THE ROYAL BABY HAS ARRIVED!
Contrary to rumors that Kate Middleton AKA Catherine Duchess of Cambridge would be giving birth to a little princess, it was actually a baby BOY born yesterday at St. Mary’s Hospital, with Prince William at his wife’s side.
The baby boy was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. A name has not yet been announced for the child, who is third in line to the throne.
“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” read an official bulletin placed outside Buckingham Palace on the same easel that was used to announce Prince William’s birth back in 1982.
People from all over the world had gathered outside Buckingham Palace to await news of the birth. At least one group of well-wishers brought flowers, champagne and a card for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But, upon the announcement of the baby’s arrival, the whole crowd erupted in cheers. And all over England, they were celebrating in some very public ways.
But now…the big question is: “What is his name?”
People are already making bets on what the royal baby’s name will be. According to CBS News, betters seem to be favoring the name George, which currently carries 6/1 odds on Paddy Power. There’s also Alexander (18/1), James (11/1), Henry (20/1), Arthur and Albert (both 33/1).
Ladbrokes also has George as its top boys’ name, with 10/1 odds. Alexander is listed at 20/1, with Richard and Louis at 25/1 and Charles, Edward and David all at 33/1.
Media is still perched outside St. Mary’s hospital hoping to be on hand for a moment like when Princess Diana and Prince Charles announced Prince Harry’s name as they were leaving the hospital.
But we might not be so lucky.
Middleton and Prince William may not name the baby right away. The British royal family has actually developed a reputation for taking their time with naming decisions.
Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana announced Prince William’s name only after seven days. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip even waited about a month to name Charles.
Even Kate and William themselves waited three whole weeks to pick the name of their cocker spaniel puppy: Lupo.
Soooooo, it sounds like we might have to Keep Calm and… continue waiting….