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Monday, 23 April 2018

Kate Middleton baby: Proud dad William brings George and Charlotte, still in their school uniforms, to Kate's hospital to meet their new little brother as Britain celebrates the arrival of another royal baby

  • Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London
  • Kate, 36, gave birth after being taken by car before 6am this morning to hospital's private Lindo Wing
  • Supporters have decked out their tents in Union Jacks and put up flags and posters around the site
  • Kate gave birth to George in 10-and-a-half hours after admission, and Charlotte in two-and-a-half
  • Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London
  • Kate, 36, gave birth after being taken by car before 6am this morning to hospital's private Lindo Wing
  • Supporters have decked out their tents in Union Jacks and put up flags and posters around the site
  • Kate gave birth to George in 10-and-a-half hours after admission, and Charlotte in two-and-a-halfPrince William returns to the Lindo Wing with Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they go to meet their brother today

  • The Duke of Cambridge today brought his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte to meet their new baby brother nearly six hours after Kate gave birth to a boy weighing 8lbs 7oz on St George's Day.
    Prince William unbuckled George from his car outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, before he got out in his school uniform, then took Charlotte out of the car and she shyly waved to the cameras.
    He then led them to meet their new brother, who is the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's sixth great-grandchild. Bookmakers have reported a surge in bets on the name Arthur for the royal baby, who is fifth in line to the throne.
    Earlier, Prince William appeared outside the hospital this afternoon, telling reporters: 'I'll be back in a minute.'  Kensington Palace said the baby was born at 11am, after Kate was taken by car before 6am to the Lindo Wing.
    The Duchess of Cambridge will be leaving St Mary's Hospital this evening, the palace said, adding that George and Charlotte have returned to Kensington Palace after meeting their new brother. 
    William was present for the birth this morning, and both Kate and the child were 'doing well', according to a palace spokesman. Senior members of the royal family were all said to be 'delighted with the news'. Royal fans celebrate this afternoon outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London
    Royal fans celebrate this afternoon outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London
    Royal fans toast the news that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, weighing 8lbs 7oz
    Royal fans toast the news that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, weighing 8lbs 7oz
    Kensington Palace said: 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will be leaving St. Mary's Hospital this evening. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son will travel home to Kensington Palace.'Royal fans at Buckingham Palace gather for a glimpse of the easel announcing the birth of the royal baby today
    Royal fans at Buckingham Palace gather for a glimpse of the easel announcing the birth of the royal baby today
    A statement added: 'Prince George and Princess Charlotte have now returned to Kensington Palace. Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have received.' 
    Royal watchers had been expecting a swift delivery at the Lindo Wing, with the child sharing a birthday with William Shakespeare and Lady Gabriella Windsor, the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
    Sources told the Mail that George was at his school, Thomas's Battersea, today and was not taken out early. His sister Charlotte attends Willcocks Nursery in Kensington. 
    Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive at a service at St Martin-in-The Fields church in London this afternoonNo other royal visitors are expected at the Lindo Wing today. It is anticipated that the rest of the family, including the proud grandparents, will meet their grandson at Kensington Palace tomorrow.
    The self-proclaimed Royalist Town Crier announced the birth on the steps of the Lindo Wing, marking the moment by saying 'God save the Queen'. He drew cheers from the crowd of royal watchers outside the hospital. 
    An easel with a bulletin announcing the royal birth was put on display outside Buckingham Palace in London by footman Heather McDonald and and senior footman Olivia Smith.
    The notice reads: 'Hey Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11.01am today. Hey Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.'  

