The Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a son

PRINCE William and the Duchess of Cambridge are celebrating the birth of their third child, a son weighing 8lbs 7oz.

The Duchess, accompanied by her husband, was admitted to the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, in Paddington, London, shortly before 6am today, in the early stages of labour.

 The new-born, whose name has not yet been announced, is now fifth in line to the throne, after his grandfather Prince Charles, his father Prince William, his brother Prince George and his sister  Princess Charlotte.

In a statement Kensington Palace said: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs.

“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.”