When will the royal baby name be announced and how long was it before Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s names were known?
The Duchess of Cambridge, 36, delivered her son at the private Lindo Wing in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington – but the nation is now holding its breath to find out what the new royal will be called.
Both George and Charlotte were named fairly quickly, breaking tradition with their parents and grandparents as Prince William’s name was not released for a week and Prince Charles’ for a month.
However, we found out about Prince George on July 24, 2013, two days after he was born and one day after Kate left hospital.
Kensington Palace released a statement saying: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis.
"The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge."
Princess Charlotte was also named two days after she was born, on May 4, 2015.
A tweet sent out by Kensington Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
“The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.”
If Kate and Wills follow the examples of their previous children, we would discover the new royal baby's name tomorrow.
The bookies' favourite for the name is Arthur, although James, Albert and Philip are also in the running.
And if Arthur was the name, no one would be happier than The Sun's very own royal photographer Arthur Edwards.
Our Arthur, 77, even placed a £10 bet on the name.
He said: “Arthur is a classic royal name, as well as being one of Charles and William’s middle names. The Queen’s father George VI also had it.
“So there’s great tradition there. It would be fantastic if the little prince had the first name Arthur, but I would still be delighted if it was a middle name. I was amazed when the betting went from 14-1 to just 2-1 in a few hours as the whole world piled in for Arthur.
“When George was born I bet on Arthur and lost. Hopefully this time I will have a winner.”
Yesterday Kensington Palace announced that the baby boy had been born at 11.01 on the morning of April 23, 2018.
The mum-of-three went into labour first thing in the morning and Kensington Palace tweeted that she had headed to St Mary's Hospital.
There was speculation Kate was due on April 23, St George's Day, with Kensington Palace previously only confirming that Kate was due in April.
Her two previous births were fairly quick affairs.
Kate was only in hospital just over 24 hours when she gave birth to George.
And for Charlotte, Kate was in and out in just ten hours.
Her third birth followed suit, with Kate leaving the hospital at 6pm to return home with baby No3.
The couple now have three children
What happened when she went into labour?
Kate Middleton was taken by car to the hospital.
As with her previous births she entered the hospital by a discreet side-entrance.
The royal couple tried to minimise the disruption to the staff and patients at the hospital.
A press area was sectioned off outside the St Mary's Hospital.
Kensington Palace issued a notification that Kate had been admitted to hospital in the early hours of Monday, April 23.
They did the same in 2015, with the birth of Princess Charlotte.
And they later tweeted: “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
They also sent a press release and a tweet confirming the couple had welcomed a baby girl.
With Prince George, social media skills were still being fine-tuned, and it was Clarence House which announced the Duchess of Cambridge had been admitted to St Mary’s Hospital in the early stages of labour.
Only several hours later, after he was born, did they send out a tweet and a press release confirming Kate had given birth, and it was to a boy.
The British Monarchy also released a statement on its Facebook page, which confirmed Prince William was there for the birth along with other formalities.
An unofficial town crier also stood on the steps of the Lindo Wing and announced the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte – and he did the same with for the new baby.
Accompanying any royal birth is the traditional easel which is placed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
For both royal births a statement signed by the medical team is taken from the Lindo Wing by a royal aide, where it is whisked by police escort to Buckingham Palace.
There it is placed on an easel – used to announce Prince William's birth in 1982 – as this is the official way of announcing royal births.
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