It’s a boy for the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William

April 24, 2018

It’s a boy.

Hours after being admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in London, Kate Middleton - the Duchess of Cambridge - delivered an 8 pound, 7 ounce son on Monday morning, Kensington Palace said.

The duchess, 36, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, 35, arrived at St. Mary’s Hospital in London by car.

The baby boy is the couple’s third child and grandmother Queen Elizabeth II’s sixth great-grandchild, and become fifth in line to the throne.

He joins sister Princess Charlotte, 2, and Prince George, 4, in the growing Cambridge family, as the third grandchild of Charles, Prince of Wales, and his late first wife, Princess Diana.

As with her previous pregnancies, Will and Kate did not know the sex of the baby beforehand, palace officials confirmed in a briefing weeks before the birth.

Among the names favored by British bookmakers for a girl: Alexandra, Alice, Elizabeth, Mary, Victoria; If a boy: Albert, Arthur, Frederick, James, Philip.

Shortly before older brother George was born, British law changed to make birth order the determining factor in succession, replacing gender — male primogeniture — as the default rule that developed over 10 centuries.

Aware that a 300-year-old set of laws then governing the succession looked increasingly egregious and inexplicable in the 21st century, British lawmakers decided the time for “royal equality” had finally arrived.

The newest little royal will displace Uncle Prince Harry, 33, in the succession; he will move down to sixth in line, and any children he has will follow him.