Prince William's pregnant wife Kate taken to hospital
LONDON (Reuters) - Prince William's wife Kate has gone into labour and been admitted to hospital for the birth of the couple's first child, who will be third in line to the British throne, his office said on Monday.
Kate, 31, was taken to the private wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, where William himself was born in 1982.
"The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge," Kensington Palace said in a statement.
Royal sources have said Kate has planned a natural birth with William, a Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter pilot based in north Wales, at her side.
The sex of the baby, who will become third in line to the throne behind grandfather Prince Charles and father William, is unknown as the royal couple wanted it to be a surprise.
Prince William's wife Kate gives birth to baby boy
By Michael Holden
LONDON (Reuters) - Prince William's wife Kate gave birth to a baby boy on Monday, their first child who will be third in line to the British throne, ending hours of fevered anticipation outside the London hospital where the child was delivered.
The baby was born with William at Kate's side at 4:24 p.m. (1624 BST) and weighed 8lbs 6oz (3.8 kg).
"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," Clarence House, Prince William's office, said in a statement.
"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight."
Good names, Penny! I think George is the most popular among the bookies. I think they need to branch out with a name that has not been used before, like Pope Francis did. We need a breath of fresh air in the monarchy, I think. Kate Middleton provided one, for a start. They should keep it going, I think.