Published 23 April 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs on 23 April 2018.

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.

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. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.

The official notice at Buckingham Palace

A notice was placed on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace following the announcement.

It is tradition that a framed notice of birth goes on display on a ceremonial easel on the forecourt at the Palace.

Notices have been posted on the occasion of a Royal birth for at least as long as Buckingham Palace has been the Sovereign’s official residence (from 1837).

The notice was on display for approximately 24 hours after which it was sent to the Privy Council Office so that the details  could be recorded in the Privy Council records.

Flags marked the birth at Royal residences

Flags were raised at both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte visit their new baby brother

The Duke of Cambridge briefly left the hospital before returning with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduce their son to the world 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduced their son to the world's media before returning to Kensington Palace.

Gifts following the birth

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are extremely grateful for the support and goodwill being expressed at this happy time.  However, Their Royal Highnesses do not wish to encourage the sending of gifts to them on this occasion, and feel that any generosity of spirit felt by individuals should be directed to those more in need. Read the gift guidance released by Kensington Palace in full

The initial announcement

In October 2017, Kensington Palace announced that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child.