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Birth of the Royal Baby

The first child of William and Catherine, duke and duchess of Cambridge, will be third in line to the British throne. Prince William and Catheirne Middleton

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LONDON — He may be the future king of Britain, but for now Prince George of Cambridge is just a little “rascal” according to his proud father Prince William.


Prince William gives first official interview after birth of son to CNN’s Max Foster

Sitting in his garden at Kensington Palace on a warm summer day, the Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the British throne, told CNN that George is already quite a character in his first official interview since the birth in London on July 22.

“He’s a little bit of a rascal, I’ll put it that way,” William told CNN’s Max Foster. “He either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger, I’m not sure, but he’s doing very well at the moment.”

“He’s growing quite quickly actually. But he’s a little fighter — he wriggles around quite a lot and he doesn’t want to go to sleep that much.”

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LONDON (KTLA) — Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, have name their baby George Alexander Louis, Clarence House confirmed on Wednesday.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis,” an update on Clarence House’s official Twitter account said.

A second post added: “The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.”

The child is the third in line to the British throne, currently occupied by the queen, behind her son Prince Charles (the baby’s grandfather) and Prince William.

The world got its first glimpse of Prince George Tuesday evening, when the royal couple emerged from St. Mary’s Hospital to a throng of journalists and cheering onlookers.


Prince William, Catherine and the royal baby emerge from the hospital on Tuesday evening.

They walked down the same steps where the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Charles introduced William to the world 31 years ago.

William and Catherine took turns holding the baby, who was wrapped in a cream-colored blanket.

They were “still working on a name,” William told reporters on the hospital steps.

“We’ll have that as soon as we can — it’s the first time we’ve seen him really, so we’re having a proper chance to catch up,” he said.

William added that the baby has “a good pair of lungs” and is “a big boy.”

He said he has already changed a diaper, and joked that the baby has more hair than him and got his looks from Catherine.

“It’s very emotional. It’s such a special time,” Catherine said.

William dutifully put his son into a car seat inside a waiting SUV, and then got behind the wheel for the trip to their home at Kensington Palace.

On Wednesday morning, Queen Elizabeth II went to Kensington Palace to meet her great-grandson, CNN reported.

Williams’ brother, Prince Harry, visited a little later in the day, according to Kensington Palace.

The royal baby was born at 4:24 p.m. on Monday and weight 8 pounds, 6 ounces, according to an official announcement posted outside Buckingham Palace.

William was by Catherine’s side throughout the delivery, and the baby was born naturally, not via C-section, a Kensington Palace source told CNN.

There were a multitude of tributes to the future king around the capital on Monday, as crows flocked to Buckingham Palace to see the notice.

The fountains of Trafalgar Square were died blue and landmark BT tower was illuminated in blue. The London Eye was also lit up in patriotic red, white and blue.

The celebrations continued on Tuesday, with two multi-gun salutes and a full peal of the bells at Westminster Abbey, where the royal couple was married just over two years ago.

LONDON (KTLA) — The world on Tuesday got its first glimpse of the baby boy born to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William.

The royal couple walked out of St. Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday evening with their son, amid cheers from the throng of onlookers.


Prince William, Catherine and the royal baby emerge from the hospital on Tuesday evening.

The couple and baby departed in a waiting vehicle, shortly after Prince William put his son — snuggled in a car seat — inside.

The royal baby was born at 4:24 p.m. on Monday and weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

Prince William and Catherine spent the night in the private Lindo Wing of the hospital in London, CNN reported.

Catherine’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, visited the hospital on Tuesday afternoon to meet their new grandson.

Carole Middleton told reporters that the baby was “absolutely beautiful” and that mother and baby were doing “really well.”

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrived at the hospital for a brief visit Tuesday evening.

“Mother, son and father are all doing well this morning,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said on Tuesday.

The queen’s gynecologist was at the hospital doing medical assessments of Catherine, the palace said earlier.

William and Catherine issued a statement thanking doctors and hospital staff at St. Mary’s for “tremendous care.”

“We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone — staff, patients and visitors — for their understanding during this time,” they said.

Prince William was by Catherine’s side throughout the delivery, and the baby was born naturally, not via a C-section, a Kensington Palace source told CNN.

The name of the boy, who is third in line to the British throne, has not yet been revealed.

British bookmakers favored James, followed by Henry and George, Philip, Alexander and Richard.

The child’s title will be His Royal Highness Prince (the baby’s name) of Cambridge.

Crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace again on Tuesday, a day after they flocked their to see the official notice of the baby’s birth.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” the bulletin, which was placed on a gilded easel, read.

On Tuesday, guardsmen at the palace played the Cliff Richards song “Congratulations” at the ceremonial Changing of the Guard, a favorite among tourists.

There were two separate multigun salutes on Tuesday afternoon. Forty-one guns were fired in London’s Green Park and 62 were fired at the Tower of London.

At the same time, the bells at Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate were married in 2011, began to peal. They were set to continue for over three hours.

