The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a son at the Lindo Wing, London. Born at 11.01am and weighing 8lbs 7oz, the young prince, who is yet to be named, is fifth in line to the throne.
At around 4.45pm Prince George and Princess Charlotte accompanied their father to meet their youngest sibling. Princess Charlotte's little wave to the crowds melted hearts as she climbed the steps to the hospital.
At 6pm, the Duchess emerged with babe in arms, his little fingers stretching beneath his white blanket, and she and the Duke of Cambridge stood together on the steps to wave at well-wishers.
The latest addition to the royal family arrives with just over three weeks to go to the royal wedding. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are due to tie the knot in Windsor in only 26 days’ time on Saturday 19th May.
The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to be attending but, with her baby son only a few weeks’ old, she is not likely to stay for the entire celebration which will stretch into the evening and probably the early hours.
Her attendance is likely to depend on how she is feeling and how the baby is feeding. At around a month old, the baby prince will be able to coo, gurgle and hum to express his feelings, his hearing will have developed fully and he will be able to focus a little better; although he'll still only be able to see to around 30cm in distance - perfect for watching his big brother and sister when they're close by and giving early smiles to the lucky few! He may be able to hold his head up briefly but his neck muscles will still be weak.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are tipped to be page boy and bridesmaid at the ceremony in St George’s Chapel. When the royal youngsters carried out the same duties for their aunt Pippa Middleton, Kate was on hand to guide them and keep them in line. It is likely if Kate does attend, the baby will stay with the Cambridges’ nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.
The Duke of Cambridge is expected to be carrying out the role of Harry’s best man, and some 800 guests will gather in St George’s Chapel to witness Harry wed American former actress Ms Markle, to whom he got engaged after a 16-month whirlwind romance after meeting on a blind date.
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