Update 3: William and Kate have emerged from the Lindo Wing with the new prince. The couple are returning home to Kensington Palace, forgoing an overnight stay in the hospital as they did for Charlotte’s birth in 2015.
Kate opted to wear a new dress by Jenny Packham, the same designer she wore to leave hospital with her first two children. This time, of course, she chose red.
Royal reporter Rebecca English captured video of the couple on the steps for the iconic “royal baby” moment.
Meanwhile, photographers captured a pretty good glimpse of the infant.
Tomorrow, hopefully, we’ll hear word of what they’ve decided to name their third child. As noted below, I’m hoping for Philip, but Arthur, James and Albert are also favorites from royal watchers.
Update 2: Escorted by their father, George and Charlotte arrived at the Lindo Wing just a little while ago to meet their new baby brother. George, still wearing his school uniform, attended school today, while Charlotte reportedly was at home.
Though the children were taken in the front doors upon arrival, they exited through the back and have already returned to Kensington Palace.
Notably, this is the first time we’ve seen the children “live” since they were spotted in the backseat of the car arriving for the Queen’s Christmas luncheon in December. We have subsequently seen photos of Charlotte taken in January when she began nursery school.
It’s being reported that Kate will return to KP before the evening, thus we should get the traditional departure shots with the new baby shortly. I’ll update accordingly 🙂
Update – 1: The Duchess of Cambridge successfully delivered a son at 11 am GMT and both mother and baby are well. The Duke was present for the birth and the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and other members of the couple’s close family have been told.
We’re still waiting to see if George and Charlotte will make an appearance this afternoon, but given the time it’s likely that William and Kate will check out before the end of the day and return to Kensington Palace with the baby.
A name will likely be announced tomorrow. My fingers are crossed for Philip, personally.
The birth of a prince is actually a bit historic. Thanks to the amended laws that were implemented by the birth of Charlotte three years ago, she will not be trumped by a little brother in the line of succession.
A sweet note from the University of St Andrews:
Original Post: The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to the hospital before 6 am GMT this morning. Media are all lined up outside the Lindo Wing in London and now we’re all just waiting for the follow up tweet that lets us know everyone is healthy and whether there is a new prince or princess.
Kate was in labor with George for a little over 10 hours and with Charlotte in under three. Assuming the third time around more closely mirrors Charlotte, it’s entirely likely that William and Kate will leave hospital later today and skip an overnight stay. Kate’s stylist was photographed leaving Lindo Wing earlier this morning, no doubt leaving behind whatever ensemble Kate intends to wear when she leaves.
Hat tip to reporter Emily Andrews for successfully calling today as the due date – who knew it would end up being the day as well! (Seriously, when does that ever happen??)
Usually there is a delay of a couple hours between Kate giving birth and the announcement of the baby’s arrival, but I would assume we’re due that second tweet pretty soon. It’s unclear whether George and Charlotte will make an appearance this afternoon to see their new sibling in light of school hours, but I certainly hope so!
I’ll update this post as the day unfolds, but in the meantime, it was reported over the weekend that Kate’s younger sister, Pippa, is expecting her first child, due this October, and has successfully passed through her first trimester. Happy news all around!