The tributes to new royal heir were all around in the capital on Monday.

The fountains of Trafalgar Square were died blue, and the landmark BT Tower flashed the words “It’s a boy.” The London Eye was also lit up in red, white and blue.

Local newspaper The Sun got in on the excitement, changing its masthead to “The Son.”

“Oh boy! One’s a grandpa!” the headline on the Daily Mail read (“One” being Prince Charles).

Following the birth, members of the royal family expressed their happiness about the new addition.

The official British Monarchy twitter feed said: “The Queen and Prince Philip are delighted at the news of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby.”

“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild,” Prince Charles and wife Camilla said in a statement.

“It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine, and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy,” they said.

Charles Spencer, brother to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, issued a written statement saying, “We’re all so pleased: it’s wonderful news.”

“My father always told us how Diana was born on just such a blisteringly hot day, at Sandringham, in July, 1961,” he said. It’s another very happy summer’s day, half a century on.”

Prime Minister David Cameron also offered his congratulations to William and Catherine on the newborn prince.

“I’m sure that right across the country and indeed right across the commonwealth, people will be celebrating and wishing the royal couple well,” Cameron said.

“It is an important moment in the life of our nation, but I suppose above all, it’s a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who got a brand new baby boy,” he said.

CNN contributed to this report.

LONDON (KTLA) — Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a boy, Royal House announced Monday.

Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight,” the official royal residence wrote in a tweet. The 8-pound, 6-ounce baby “was safely delivered … at 4:24 p.m.” local time.

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Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is the proud mother of a baby boy. (credit: CNN)

The baby’s sex and birth weight were posted on a notice board at Buckingham Palace. The baby’s name was not included in the announcement.

Catherine will remain overnight in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital. No members of the royal and Middleton families were expected to visit on Monday evening, The Times of London reported.

Earlier, the duchess and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, traveled by car from Kensington Palace to St. Mary’s Hospital, his office at Clarence House announced at 7:37 a.m. local time (2:37 a.m. EDT).

Middleton was experiencing normal labor, according to an update from Kensington Palace about 90 minutes later.

Both William and his brother Harry were born at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Catherine’s mother, Carole, was expected to be on hand at the hospital.

Protocol dictates that Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron were the first to know about the birth, along with the Middleton and royal families.

Westminster Abbey began ringing a full peal of the church bells, which was expected to last more than three hours.

Additionally, there will be two simultaneous gun salutes at Green Park and the Tower of London.

Now that the baby is born, the wait begins to find out the name of the child who could one day sit on the British throne.

It could be 10 days before the baby’s name is announced, likely when the family leaves the hospital.

British odds-makers favored the names Alexandra, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Victoria, Grace, James and George, CNN reported.

The child’s title will be His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess (the baby’s name) of Cambridge, St. James’s Palace said this month.

The baby will be third in line for the throne, now occupied by the queen, behind Prince Charles and William.

Thanks to a change passed into law this year, the baby’s place in the order of succession will be the same regardless of whether it is a girl or a boy.

CNN contributed to this report.

Everyone seems to be on the edge of their seats anticipating the arrival of the royal baby. Kate Middleton is officially overdue, and still no baby news!

Royal expert Henry Meller joined us Sunday with insight into the little bundle of joy everyone’s been waiting on.

LONDON — Royal watchers eagerly await the arrival of a child who will be heir to the British throne. Here’s what you need to know and the latest developments:


The media debate Catherine’s likely due date as the wait for the royal baby continues. (Princess Cruises)

• As the wait for the royal baby continues, so does the debate over the Duchess of Cambridge’s actual due date. Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reports Friday, citing “well-placed sources,” that medical staff at St. Mary’s Hospital — where Catherine is expected to give birth — were told the due date was July 19.

• A royal source told CNN that her due date was July 13. She and Prince William announced at the start of the year that the baby was due in July, but did not announce the date.

Why are some babies overdue?

• The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth in the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, next to Paddington Station in London. It’s where William was born, as was his brother Harry. Catherine’s mother, Carole Middleton, is likely to be on hand at the hospital.

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LONDON – Way back in the mists of time, when schoolkids were expected to learn seemingly endless lists of facts off by heart, they chanted a poem to remember the names of England’s kings and queens.

“Willie, Willie, Harry, Ste,” it began. “Harry, Dick, John, Harry three / One, two, three Neds, Richard two / Harrys four, five, six, then who?” It then ended with the most recent monarchs: “Edward seven, George and Ted / George the sixth, now Liz instead.”

Of course, it’s not done that way any more, but if it were, which name would make it into the next verse? We know that “Charles” and “William” will follow “Liz,” but which name will follow theirs?

As the due date for William and Catherine’s eagerly-awaited baby nears, speculation is growing as to what they’ll call the newest addition to the royal family. Will they pick a name that has already featured in that schoolroom poem?

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Patt joined us to talk all things royal baby from guessing the gender, to the most likely names, birth rights, and the upbringing of the child.