It's a boy! Britain has a new prince. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have welcomed their third child into the world, and the rest of the world is obsessed with this (as yet nameless, at least officially) adorable little royal.
Born April 23 and weighing in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces, the little Prince was not born at home, as some royal watchers had suggested, but in the Lindo wing at St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington. Older siblings Prince George, now 4, and Princess Charlotte, age 2, also took their first breaths in the Lindo Wing.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. T… https://t.co/U7jDjZAFVs— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) 1524485000.0
News of the newest royal's arrival was met with cheers from royal devotees who had gathered outside St Mary's. Dad Prince William was reportedly by his wife's side for the birth (as he also was to welcome the couple's first two children), and mom Kate Middleton (or Catherine Duchess of Cambridge if you're fancy) and the newest royal are both said to be doing well.
As is tradition, we are still waiting to hear what the little Prince will be called. When Prince George and Princess Charlotte were born their names were not made public for a couple of days. And back when Prince William was born in 1982 it took a full week!
We don't yet know the baby's name, but we can bet that whatever it is, it's gonna move on up the baby name charts in the coming years—at least in the Commonwealth. In the year after Prince George was born the name George became quite popular among British parents and was the seventh most popular boy name in the country. In Canada, too, the name surged, but it failed to trend in America.
(It's too bad the name George was already taken by the new prince's big brother, because in England April 23 is celebrated as St. George's Day, to recognize England's patron saint. A George born on St. George's Day would have been a good fit! )
Princess Charlotte's name was a different story stateside, with parents picking that one a lot after her birth in 2015 (the name Charlotte was already in the top 10 for American girl names the year before the Princess was born, her birth just nudged it even higher). Charlotte was the seventh most popular girl name in America the year after the Princess was born, and even more popular in the UK, according to The Telegraph.
We'll have to wait to know if the third royal baby will get a trendsetting name, but we do know that this tiny child is now fifth in line for the throne, behind Prince Charles, his dad William, brother George and big sis Charlotte. George's birth booted Prince Harry out of that lineup, but Prince Harry and his American fiance Meghan Markle may be planning a lineup of their own.
The couple is getting married on May 19, and have both publicly hinted at future family plans. Seems like royal baby number four may not be too far behind today's little arrival!
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