Kate Middleton gives birth to her third child: The royal baby is here!


The royal baby is here!

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has welcomed her third child -- a boy! -- with husband Prince William on Monday morning at 11:01 am local time in London, the palace confirmed. The couple already shares Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2.

"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs," the announcement read. "The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."

"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," the palace added in tweet.

Kate delivered her third child at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London, where she also gave birth to her first two children. The hospital has long been a go-to for royalty, as Princess Diana also delivered sons Prince William and Prince Harry at the luxurious private facility.

William and Kate, who kept the gender of their new baby a secret until today, are expected to debut their third child to the public on the steps of the Lindo Wing later on Monday. It will be Kate's first public appearance since stepping out on April 1 for an Easter Sunday church service alongside William and Queen Elizabeth, which was over a week after she officially started maternity leave on March 22.

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Earlier on Monday morning, Kensington Palace had revealed that Kate had gone into labor and was headed to the hospital.

"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 tweet said. "The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge."

Kate and Will's third child is now fifth in line for the throne behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Kate's pregnancy was officially announced on September 4, 2017, when the palace revealed that she and William were "delighted" to be expecting their third child. As part of the announcement, Kensington Palace revealed that she was "suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum," or severe morning sickness, "as with her previous two pregnancies."

It was also revealed that she would "no longer carry out" her subsequent planned royal engagements in an effort to recover from her illness.

Throughout the end of 2017 and 2018, though, the Duchess of Cambridge made a slew of public appearances once she started feeling better, which allowed fans of the British royal family to pay close attention to her maternity style and ever-growing baby bump, including a high-profile appearance at the BAFTA Awards in February.

The birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William's third child comes just weeks before Prince Harry is set to wed Meghan Markle on May 19 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Will and Kate will presumably be in attendance on Will's only brother's big day.

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