The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced the arrival of the royal baby

And it’s a boy!!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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And it’s a boy!!

It has been officially announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have welcomed a baby boy.

Kensington Palace broke the news today in a statement via its social media platforms.

‘Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs,' read a statement from Kensington Palace. '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 Duchess of Cambridge went into labour at 6am this morning, admitted to St. Mary's Hospital, accompanied by her husband, Prince William, and tended to by a royal birthing team of 23.

Yes, 23 - that’s three midwives, two obstetricians, three anaesthesiologists, four surgical staff members, two special care staffers, four paediatricians, one lab technician for blood tests, and three or four managers.

The royal baby was born in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital, like its siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte - a nod to Princess Diana who bucked royal protocol to have both Prince William and Prince Harry in that very hospital wing rather than Kensington Palace.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced that they were expecting the future royal back in September, taking to social media to announce the exciting news.

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‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child’ read a statement from Kensington Palace.

As with the Duchess of Cambridge’s first two pregnancies, the 36-year-old suffered from Hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute form of morning sickness - taking some time off her royal duties in her first trimester.

Congratulations are definitely in order.

Jenny Proudfoot
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