    New prince weighs in as Kate's heaviest baby

    The new baby Prince of Cambridge weighed 8lb 7oz - heavier than both Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
    Charlotte, at 8lb 3oz, weighed slightly less than George's 8lb 6oz - but was still above average. The average weight of a baby in the UK is around 7lb 7oz (3.5 kg).
    All of three of the Duchess of Cambridge's children have weighed more than 8lbs. But the new prince is not the heaviest royal baby in recent years.
    That title falls to Savannah Phillips - the daughter of the Queen's grandson Peter Phillips - who weighed 8lb 8oz in 2010.
    George was the heaviest future king to be born in recent history. Prince William weighed 7lb 1.5oz in 1982, while Prince Charles weighed 7lb 6oz in 1948. Prince Harry weighed 6lb 14oz in 1984. 
    It will remain in place for around 24 hours. The practice of posting a bulletin announcing a royal birth has gone on for at least as long as Buckingham Palace has been the Sovereign's official residence - since 1837.
    After it comes down, the notice will be sent to the Privy Council Office so it can be kept in their records.   
    A palace spokesman said: 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11.01am. 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 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.' 
    The Duke of Duchess of Cambridge pose with Princess Charlotte outside the Lindo Wing following her birth in May 2015The baby's sex was a surprise to William and Kate, who chose not to find out what they were having. The baby's title is His Royal Highness and he is a Prince of Cambridge. 
    Kensington Palace said the name of the baby would be announced in due course, and a formal notice of the birth would be posted on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. 
    Celebrities and politicians have been sending their best wishes to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on social media.
    Prime Minister Theresa May sent her 'warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy.' 'I wish them great happiness for the future,' she added.
    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: 'On behalf of Londoners, I want to send our warmest congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy.' 
    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott also sent their congratulations as politicians from across the political spectrum reacted with joy to the news of a new royal baby. Mr Johnson offered his 'huge congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the safe delivery of their baby boy!'
    Former world heavyweight champion boxer, Frank Bruno MBE, and actress Mia Farrow were among the celebrity well wishers on social media, while comedian David Walliams quipped: 'Prince Harry just got demoted again.'  

    Easel at Buckingham Palace announces birth of Kate's third baby

    An easel was put on display outside Buckingham Palace this afternoon by footman Heather McDonald and senior footman Olivia Smith.
    The notice announcing the royal birth reads: 'Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11.01am today. 
    'Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.'
    The easel was put on display at 2.30pm.
    The practice of posting a bulletin announcing a royal birth has gone on for at least as long as Buckingham Palace has been the Sovereign's official residence - since 1837. 
    The Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Liberal Democrats have also congratulated the royal family on social media.
    Archbishop Justin Welby wrote: 'Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the safe delivery of their baby, a brother for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. May God bless them and all of their children with love, happiness and health.'
    Sir Vince Cable, leader of the Lib Dems, tweeted: 'Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son. I'm sure his older brother will be delighted he has been born on St George's Day! Best wishes to them all and Princess Charlotte.'
    Speaker John Bercow told the Commons: 'I am sure the whole House would want to join me in sending Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, our warmest congratulations on the birth of their son.'
    Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson added: 'I'd very much like to associate the Government with your comments and warm wishes.'
    David Janzen, visiting the UK from Edmonton, Canada, was among those who gathered outside Buckingham Palace this afternoon.
    'I was watching the news earlier and saw the announcement, so my wife and I decided to come down to Buckingham Palace and see it all happen,' said the 62-year-old.
    Alain Ritzenthaler, from France, said the announcement was very different to his home country. 'We don't have a royal family like this, so it's exciting to see,' he said.
    Natasha Wilburn did not know about the royal birth until she was stood outside the palace. 'I had no idea it was happening today,' said the 30-year-old from the US.
    The senior medical team that looked after Kate during her labour were named by Kensington Palace, with Guy Thorpe-Beeston, surgeon gynaecologist to the royal household, and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing, surgeon gynaecologist to the Queen, joined by two familiar colleagues.
    Dr Sunit Godambe, a consultant neonatologist at Imperial College NHS Trust, which runs St Mary's hospital, was part of the group that cared for the duchess during her previous two births alongside Mr Farthing and Mr Thorpe-Beeston.
    Professor Huw Thomas, physician to the Queen and head of the medical household, completed the team. He was also involved with the birth of Princess Charlotte. 
    Earlier, excitement was building outside St Mary's Hospital, where some fans had been camped out for 15 days hoping for a glimpse of the royal baby.
    The timing of today's announcement that Kate had gone into labour, falling on St George's Day, added to the occasion for waiting royalists outside. 

