UPDATE @ April 24, 6.00 AM | Celebrations are underway in the UK following the birth of the newest royal baby, a precious little boy.
The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth at St Mary’s Hospital in London at 11am UK time, with the Duke of Cambridge by her side.
“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs,” the Royal Family said in a statement announcing the birth.
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“The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz.
“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.
“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
The smitten family greeted crowds outside the hospital, showing off their newborn son, before returning home to Kensington Palace with their two older children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The baby is fifth in the line of Succession after His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge, His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge and Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
Kensington Palace confirmed the name of the baby will be announced in due course.
Additional reporting by Shanee Dobeson.
EARLIER @ 23 April, 5.30 PM | Excitement is building in the UK with another royal birth imminent.
Kensington Palace has confirmed that the Duchess of Cambridge is in the early stages of labour.
She’s now being cared for in the maternity ward of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
The Palace says she was driven to the hospital in the early hours of the morning with the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.
The royal baby will be the couple’s third child and will become the fifth in line to the throne
William is expected to be there for the birth as he was for the birth of George and Charlotte.