Finally! Demonstrating impeccable timing the royal baby chose the hottest day of the year in Britain to be born and the world awaited the announcement with baited breath, while the media that had been gathered outside the hospital for weeks finally sprung into action. The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital shortly before 6am and was accompanied by her husband, Prince William. Apparently they didn’t know the gender of their baby beforehand and were planning on a natural birth. The 3rd in line to the throne, a boy weighing 8lbs 6oz was finally born at 4.24pm on July 22nd and just over four hours later the announcement of his birth was made and placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, where thousands of well-wishers had already gathered.
To see the real deal, however, the world had to wait until the following evening when finally the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the hospital at around 9:15pm on July 23rd and presented their as-yet-unnamed baby boy to the media and countless onlookers. Dressed in a spotted Jenny Packham number, very reminiscent of Diana’s outfit from 31 years ago when she took baby William home, Kate carried her son out and then carefully handed him to her husband before the couple answered a few questions. They revealed that the first nappy change had already taken place and that it had been William who did the honours, that Baby Cambridge was quite a big boy with a good pair of lungs on him and that they were still working on a name. Asked about the baby’s looks, Prince William joked that he had Kate’s looks (to which she replied laughing “No, no, I’m not sure about that!”) and a lot more hair than himself, “thank God”. The couple then went back inside for a few minutes to put the baby in a car seat, which William very competently secured in the car that he then drove himself in the direction of Kensington Palace. After the new family had left the crash barriers were opened and lots of hospital staff were seen celebrating and hugging each other, obviously thrilled to have been part of “Operation Royal Baby”.
With the birth over now comes the task of raising that little boy who will one day be King. Good luck with that, Kate & William!
UPDATE: …and the name is… George Alexander Louis! Personally, I would have preferred James, I think George sounds as if he’s 60 already. But to each their own, I suppose. 🙂