News

Kate Middleton gives birth to a baby boy

Kate Middleton gives birth to a baby boy

Palace officials say Prince William's wife Kate has given birth to a baby boy. Photo: WENN/Cathal McNaughton

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince William’s wife Kate gave birth on Monday to a boy, who becomes third in line to the British throne, ending weeks of feverish speculation about the royal baby.

The couple’s first child was born at 4:24 p.m. (11:24 a.m. E), weighing 8 lbs and 6 oz. His name will be announced at a later date but bookmakers favor George and James.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight,” said a statement from the Royal Household, which sidestepped tradition to announce the birth with a press release.

“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,” it read.

As the birth was announced, a loud cheer went up from the well-wishers and media gathered outside St. Mary’s Hospital in west London.

The couple arrived at the hospital at around dawn on Monday, dodging the pack of world media camped outside the main entrance by using an unmarked car and entering through a side door.

The Royal Household said the medical staff present for the birth were the former queen’s gynecologist Marcus Setchell, obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, and consultant neonatologist Sunit Godambe.

Latest Headlines

in Local

Maine’s August Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly

GENERIC JOBS LARGE

Maine's unemployment rate ticked up slightly in August to 5.6 percent.

in Local

Maine-Built Clipper Found on Ocean Floor

WGAN-100x100

A Maine-built clipper ship that sank while transporting cargo from Boston has been discovered off the coast of California.

in Local

OSHA Investigates Death of Elephant Caretaker

WGAN-100x100

Federal workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a Maine man who was crushed by an elephant in his care this month.

in Local

Republicans Slam Michaud for Independent Video

mike_michaud

Maine Republicans are criticizing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud for an independent video featuring a rap song that makes a lewd reference to Sen. Susan Collins.

in Local

2 Critically Injured in Fire Believed to be Arson

fire

The Maine fire marshal's office says one man is grave condition and other critical after an apartment fire in Biddeford believed to be arson.