    Fast labour for Duchess of Cambridge's third baby

    The Duchess of Cambridge's third labour had been expected to be fast - if not faster - than before.
    Although it varies from woman to woman, some mothers report a speedier delivery third time around.
    For first-time mothers, active labour may take around eight hours and in a second labour around five hours, according to Babycentre.co.uk.
    When Kate gave birth for a second time, she delivered Princess Charlotte just two hours and 34 minutes after being admitted to hospital.
    With Prince George in 2013, the duchess went into hospital at around 6am and her son arrived 10-and-a-half hours later at 4.24pm.
    Clare Livingstone, professional policy adviser at the Royal College of Midwives, said: 'It will vary from one woman to another. Some women report a quicker labour with their third baby but not everyone. It seems to be though that they do go more quickly. It's a very individual thing.' 
    John Loughrey, 63, who is part of a group who have been camped outside the hospital, said: 'We are so pleased. We have been here for 15 days. 
    'I'm so pleased it's St George's Day. St George himself would be very pleased if the baby's born today.'
    Mr Loughrey, from Streatham, South London, said he plans to celebrate the birth with English flags and a portion of fish and chips. 
    'It doesn't matter if it's a boy or a girl as long as it's a healthy baby and a healthy mother,' he said. 'It's very good for our country and of course Her Majesty the Queen.'
    Another member of his group, 82-year-old Terry Hutt, also welcomed the news.
    'It's fantastic to have another newborn baby,' said Mr Hutt, who turns 83 at the end of the month and was hoping to share his birthday with the new royal. 
    'If they were born on my birthday, I would have got a birthday cake.'
    Maria Scott, 46, from Newcastle, added: 'I think it's going to be a boy and I think it's going to be quick.'
    The group were talking in front of their make-shift camp, including royal memorabilia and a Union Flag tent.
    The Duchess is being cared for by consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, who is the surgeon-gynaecologist to the household, and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing, the Queen's surgeon-gynaecologist - part of the trusted team who delivered George and Charlotte.
    Highly-trained midwives were also on hand, while experts were waiting in the wings in case of an emergency.
    For her previous births, Kate had a 23-strong team of top medics working or on stand-by from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust - which runs St Mary's Hospital.
    Theatre staff were ready, along with a lab technician, replacement anaesthetists and paediatricians, a back-up for the consultant, and workers from a special baby care unit.

    Today, press pens opened outside the hospital as journalists, photographers and camera crews waited for confirmation of the baby's arrival. Royal watchers were expecting a swift delivery.

