The royal record Prince Louis broke the day he was born

At 11:01 a.m. on April 23, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge was born, and so, as it happens in all families, but perhaps most notably in the British royal family, the rankings began. At the moment of his birth, Louis was:

  • Third child (and second son) of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
  • Sixth great-grandchild of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Fifth in line to the throne.

But it soon became apparent there was one category in which Prince Louis, did, in fact, hold the number one ranking, and that was birth weight. At birth, little Prince Louis weighed in at a robust 8 pounds 7 ounces. That’s more than either of his siblings weighed when they were born (Prince George weighed in at 8 pounds 6 ounces and Princess Charlotte weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces at birth) making him the number one heaviest Cambridge baby.

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born son, their third child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a son at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. (Photo by John Stillwell/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs the Lindo Wing with her newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds her newly-born son as he's presented to the press outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born son, their third child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018. Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP 
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born son, their third child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) 
The newborn son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as they depart the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The newborn son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as they depart the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born son, their third child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) 
The Duchess of Cambridge with her newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. (Photo by John Stillwell/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born son, their third child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018. (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP)
The Duchess of Cambridge and her newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born son, their third child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) show their newly-born son, their third child, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a son at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/ WireImage)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a son at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/ WireImage)
Britain's Prince William arrives at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte after his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son, in London, April 23, 2018. (REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Steve Back/Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (L) turns to wave at the media as she is led in with her brother Prince George of Cambridge (R) by their father Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, to visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their new-born brother, the Duke and Duchess's third child. - Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT),' the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte arrive with Prince George at the Lindo Wing after the birth of his third child on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy at 11:01 BST, weighing 8lb 7oz. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at the Lindo Wing after the birth of his third child on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy at 11:01 BST, weighing 8lb 7oz. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (L) turns to wave at the media as she is led in with her brother Prince George of Cambridge (R) by their father Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, to visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their new-born brother, the Duke and Duchess's third child. - Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT),' the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, gives a wave as he leaves the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, after his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son, their third child. - Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT),' the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, gives a wave as he leaves the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, after his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son, their third child. - Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT),' the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, gives a wave as he leaves the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, after his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son, their third child. - Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT),' the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, gives a wave as he leaves the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, after his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son, their third child. - Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT),' the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, gives a wave as he leaves the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, after his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son, their third child. - Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT),' the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Tourists and photographers take pictures of a notice placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a son at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: A notice is placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a son at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
A Royal bulletin, announcing that Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby boy, stands on an easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London on April 23, 2018. - Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT),' the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). (Photo by Stefan Rousseau / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
Palace staff position a Royal bulletin, announcing that Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby boy, on an easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London on April 23, 2018. - Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT),' the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). (Photo by Daniel SORABJI / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Royal bulletin, announcing that Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby boy, stands on an easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London on April 23, 2018. - Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT),' the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). (Photo by Stefan Rousseau / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
Camera crews prepare outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London where Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy on April 23, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Royal fans celebrate the news that Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018. (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
A town crier announces the news of the birth of a baby boy by Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
A town crier outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, after the news that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a son. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: A town crier announces that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child was born this morning at 11:01, weighing 8lbs 7oz. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: A town crier announces the birth of the new prince on the steps of the Lindo Wing on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
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And that’s not all. Not only does Louis rank as the number one heaviest Cambridge baby, but he also ranks as the number one heaviest newborn heir to the throne in at least 100 years. And Louis is holding onto that record at the moment. There are, however, two caveats:

First, Prince Louis is not the heaviest baby ever born to the royal family. That distinction had been earned in 2010 by Savannah Phillips, the eldest daughter of Peter Phillips, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s grandsons; baby Savannah weighed 8 pounds 8 ounces when she was born. Savannah then lost her ranking in June 2018, when Zara Tindall, granddaughter of the Queen, gave birth to Lena Tindall, who weighed a whopping 9 pounds 3 ounces. See the cutest royal baby photos from throughout history.

Second, many are predicting that Prince Louis’s record will fall upon the birth of the baby expected by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle. This prediction is based apparently on the size of the Duchess of Sussex’s bump, who is following these royal pregnancy rules. However, that may or may not actually be an accurate measure of the size of the baby Meghan is carrying, according to Kyrin Dunston, MD FCOG, host of the podcast Her Brilliant Health Radio. Dr. Dunston tells Reader’s Digest that the apparent size of a woman’s pregnancy bump is affected by such factors as her bone structure and the shape and size of her pelvis and rib cage. We do know one thing for certain, though—Baby Sussex will definitely change the royal line of succession.

The post The Royal Record Prince Louis Broke the Day He Was Born appeared first on Reader's Digest.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share four new photographs of Prince George to mark his third birthday. They were taken by photographer Matt Porteous at their home in Norfolk in mid-July. A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: "The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs. They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday."

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The Duke and Duchess are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness's fourth birthday tomorrow 🎈The photograph was taken at Kensington Palace at the end of June by Chris Jackson. The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this lovely picture as they celebrate Prince George's fourth birthday, and would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Prince George to mark his fifth birthday – thank you everyone for your lovely messages 🎈 📷 @mattporteous

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The image features on Their Royal Highnesses' Christmas card this year. The photograph shows The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their two children at Kensington Palace. It was taken earlier this year by @chrisjacksongetty Their Royal Highnesses have also announced this morning that Princess Charlotte will attend the Willcocks Nursery School in London from January 2018. The Willcocks Nursery School has said: "We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte. We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share new photographs of Princess Charlotte. 📷 copyright of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share a new photograph of Princess Charlotte to mark her second birthday tomorrow. 🎈 The photograph was taken in April by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk. The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this photograph as they celebrate Princess Charlotte's second birthday. Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank everyone for all of the lovely messages they have received, and hope that everyone enjoys this photograph of Princess Charlotte as much as they do.

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‪The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, taken by The Duchess at Kensington Palace.‬ This image was taken on 2nd May, on Princess Charlotte’s third Birthday.‬ ‪The Duke and Duchess would like to thank members of the public for their kind messages following the birth of Prince Louis, and for Princess Charlotte’s third birthday.‬

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Wishing a happy third birthday to Princess Charlotte – thank you all for your lovely messages!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning. The images were taken by The Duchess shortly before Princess Charlotte left for her first day of nursery at the Willcocks Nursery School.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released an additional photograph taken following the christening of Prince Louis. The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do. 📷 @mattporteous
‪The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, taken by The Duchess at Kensington Palace.‬ ‪This image of Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace on 26th April.‬ ‪The Duke and Duchess would like to thank members of the public for their kind messages following the birth of Prince Louis, and for Princess Charlotte’s third birthday.‬
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall. This photograph features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.
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