The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been known to break a couple of British royal rules. This is understandable considering the fact that they are the modern royals and they might consider some the laws to be a little old-fashioned.
Since the announcement that William and Kate were expecting their third child, millions of people all over the world have been congratulating the couple. But only a few people really understood how this is a deviation from royal tradition.
It turned out that the expectant parents were the first royal couple in the Queen's immediate family to give birth to a third child in 58 years.
The Queen had four children - Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. In 1959, 58 years ago, she announced that she was pregnant with her third, Prince Andrew and later went on to have Prince Edward.
All her children had two kids each. Charles had Prince William and Prince Harry, Anne's kids are Peter Phillips and Zara Tindal, Andrew has two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie while Edward is the father to James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.
After Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed their second child, Charlotte, it was assumed that she and her brother, George have completed the family, thereby toeing the traditional line. However, in September 2017, they announced that, by next Spring, baby number 3 would make his/her debut.
Well, it did not seem like this news bothered the members of the royal family. The official pregnancy announcement stated that "the Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news."
Read the press release in full ↓ pic.twitter.com/vDTgGD2aGF
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 4, 2017
And finally, it's official. Prince George and Prince Charlotte now have a little brother.
On Monday, April 23, the Kensington Palace announced, on their social media page, that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy at about 11:01 am. It was revealed that the newborn prince weighed 8lbs 7oz and that the Duke was there to witness the birth.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 23 апреля 2018 г.
The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz.
The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.
Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.
Earlier in the day, the Palace tweeted pictures of press and fans alike as they waited outside Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital for an update on the Duchess after it was revealed that she had gone into labor.
The world’s media are gathered outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital ahead of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child. pic.twitter.com/FLr1lL2AyT— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 23 апреля 2018 г.
At about 12 noon, we learned the good news that the little one had arrived. It was also revealed that Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Camilla were "delighted" upon hearing the great news.
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 23 апреля 2018 г.
A few hours later, big bro Prince George and big sis Princess Charlotte arrived to visit the newborn. Their dad left the hospital to pick them up from school and take them back to see their mother and sibling.
It was also announced that Kate Middleton would be leaving the hospital on Monday evening. Fans continued to wait and were rewarded with a first glimpse of the infant.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at St Mary’s to meet their little brother. pic.twitter.com/rfX9rsdJhU— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 23 апреля 2018 г.
The royal baby and his parents stepped outside the Lindo Wing later on. The baby was wrapped in a white shawl and was carried by his mother.
Welcome to the family. pic.twitter.com/nKSd5kh5bZ— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 23 апреля 2018 г.
The couple presented the cutie to the enthusiastic crowds of well-wishers.
7 hours after giving birth, we're amazed to see how stunning Kate looked. She wore a loose-fitting red dress with a white collar. She had a happy smile on her face as she and her husband waved to the world.
Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have received. They would also like to thank everyone for their warm wishes.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 23 апреля 2018 г.
Prince William thanked the hospital staff and everyone who has extended their warm wishes.
It remains to be seen if Prince William, like his grandmother, will continue on to have a fourth child. Meanwhile, we are all quite excited to meet the newest addition to the royal family.
Congratulations to the Duke of Cambridge and his family.