    How St George's Day and YouTube's birth are marked on April 23

    The royal baby has been born on patriotic St George's Day, which celebrates the patron saint of England. 
    April 23 is also the day Edward III founded the Order of the Garter, the senior order of chivalry in England, in 1348.
    The royal baby also shares his birthday with Lady Gabriella Windsor - the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, who was also born at the Lindo Wing on April 23 in 1981.
    Famous names celebrating their birthdays on Monday include actors Lee Majors, James Russo, John Hannah and Dev Patel; actress Judy Davis, singer Taio Cruz, and Gigi Hadid. 
    Here are some other historic events which took place on April 23:
    • 1564: William Shakespeare, English playwright, poet and actor, was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. He died on the same date in 1616.
    • 1661: Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland was crowned king at Westminster Abbey.
    • 1775: Joseph Mallord William Turner, English landscape painter, was born in London.  
    • 1968: The first decimal coins appeared in Britain. They were the 5p and 10p pieces which replaced the old one shilling and two shilling coins.
    • 1983: Cliff Thorburn scored the first televised maximum break of 147 in the World Snooker championships, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. 
    • 2005: The first video was uploaded to YouTube.com.
    With George, the duchess gave birth 10-and-a-half hours after being admitted to hospital, but Charlotte was born just two hours and 34 minutes after Kate arrived at the Lindo Wing.
    The birth was declared in both conventional and contemporary ways.
    An announcement was emailed to the press and a celebratory tweet posted on the Kensington Palace Twitter feed - @KensingtonRoyal.
    There is also the traditional custom of placing a framed paper proclamation on an ornate gold stand behind the iron railings of Buckingham Palace.
    Just like with her first and second children, Kate had been hoping for a natural birth and did not know whether she was having a boy or a girl.
    Bookmakers were also waiting to see whether they have to pay out on the name, delivery date, hair colour and weight of the baby.
    Predicted names include Alice, Alexandra, Elizabeth, Mary and Victoria for a girl and Arthur, Albert, Frederick, James and Philip for a boy.
    George and Charlotte may visit the hospital to see their mother and baby sibling, just as George did when his younger sister was born three years ago.
    But it depends how quickly Kate wants to head home.
    While Kate was in labour, George and Charlotte were likely to be cared for by their full-time, live-in nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.
    The duchess's pregnancy was announced by Kensington Palace on September 4 last year.
    Kate again suffered from extreme pregnancy sickness hyperemesis gravidarum.
    She went on maternity leave on March 22, but the duchess - and her large bump - attended an Easter Sunday church service in Windsor with the royals on April 1.
    She has joked that William is 'in denial' about having a third child.
    Although the Queen has four children, the duke is the first future king to have a third for more than 120 years.
    In 1897, George V, then the Duke of York, welcomed a daughter - Princess Mary - the younger sister of Edward VIII and George VI.
    Unlike William, George V never expected to be king and only became heir to throne when his older brother, the Duke of Clarence and Avondale, died from flu in 1892. 

    So who's the town crier? Care home owner, 81, from Essex says he has been on 'red alert' all MONTH waiting to announce royal birth

    The royal birth of a new baby boy was announced to the world outside the Lindo Wing by an 'independent' town crier who'd waited all month for his big moment.
    Royal enthusiast Tony Appleton, 81, got the train to London from Essex this morning when he heard that Kate Middleton had gone into labour.
    Standing outside the Lindo Wing, the care worker rang his bell and shouted: 'Buckingham Palace proudly announces the birth of a newly born prince on this St George's day AD 2018. God save the Queen.'Standing outside the Lindo Wing following his proclamation, he told Sky News: 'I got the train up this morning found out she was going into labour, booked into a little motel round the corner. 
    'Then all of a sudden it was 'go' and i was here in five minutes from the hotel to get here to do the announcement.
    'I do rehearsals in the [hotel] room and at home as well because I've got to get my words right.' Frederick
    A Prince Freddie of Cambridge would have a historical link to the 1st Duke of Cambridge.
    Prince Adolphus Frederick lived from 1774 to 1850 and was a son of George III.
    He was apparently very fond of interrupting church services by bellowing out 'By all means' if the priest said 'Let us pray'.
    Charles
    William may want to pay tribute to his father - but perhaps as a middle name as it may be considered to similar to Charlotte.Traditional christening for royal baby whose father William will one day be Head of the Church of England 
    A traditional christening beckons for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child.
    With father William - a future king - one day set to be Head of the Church of England, the royal baby must be welcomed into the Christian faith.
    Prince George was baptised when he was three months old, while Princess Charlotte was only nine weeks.Just like George and Charlotte, the new baby will wear a replica of the intricate frilly cream lace and satin robe made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841.
    The original is too delicate to be worn and a specially made exact copy is now used for royal baptisms.
    George was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Revd Justin Welby at St James's Palace's Chapel Royal in 2013.
    He was on his best behaviour, blowing bubbles beforehand and being quiet and peaceful afterwards.
    With a guest list of only 23 people, a number of senior royals were missing including the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.
    Those at the private service included the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, the Middletons, plus George's godparents and their spouses and William's former nanny Jessie Webb, who had been helping to care for George.
    Charlotte was christened at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham in July 2015.She was wheeled to the service by Kate in a vintage traditional 1950s Millson pram previously used by the Queen for Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
    A royal baby's godparents are usually announced on the morning of the christening.
    Kate and William previously opted for friends over dignitaries.
    George's seven godparents include Diana, Princess of Wales's close friend Julia Samuel, William's cousin Zara Tindall and Kate's school friend Emilia Jardine-Paterson.
    Charlotte has five godparents including William's childhood friend Thomas van Straubenzee, Kate's confidante Sophie Carter, and Diana's niece the Hon Laura Fellowes.
    Prince Harry missed Charlotte's christening while in Africa, but this time will be expected to attend with new wife Meghan Markle, who he marries on May 19.
     

