President Rivlin sends Israel’s congratulations to UK royals on new baby boy
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President Rivlin sends Israel’s congratulations to UK royals on new baby boy

Fans, town crier welcome third child for Britain’s Prince William and Kate; child is fifth in line to the throne

President Reuven Rivlin  on Monday sent the British royal family the congratulations of the Israeli people on the birth of a baby boy to Kate, wife of Prince William.

The latest addition to the royal family is the third child for William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and is fifth in line to the British throne.

“Mazal Tov! Congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son,” Rivlin tweeted.

“Together with Nechama, and all the Israeli people, I send warmest wishes to Her Majesty the Queen, and all the Royal Family. Looking forward to welcoming the Duke to Israel soon,” he wrote, adding the hashtag “#RoyalBaby”

Prince William will travel to Israel this summer, in the first-ever official visit by a member of the British royal family to the Jewish state.

The boy, weighing 3.8 kilograms (eight pounds and seven ounces), was born at 11:01 a.m., Kensington Palace announced.

Mother and baby are both doing well, the palace said, and William was present for the birth.

The baby follows the couple’s other children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in British royal family Christmas greeting photo, December 18, 2015.(Kensington Royal/ Chris Jelf)

Queen Elizabeth II, William’s father Prince Charles, and his brother Prince Harry were said to be delighted with the news.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 hours,” the palace announced in its brief statement.

Kate, 36, was admitted early Monday to the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in central London, where four-year-old George, and Charlotte, aged two, were born.

Royal fanatics, who had been camped outside the hospital wing for several days in anticipation, jumped for joy and popped open champagne.

“We’re going to celebrate with fish and chips!” said John Loughrey, who was wearing a Union Jack hat and clutching a plastic doll with a crown.

In this file photo taken on March 22, 2018 Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wave on arrival to undertake engagements at the Olympic Park in London. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris Jackson)

Maria Scott, 46, a housewife from Newcastle in northeast England, has been in place for 15 days.

“It’s really important to show support because they need to know how much they are loved by the people,” she told AFP. “We’re very proud of our monarchy.”

Tony Appleton, a town crier dressed in a flamboyant red uniform, announced the news from the steps of the hospital’s Lindo Wing to a crowd of supporters and media.

The baby was born on St. George’s Day, England’s national day.

Name speculation

The baby boy is a sixth great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth, who turned 92 on Saturday, and her husband Prince Philip, who is 96.

He will hold the title of prince after Queen Elizabeth changed the rules in 2012 to ensure that all of William’s children would be entitled to the style, not just his eldest son.

Royal fans Terry Hutt (L) and John Loughrey (R) pose outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, in central London on April 23, 2018, where Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is in labour. (AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS)

As with their two previous children, the royal couple did not know whether the baby was going to be a boy or a girl.

Bookmakers have Arthur, Albert, Frederick, James and Philip as their favorites for the young prince’s name.

The boy does not overtake Charlotte in the line of succession due to new laws agreed across the 16 Commonwealth realms where Queen Elizabeth is the head of state, including Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Under the law, designed to end male primogeniture for William’s children, boys born after October 28, 2011, cannot overtake their elder sisters.

A night at the Lindo Wing costs £7,500 ($10,500), including a delivery package and two-room suite, excluding consultants’ fees.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (center L) waves to guests as her son Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and grandson Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) react as she takes her seat in the Royal box during The Queen’s Birthday Party concert on the occasion of Her Majesty’s 92nd birthday at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 21, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / Andrew Parsons)

The birth was overseen by consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston, who is the surgeon gynecologist to the royal household, and consultant gynecologist Alan Farthing, the Queen’s surgeon-gynecologist.

They were part of the trusted team who also delivered George and Charlotte.

The duchess suffered severe morning sickness during all three pregnancies.

Gun salutes planned

William, who is destined to become king after Charles, and Kate met at St. Andrews University in Scotland.

They tied the knot at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011, in a ceremony watched by up to two billion people worldwide. The marriage helped breathe new life into Britain’s monarchy after years of crisis.

The Sun newspaper reported Sunday that Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton, 34, is pregnant with her first child.

Kate’s maid of honor famously stole the show at her and William’s wedding with a figure-hugging dress.

The birth will be celebrated with a 41-gun salute in London’s Green Park Hyde Park — the standard 21 rounds with an extra 20 because they are royal parks.

The Tower of London will fire 62 rounds: 21, plus 20 because it is a royal palace, and a further 21 to show the City of London’s loyalty to the sovereign.

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