Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has given birth to a new baby boy at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital today. He is healthy and weighs 8lbs, 7oz! The new royal baby is the fifth in line to the throne, making Uncle Harry now the sixth in the line of succession. He is the sixth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh and has been bestowed the title HRH Prince of Cambridge. As the world anticipates for more news, we thought we’d fill you in on details of how England (and the Cambridge’s) prepared for the royal birth.
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The Baby’s Sex Was a Be Surprise to the Couple
Just as big brother Prince George and Princess Charlotte were, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Kate and William left room for a little surprise by requesting not to know the sex of the upcoming baby. But we can now report, that Kate, who gave birth less then an hour ago, welcomed a new baby boy into the family. According to Vanity Fair, the couple will not be employing anymore nannies to add to their household staff. Kate has announced that she will continue to be a hands-on mama, with the help of their one nanny, Maria Borallo.
The Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London was closed down
The private Lindo Wing at the St. Mary’s Hospital was shut down for weeks in preparation for the arrival of the Duchess. Last April 9, crowd barriers and no-parking signs were put up around the vicinity of the hospital. Today, fans of the royal family and journalists from around the world await for the announcement outside the London-based hospital. The Lindo Wing offered Kate premium maternity care with five-star hotel-like amenities and services. A standard room is estimated to cost £5,900 a night and included specially prepared meals and afternoon tea sessions.
A Full Force Team of 23 Doctors, Midwives and Experts Were on Standby
The family’s in-house surgeon and gynecologist Guy Thorpe-Beeston delivered Kate’s baby with the help of the Queen’s surgeon-gynecologist Alan Farthing. They are the same team who previously delivered George and Charlotte. In addition, a team of 23 midwives and other experts were on standby outside to cater to any and all emergencies.
The Queen Knew First
Elizabeth II, the long-running British monarch, was the very first to know about the birth of the royal baby. Vanity Fair reported that Prince William and the Queen had a private, encrypted telephone line so that he could call her as soon as her sixth grandchild has come into the world. After the Queen was in the know, Town Crier Tom Appleton announced the new birth outside the hospital. This was then followed by the customary gun salute at Hyde Park by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
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