Britain gets a new prince

Boy born today to Prince William and Kate

Monday, July 22, 2013 7:13 AM
Last updated 8:09 PM
  • Follow Latest News

LONDON — It’s a boy!

Back | Next
Tony Appleton, a town crier, announces the birth of the royal baby, outside St. Mary's Hospital.  AP
AP
Tony Appleton, a town crier, announces the birth of the royal baby, outside St. Mary's Hospital.

Prince William’s wife, Kate, has given birth to a boy, a child now third in line to the British throne.

The child was born Monday, after many Britons woke up to the news that Kate had gone into labor with the couple’s first child.

The birth announcement, via a press release from Kensington Palace, said the boy was born at 4:24 p.m. weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces.

The royal birth recalled that of the baby’s father, William, in 1982, at the same central London hospital. Many remember the moment when he was carried out in his mother Princess Diana’s arms with proud father Prince Charles at their side.

William and Kate’s son is expected to follow Charles and William to the throne.

No one can tell what political and personal changes the intervening years will bring, but the baby can be expected to become the head of state of 16 countries, including Britain, Australia and Canada, and possibly the head of the Commonwealth, which covers 54 nations.

The child will also eventually become Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

The baby represents a living link to Britain’s imperial history — the infant is the great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, who ruled at the peak of British power.

Many Britons had hoped that William and Kate would start a family shortly after their gala 2011 wedding, which drew a global television audience in the hundreds of millions.

The couple waited, however, until William was nearly finished with his military work as a search and rescue helicopter pilot based at an air base in a remote island off the coast of Wales.

That allowed Kate to ease into royal life, and to become more comfortable in the spotlight, before becoming a parent. It also allowed her to play a supporting role during Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations last summer.

The first months of her pregnancy were not easy, and she was hospitalized in early December with acute morning sickness that left her weak and dehydrated.

She seemed to recover her stamina fairly quickly and made a series of public appearances until the final weeks before giving birth, drawing praise for her poise and good cheer.

The royal couple and their newborn are expected to spend much of their time in the coming years in renovated quarters at Kensington Palace, where William and Harry also spent much of their childhood.

Royal officials say Kate and William will try to give their child as normal an upbringing as possible — which may be challenging in an age when the British royals are treated as major world celebrities.

Comments (6) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
soapy_725
43676
Points
soapy_725 07/22/13 - 07:20 am
1
0
seenitB4
86890
Points
seenitB4 07/22/13 - 08:04 am
4
0
Headlines

I guess this will knock all the other news off the front page..

lifelongresident
1323
Points
lifelongresident 07/22/13 - 10:05 am
0
0
royal baby?!?!!?!?!?
Unpublished

with 20-25% real unemployment, labor participation rate the lowest in 20-25 years, high rates of crime and high school drop outs, 17 trillion in debt....like i really give a rats azz about a "royal baby"....i hope the child is born healthy but other than that it has absolutely nothing to do with this country or the potential solutions to our problems. please find something else to put on the front page this is ridiculous....

Fiat_Lux
15369
Points
Fiat_Lux 07/22/13 - 12:33 pm
6
1
Something pleasant, even happy, for a change

I hope it does, SeenItB4, and for days and days.

itsanotherday1
42903
Points
itsanotherday1 07/22/13 - 12:53 pm
5
7
WHY!!!!!!!!

Why this fascination with royalty? Didn't people leave England, set up colonies, start a revolution, and set up a constitution that guarantees equality? The very concept of royalty should insult every American who embraces equality.

TrulyWorried
14072
Points
TrulyWorried 07/22/13 - 03:58 pm
4
2
A healthy baby (and a Prince)

and Europeans understand this a lot better than those that have not had any connection with Europe. There are good and bad sides to everything and this is a GOOD side. Bless the baby and his mother!!
And I believe that everyone has to agree that some good news is badly needed.

lifelongresident
1323
Points
lifelongresident 07/22/13 - 04:12 pm
0
0
why is there such a big deal
Unpublished

why is there such a big deal about 2 cousins marrying each other...in this country is called "incest" in england its called "preserving the royal blood line" if anyone thinks the monarchy will all a commoner to taint the blood line you are crazy,

itsanotherday1
42903
Points
itsanotherday1 07/22/13 - 05:08 pm
5
0
At least it knocks Trayvon

At least it knocks Trayvon off the TV.

dstewartsr
20389
Points
dstewartsr 07/22/13 - 11:14 pm
2
1
Not really.

"...The very concept of royalty should insult every American who embraces equality."

The monarchy is a CONSTITUTIONAL monarchy-- the Brits still prefer that form of government, and unless you're a liberal-know-better-than-them, that's their choice. I for one have more problem with our elected officials who BEHAVE like crowned monarchs.

I find an institution that has endured since 1066 deserves to be respected, and the stability that this child brings --three generations to serve the nation-- worth celebration.

soapy_725
43676
Points
soapy_725 07/23/13 - 06:54 am
0
0
Brits also embrace 50% unemployment, socialism, bad teeth...
Unpublished

Brits also embrace 50% unemployment, socialism, bad teeth...

Back to Top

Search Augusta jobs