Britain gets third ‘King-in-waiting’ as Catherine gives birth

By Henry D Gombya

The  Duchess of Cambridge on the day her engagement to Prince William was announced by Buckingham Palace
The Duchess of Cambridge on the day her engagement to Prince William was announced by Buckingham Palace

Within the last hour, Buckingham Palace has announced that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy giving the country a third ‘King-in-Waiting after Prince Charles and the baby’s father the Prince William, the first time there has ever been three males waiting to succeed the British throne since 1874.

The yet to be named prince came in weighing 8lb 6oz and was delivered in a private suite at St Mary’s Hospital, in Paddington near Central London. In line with custom when a royal baby is born, the birth of Prince William’s first child is said to have taken place shortly before 5pm British time but the announcement wasn’t made until short while ago, when a Buckingham Palace courtier strolled to the massive gates of the palace and posted the announcement on an easel in the forecourt of the palace. In the past such an announcement would have been posted on the gates themselves but with many tourists around who would have loved to take the announcement away with them and possibly flog it later on eBay, the announcement was placed further away from the gates but near enough for passers-by to read it.

The birth of the baby boy means the new Prince is now third in line to inherit the British monarchy and thereby drops the Prince Harry down into fourth, while the Princes Andrew and Edward now become fifth and sixth in line respectively. Betting companies seem to have made a killing because most punters believed Her Royal Highness would give birth to a girl.

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