Kate Middleton has just birthed a third royal baby with husband Prince William, an eight-and-a-half-pound boy who doesn’t yet know that he’s one of the most powerful people on earth.
The birth was officially announced — as royal births apparently are — by placing a birth notice on a golden ceremonial easel outside Buckingham Palace. Also, on Twitter.
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
As per usual, Duchess Kate looked perfectly composed as she appeared for photos with the newborn, despite having just undergone one of the most arduous experiences the human body is capable of. She and William descended from the hospital entrance to cheers and applause like it was a palatial staircase and they were the guests of honour at a party.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave St Mary's Hospital with their new arrival, a baby boy.
Their Royal Highnesses have thanked all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have received, and thanked members of the public for their warm wishes. pic.twitter.com/6tSLv9JX8q
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 23, 2018
The birth of the baby gives British-royalty enthusiasts a chance to get excited about something other than the daily deluge of details about the upcoming royal wedding (this in today: the audio from the ceremony will be released on vinyl!), and it also offers an opportunity to mull over the oddness of the whole royal family’s line of succession. Fun fact: this baby — who as of yet has no name and is barely capable of opening his eyes — is ahead of normal-adult-human Prince Harry in the line to become King of England.
Line of Succession
Po of the Teletubbies
A cup of tea
— St Peter (@stpeteyontweety) April 23, 2018
Yes, if you have ever rooted for a King Harry, this adorable newborn is just another obstacle in your way. See, when a person who is in line for the throne has children, those children get to line up right behind their parents, butting ahead of everyone else. Currently, Prince Charles is first in line for the throne after the queen, and after him comes Prince William, then William’s children: four-year-old George, two-year-old Charlotte, and now this brand-new little prince. And after them, Harry.
In the past, males came before females in the line of succession, but that law was thankfully turfed in 2015 (which is really not very long ago at all).
All this to say, Congratulations, William and Kate, and to the whole royal family. And, Harry, well, we’re looking forward to the vinyl.