At long last, the moment we've all been waiting for (aside from the royal wedding, of course) has finally arrived—Duchess Kate Middleton is now officially a mother of three!
Just this morning, Kate and Prince William welcomed a royal baby boy in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London. Kensington Palace announced via Twitter that Kate had gone into labor earlier this morning, and then shared the exciting news after the baby was born. "Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs," a palace statement read. "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 proud parents kept their baby's gender under wraps during her pregnancy (despite a minor slip-up on William's part), which meant the royal-obsessed had been wondering over the baby's potential moniker about as much as bride-to-be Meghan Markle's future wedding dress. Unfortunately, no name has been revealed yet, but William previously joked that "Jack" was in the running. (Prince Jack does have a nice ring to it.) But thankfully, the wait to see the first photo of the royal little one is at least over.
Just like they did following George's and Charlotte's births (all three children were born at the same hospital, which is conveniently a mere mile and a half away from Kensington Palace), William and Kate posed for a photo with their newborn outside the Lindo Wing. The pair was all smiles, with Kate giving absolutely no indication that she had just given birth. The new mother sported a red dress with a crochet collar while holding her infant son.
Prior to her delivery, Kate reportedly had an extensive birth plan in place, complete with security. The street outside the hospital was also blocked off from April 9 to 30 as an extra safety precaution. This baby got quite the royal treatment, even well before he made his debut into the world!
It's unclear whether royal infants are invited to weddings, but Will and Kate's baby arrived in time to potentially be the youngest attendant at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in just a few short weeks. It's still up in the air whether Markle will have any adult bridesmaids, since traditionally children make up the bridal party as attendants and pageboys in British royal weddings. However, either way, Kate will be sitting this one out—Prince Harry and Markle reportedly made it clear that they want the new mother to have a stress-free day and is free of any wedding responsibilities.
It's still too soon to start tossing around godparent predictions, but we hope that Harry and his future bride are at least in the running. They probably have a fair chance, too, considering Prince George has a whopping seven godparents while Princess Charlotte has five.
Congratulations to Kate Middleton and Prince William, and we hope brand new baby number three behaves at the royal wedding!