    Kate battles against severe morning sickness to carry out royal duties

    Despite suffering from another bout of severe morning sickness, the Duchess of Cambridge has battled through to carry out a significant number of engagements while pregnant.
    Kate's pregnancy was announced on September 4 last year, after she was forced to cancel an appearance the same day due to the condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum.
    At the start of all three of her pregnancies, Kate has suffered from the same problem.
    Hyperemesis gravidarum, which causes severe vomiting, can lead to dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine called ketosis.
    But unlike her first pregnancy, when she was admitted to hospital and treated for a number of days, the duchess did not need that level of care this time.
    A few days after the announcement that she was expecting her third child, Kate missed Prince George's first day at school as she was too poorly to attend.
    She made her first public appearance almost five weeks later, attending a mental health reception at Buckingham Palace with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
    At the time a royal aide said: "The Duchess' condition is improving but she's still suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum."
    Kate was well enough to make a surprise appearance at Paddington station in October, joining William and Harry at a charity event, where she danced on the platform with Paddington Bear.
    And the following day Kensington Palace announced that the Cambridges' baby was due in April, interpreted as indicating the duchess's 12-week scan had taken place.
    It is thought a number of Kate's engagements were postponed due to her illness, and in the new year she carried out a significant number as her baby bump became more prominent.
    During January, Kate attended a string of official engagements and appeared to be back in good health, and at the end of the month she travelled with William to Norway and Sweden for an official visit.
    Other high-profile events as her pregnancy developed and her baby bump grew included an away day to Sunderland, a Royal Foundation engagement with the duke, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and the launch of an expert panel to look at supporting the early years development of chidren
    Kate bowed out of official duties with a flourish, attending two Commonwealth events with her husband before her maternity leave began.
     
    Inside the £7,500-a-night Lindo Wing with the world's best doctors on tap and Champagne on the wine list
    With its gourmet menu, luxury toiletries and personalised care, The Lindo Wing offers a quality of service worthy of a five-star hotel. 
    So it is of little surprise the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have once again selected the exclusive maternity ward at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, central London, for the birth of their third child.
    A baby boy weighing 8lbs 7oz was born inside the wing today, on St George's Day, with Prince William by his wife's side during the birth. Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two, were also born in the private wing, as were Prince William, 36, and Prince Harry, 33.
    With such high-profile patients and prices starting at £5,900 for a one-night stay - rising to £6,275 for a deluxe package and even higher for the ward's suites - very few will ever experience the luxury of the Lindo.
    The hospital is also known for going above and beyond to provide premium aftercare for its discerning clients.
    A brochure for the wing reveals how each room comes equipped with satellite TV offering 'major international channels'.For parents looking to get away from the screen there is also a 'radio, bedside phone and a fridge'. A wide selection of newspapers and free WiFi is also available.
    Patients are also offered a wine list - including Champagne - and can have afternoon tea delivered to the room.
    Kate is likely to have a team of more than 20 medical experts and other staff working or on stand-by from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs St Mary's.  
    Consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing will be again involved after helping to deliver Kate's previous children.

