Prince George of Cambridge full name George Alexander Louis was born 22 July 2013 and is the elder child and only son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. He is third in line of succession to the British throne, after his paternal grandfather, and father.
The Duchess was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, London, in the early stages of labor on 22 July 2013. She gave birth to a boy weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces (3.80 kg) at 16:24 BST (15:24 UTC) later the same day.
The birth took place in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s—the same hospital in which Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, were born to Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1982 and 1984, respectively. Queen Elizabeth II’s former gynecologist, Marcus Setchell, delivered the baby assisted by Guy Thorpe-Beeston, Sunit Godambe and Physician to the Queen John Cunningham. The midwifery team accompanying the gynecologists was led by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s director of midwifery Professor Jackie Dunkley-Bent. William was by his wife’s side when she gave birth.
The customary formal bulletin announcing the royal birth was displayed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace, although in a break with tradition the news was first conveyed in a press release from palace officials. Gun salutes signaled the birth in the capitals of Bermuda, the UK, New Zealand, and Canada, the bells of Westminster Abbey and many other churches were rung, and iconic landmarks in the Commonwealth realms were illuminated in various colors, mostly blue to signify the birth of a boy.
The Duchess and her baby, accompanied by the Duke, left hospital on 23 July, and the baby’s name was announced as George Alexander Louis the following day. William took the full two weeks’ paternity leave from his job (as a RAF search and rescue pilot) allowed by the Ministry of Defense. Prince George’s birth marked the second time that three generations of direct heirs to the British throne have been alive at the same time, a situation that last occurred between 1894 and 1901, in the last seven years of the reign of Queen Victoria.