Update, Friday, April 27, 2018: The royal baby has been named Louis Arthur Charles.
In England, town crier Tony Appleton had joyous business to attend to on Monday morning: the announcement of the latest royal birth.
Appleton read loudly from his unfurled scroll to share the news far and wide: The Duchess of Cambridge on Monday gave birth to a boy, her third child with husband Prince William.
Predicted names include Arthur, Albert, Frederick, James and Philip, according to The Telegraph.
Kensington Palace announced that Duchess Kate was admitted to the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in central London on Monday morning. She gave birth at 11:01 a.m. local time.
The baby will be fifth in line to the throne, and the Queen’s sixth great-grandchild. Weighing in at 8 pounds 11 ounces, he will carry the title HRH Prince of Cambridge.
Midwives had been expected to be on hand to assist the trusted team that delivered Prince George and Princess Charlotte –– obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, surgeon-gynecologist to the household, and consultant gynecologist Alan Farthing, reported The Telegraph.
For her two previous deliveries, Kate had a 23-strong team of top medics either working or on standby.
The Royal Baby is the first ever prince to be behind a princess in the line of succession. Baby Cambridge number 3 will be #TheQueen & Prince Philip’s 6th great grandchild. The Royal baby is fifth-in-line to the throne. #royalbaby pic.twitter.com/er77WQc4cF
— ♔ Royal_Reporter (@Royal__Reporter) April 23, 2018
The team met once a month to discuss Kate’s pregnancy –– and reportedly had to make some lifestyle changes for the roles they played, too.
“Not only were they on call for three months before the birth, but they also had to be really careful during this time. So no boozy merriment,” reported Britain’s Mirror.
The happy news has been announced on the official Kensington Palace Twitter account, to be followed by a bulletin notice declaring the birth, set up on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs.
The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz.
The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.
Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018
The duchess is expected to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19, but in the meantime, she’ll be busy caring for her growing brood –– and no doubt enjoying the good wishes of her fellow Brits and others around the globe.
“I wish her well,” said a Boston-area mom of four, Mary Anne Donaghey, who plans to visit London this summer. “She will have a lot more help than most moms do, but exhaustion after a baby delivery has got to be universal!”
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) April 23, 2018
Deirdre Reilly is a senior editor at LifeZette.