    Three siblings will support each other in the 'fishbowl' of royal life

    Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the new royal baby will share an important bond as siblings as they face the scrutiny of royal life together.
    Historian Judith Rowbotham said the support they gain from their shared experience will be invaluable, particularly for future king Prince George, with the additional responsibilities he faces.
    Dr Rowbotham said: 'One of the downsides to being royal is that you do live in a fishbowl.Even if you're a minor royal you can still be picked up, publicised, and having the family around you, you can support each other - and laugh in a way that nobody else can quite laugh.'
    The Duke of Cambridge has a good relationship with his own brother, Prince Harry.
    'William has certainly found having one brother to be a great help to him,' said Dr Rowbotham, a visiting research fellow at Plymouth University.
    'The two brothers are extremely close and Harry understands William, just as William understands Harry, in a way that nobody else can.
    'Siblings know the reality of the family circumstances in which you grow up.
    'Having a cheerful, loving, supportive family, which is what the duke and duchess seem pretty committed to creating, is likely to be a very positive thing for Prince George.'
    William and Harry were just 15 and 12 when their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 and the brothers sought comfort from one another during their difficult teenage years.
    When Harry turned 21, he described William as the one person on the planet with whom he could talk about everything.'It's amazing how close we've become,' Harry said. 'I mean, ever since our mother died, obviously we were close, but he is the one person on this earth who I can actually really ... we can talk about anything. We understand each other and we give each other support.'
    The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have four children - the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.
    But while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have just three years between their second child, Princess Charlotte, and the new baby, the Queen had a gap of 10 years between her second child, Princess Anne, in 1950 and third, Prince Andrew, in 1960.
    She had become monarch in the intervening years and was busy adjusting to her demanding role as head of state.
    Jonathan Dimbleby, Charles's biographer, described how the prince doted on Anne and his two younger siblings: 'His letters from Gordonstoun had been peppered with fond references to her and then to his baby brothers, Andrew and Edward.'
    Anne once said of her relatives: 'Judging by some families, I think we are all on pretty good speaking terms after all this time, and that's no mean achievement for quite a lot of families. I think we all enjoy each other's company.'
    Andrew, who is a third-born sibling like the new Cambridge baby, was considered the favourite.
    The Queen was said to have been a more relaxed mother with Andrew and her fourth child Edward, and found a better work-life balance between family time and royal duties.Royal baby 'will be encouraged to forge career, not carry out public duties' 
    The new royal baby will be encouraged to look for a career outside the royal family when he or she grows up, a historian has predicted.
    Judith Rowbotham, a visiting research fellow at Plymouth University, said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child is highly unlikely ever to become king or queen.
    Rather than having a public role, the new prince or princess will, as a young adult, be on the fringes of the royal family, Dr Rowbotham suggested.Born fifth in line, the baby will fall behind both older brother and future monarch Prince George, and older sister Princess Charlotte in the line of succession.
    'It's fairly secure to say that they are going to be encouraged not to worry too much about the likelihood of succession to the throne,' Dr Rowbotham said.
    'This gives them considerable freedom. Just look at Prince Harry - while limited by the expectation that somebody close to the throne should not for practical reasons risk their lives in battle, he was still able to be an active soldier.
    'From that point of view, I think they're going to be very much encouraged to look outside the royal family for their opportunities, to go into media or business, or become teachers or academics - whatever their personal inclination.'
    The historian said the Prince of Wales was focused on the direct line of succession rather than the wider royal family.
    'Prince William knows that his father's agenda is to ensure that the present royal family doesn't get too big, doesn't become something that's seen as unwieldy or a burden on the state and the taxpayer.'
    She added: 'I don't think there's going to be any expectation that this particular child, once he or she becomes a young adult, will do more than turn up occasionally, on the fringes of the royal family in order to celebrate things with their father or their older brother.'
    Those not destined to wear the crown have often been encouraged to pursue different paths.
    Second-born King George V only became heir to the throne when his older brother Albert, Duke of Clarence, died of flu in 1892.
    Prior to this, he was a career naval officer and was firmly told to focus on this life rather than being a prince. He was only seen as a minor royal.
    It is rare for a third-born royal child to end up as monarch and there has been no instance so far in the House of Windsor.
    William IV, a Hanoverian king who ruled from 1830 to 1837, was a third child - of George III and Queen Charlotte.
    He was known as the Sailor King for his love of the sea and as Silly Billy for his rambling speeches.
    Edward VI was a third child of Henry VIII. His mother was Jane Seymour.
    He became king aged nine in 1547 until his death in 1553 from tuberculosis at the age of 15.


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