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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 23, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 23, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 23, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 23, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 23, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 23, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 23, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 23, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 23, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge with her newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 23, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge carries his newborn son in a car seat as he leaves the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 23, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge with her newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 23, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge with her newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 23, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge and her newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 23, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a boy at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London.

The baby prince is fifth in line to the throne, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's sixth great-grandchild and a younger brother for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed for pictures with their new born son outside St Mary's Hospital.

The couple have now returned to Kensington Palace.

Kensington Palace said: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, earlier this morning in the early stages of labour.

"The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge."

The duchess was 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 on hand, with experts 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.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. Photo credit: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. Photo credit: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

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.

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 announcement was emailed to the Press and a celebratory tweet posted on the Kensington Palace Twitter feed - @KensingtonRoyal.

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

St George is heralded for his honour, bravery and gallantry.

Surrounded by myth, one legend tells of St George's slaying of a dragon.

The Duke of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte arriving at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London where the Duke's third child was born on Monday. Photo credit: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte arriving at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London where the Duke's third child was born on Monday. Photo credit: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

The baby already has an older brother George and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to marry in St George's Chapel in Windsor next month.

Under Labour's proposals St George's Day would become a UK-wide public holiday.

Jeremy Corbyn is pressing ahead with plans to introduce new national holidays to mark the patron saints of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, if it wins the next general election.

The actual St George was born in Cappadocia - an area now in Turkey - and he lived during the 3rd century.

He became a Roman soldier and protested against Rome's treatment of Christians, was imprisoned and eventually executed for refusing to denounce his faith.

The flag of Saint George - a red cross on a white background - is the flag of England and is incorporated into the Union Jack.

April 23 is also the day Edward III founded the Order of the Garter, the senior order of chivalry in England, in 1348.

Each year in June, royals who are Knights and Ladies of the Garter process in carriages to St George's Chapel in Windsor for the traditional Order of the Garter ceremony.

They dress in their Garter robes - heavy blue velvet capes and black velvet hats with elaborate white ostrich plumes.

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 model Gigi Hadid.

The baby has just missed arriving on the Queen's 92nd birthday which was on Saturday.

William and Kate are set to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary on April 29, while Princess Charlotte turns three on May 2.

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.

1915: Rupert Brooke, English poet, died of blood poisoning on the Greek island of Skyros.

1927: Cardiff City beat Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup Final to become the first club to take the cup out of England.

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.

1984: The United States announced the discovery of the Aids virus.

2005: The first video was uploaded to YouTube.com.

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