Duchess of Cambridge’s labour last?

The Duchess was said to be in labour for just over five hours.

When Prince George was born in July 2013, the Duchess gave birth 10-and-a-half hours after being admitted to hospital.

However, Princess Charlotte was born in May 2015 just two hours and 34 minutes after Kate arrived at the Lindo Wing.

The Duchess’ third labour could be even faster than her previous two. While it varies from woman to woman, some mums report quicker labours with each baby.

Clare Livingstone, professional policy adviser at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “It will vary from one woman to another. Some women report a quicker labour with their third baby but not everyone.

“It seems to be though that they do go more quickly. It’s a very individual thing.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are already parents to four-year-old Prince George and two-year-old Princess Charlotte [Photo: PA}
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are already parents to four-year-old Prince George and two-year-old Princess Charlotte [Photo: PA}

When did the Duchess of Cambridge go on maternity leave?

The Duchess went on maternity leave on March 22, but was seen at church with the royals on Easter Sunday in Windsor on April 1.

Who else was born on April 23?

If born today, the royal baby will share his or her big day with the likes of William Shakespeare, J.M.W Turner, Shirley Temple, wrestler John Cena, actor Dev Patel and model Gigi Hadid.

The royal baby news comes after the Royal Family celebrated the Queen’s 92nd birthday at the weekend, with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Also this weekend, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Middleton, was revealed to be expecting her first child. Pippa married her husband James Matthews in May 2017.

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