Prince William has brought Prince George and Princess Charlotte to meet their newborn baby brother!
The proud new dad left the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London around 4.15pm on Monday, before returning with his two little children.
He drove himself to Kensington Palace, accompanied by a royal protection officer, promising the waiting photographers and reporters he would be back “in a minute”.
George, four, had been at school all day, while Charlotte, two, was at home at Kensington Palace.
It was a new experience for Charlotte, but two years ago William did bring George to the hospital to meet his little sister shortly after her birth.
George famously gave the media a little wave as he joined his dad on the hospital step, and also got a bit camera shy as he asked to be picked up by his dad rather than walk by himself.
William, 35, and wife Kate, 36, welcomed their third child, a second son, at 11.01am.
The new baby’s name has yet to be released and it’s believed we may have to wait a couple of days to find out what it is, as traditionally the Queen is first to be told the name and give her blessing.
Bookies have, however, revealed Arthur is the odds-on favourite for the name.
Other popular suggestions include Philip, in honour of William’s grandfather, Prince Philip, Albert and James.
A statement released by Kensington Palace just after 1pm on Monday read: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11.01 hrs.
“The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.
“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.”
An official announcement was then placed on a royal easel in the Buckingham Palace forecourt, as per historical tradition.
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Kate had been admitted to the private maternity ward at St. Mary’s around 6am on Monday morning, with Kensington Palace confirming two hours later that the duchess was in the “early stages” of labour.
She gave birth to her other children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, at the same hospital.
With George, she and William left hospital the day after his birth; they posed for photographs alongside the newborn and briefly spoke to the media.
Two years later, when Charlotte arrived, the couple left hospital the same day as the birth and once again posed for pictures, although did not speak to the cameras.
Their new son is fifth in line to the throne, pushing his uncle, Prince Harry, down to sixth.
A change in the rules of succession shortly before Charlotte’s birth meant the new baby would always be fifth in line to the throne, as the old law allowing male siblings to jump ahead of their sisters in the succession line was overturned.
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It’s expected that Kate and William could leave hospital with their newborn son later today, giving the world its first glimpse of the new little prince.
Then it’s believed Kate will not be seen in public again until Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May, where George and Charlotte are believed to be page boy and flower girl.
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