THE Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her third child with her husband Prince William by her side on April 23.
Excitement built in the following days as the nation waited to find out the baby’s name – which has been revealed as Louis Arthur Charles. Here’s what you need to know…
Reuters Kate and William showed off their new baby when they left hospital at 6pm on April 23
When was Kate Middleton and Prince William’s baby born?
On Monday, April 23, Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy weighing 8lb, 7oz at St Mary’s Hospital.
Prince William was by the Duchess of Cambridge’s side to welcome their third child at 11.01am in the Lindo Wing of the Paddington hospital.
William brought Prince George and Princess Charlotte to see their new brother in the afternoon.
In a statement, Kensington Palace said: “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.
“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
Prince Louis was Christened on July 9 at St James’s Palace.
Splash News Mother Kate was back to royal duties not long after giving birth
When was the royal baby’s name revealed?
After four days of feverish speculation, Kate Middleton and Prince William finally revealed their third child’s name – Louis Arthur Charles Cambridge – at 11.00am on Friday, April 27.
A statement released by Kensington Palace on Twitter read: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles.
“The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.”
What odds did Sun Bets offer on the name?
Sun Bets had Albert as their final favourite at 4/11.
Meanwhile, Arthur was priced at 5/2, Alexander at 8/1, James at 9/1, Philip at 12/1 and Louis was back at 18/1.
There was speculation that the royal family’s website had accidentally revealed the baby’s name early, but it was all a red herring.
Royal watchers claimed a web page had been reserved for a “Prince Albert” as the world waited for William and Kate to announce the name.
However, web pages are reserved for any previous royal family member – this includes the Prince Albert who lived during the 1800s.
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EPA Princess Charlotte and Prince George visited their new brother in hospital
What happened during Kate Middleton’s pregnancy?
Typically couples wait until the three-month mark before announcing they are expecting a baby.
But the Sun’s Royal Correspondent Emily Andrews believed the Duchess was forced to announce the pregnancy early after suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (severe morning sickness) as she did in her previous pregnancies.
The Duchess made her first public appearance since announcing the pregnancy on World Mental Health Day after missing all official engagements for more than a month due to illness.
She was spotted showing off her bump in a blue coat while visiting the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in London in February, 2018.
Kate wore a more casual outfit for her last official engagement before going on maternity leave.
She was seen in black skinny jeans and a non-maternity top from Hobbs, plus a cream coat by Goat when she visited Olympic Park’s Copper Box arena on March 22.
PA:Press Association Kate had her last official engagement on March 22
But she joined the Queen and other royals on April 1 for a traditional Easter Matins Service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, where Harry and Meghan are due to tie the knot.
She looked radiant in a chocolate-brown coat, matching pillbox hat and caramel-coloured heels.
Kate would have had to follow a series of birthing rules to adhere to tradition when she welcomed the new arrival.
These include who must be told the news before anybody else, as well as who is allowed inside the room of the birth.
Getty – Contributor Kate showed off her baby bump in January 2018 as they opened a £59million training centre for nurses, midwives and paramedics at the Coventry University
How old are Prince George and Princess Charlotte?
Wills and Kate announced in December 2012 that they were expecting their first child together.
On July 22, 2013, Kate was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, where William himself was born, and emerged with a son – Prince George.
In September 2014, the royal couple announced that Kate was pregnant again, with Princess Charlotte being born at the same hospital on May 2, 2015.