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PHOTO: Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:36am 23rd April 2018. (Updated at 7:45am 24th April 2018)

The Duchess of Cambridge has had a baby boy.

Kate Middleton was taken to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London early this morning.

Kensington Palace confirmed the news that Kate's baby arrived at one minute past 11, weighing in at 8 pounds and 7 ounces.

The Duchess was driven to hospital before 6am in the early stages of labour.

Her husband - Prince William - travelled with her and is said to have been beside her for the birth.

The world's media - along with a host of Royal watchers and well-wishers - have been gathered outside the hospital, eager to be the first to hear of the baby's arrival.

Kensington Palace said: "Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs.

"The baby weighs 8lb 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 tot, the couple's third child, will become the fifth in line to the throne.

And he even shares a birthday with Pirate FM's news editor, Emma Carton.

She said: "I definitely can't help but feel a little bit excited about sharing a birthday with the Royal baby and I will definitely be raising a glass to the Cambridges this evening.

"It is a very special moment and you never know, we might all get a day off to celebrate my birthday - although, more importantly, the arrival of Royal baby number three!"

Bookies have been taking bets on the name of the baby, with Arthur currently the favourite.

The Royal baby has been born on St George's Day, which celebrates the patron saint of England.

It was announced last September that the Duke and Duchess were expecting their third baby, who is the fifth in line to the throne.

Like her two previous pregnancies, they had to announce the news before she had reached the 12-week stage because she was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness.

So what kind of challenges with the parents be facing now?

Tristan Allerton, who runs the Helston Baby Centre, said: "I think it's trying to give attention to the other two but also trying to manage three little ones.

"Their eldest one is still very young and it can be very challenging to give attention to a newborn and manage two other little ones as well.

"They all need a lot of attention."

He adds that any products the couple are seen out with for their new baby should also see trends set across the UK.

He said: "The company that produced that all-terrain pushchair that they had for Princess Charlotte, about six months later they released it for general sale and it just flew out of the door.

"So something like that would be great, we saw a huge amount of demand last time that happened."

In October, the Palace said the baby was due in April but her actual due date was never confirmed.

Barriers to create media pens and parking suspension signs have been in place outside the hospital since 9 April.

Kate is being looked after by a similar team of doctors and nurses that helped her through the births of Prince George in July 2013 and Princess Charlotte in May 2015.

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