UK’s Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to baby boy

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LONDON — The Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Britain’s Prince William, gave birth to a baby boy Monday morning.

The duchess, the former Kate Middleton, was driven by car from her official residence at Kensington Palace to the private wing of a central London hospital early Monday — coincidentally St. George’s Day, the feast day of the patron saint of England.

Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) and Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, leave after attending the Easter Mattins Service at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on April 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Simon DAWSON (Photo credit should read SIMON DAWSON/AFP/Getty Images)

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labor,” Kensington Palace said.

“The Duchess traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.”

Kensington Palace tweeted just after 7 a.m. that the duchess safely delivered a son. He weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” the tweet said.

This is the third child for the duchess. The baby is fifth in line to the British throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father Prince William and two siblings.

The newest addition to the royal family is the younger brother to Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, and is Queen Elizabeth II’s sixth great-grandchild.

Prince George was born at the Lindo Wing in 2013, and Prince Charlotte in 2015. Their father William was also born at the same facility.

The duchess’ pregnancy was announced in September. At the time, she was said to be suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which involves nausea and vomiting more severe than the typical morning sickness many women suffer during early pregnancy. The duchess was affected by the same condition during her two previous pregnancies.

As her symptoms eased she returned to public engagements, making appearances alongside William, Harry and his fiancee, Meghan Markle.

The development comes just weeks before the wedding of Harry and Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor on May 19.

William and Kate will mark their own seventh wedding anniversary on April 29.

The news of a royal birth is traditionally announced on a gilded easel placed outside Buckingham Palace. Large crowds gathered outside in July 2013 to see the announcement of the arrival of William and Kate’s first child.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 23: A bookmaker stands beside a blackboard with odds on babies names ahead of the birth of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge’s third child on April 23, 2018 in London, England. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has this morning been admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

The couple announced his name, George Alexander Louis, and that of their daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, a couple of days after each was born.

Among bookmakers’ favored names for the couple’s third child are Arthur, Albert and Frederick.