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The UK has a new royal baby! Buckingham Palace just confirmed the happy news that Princess Eugenie gave birth to her son this morning at the Portland Hospital in London.
“Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son today, 9th February 2021, at 0855hrs at The Portland Hospital. Jack Brooksbank was present,” reads a statement released this afternoon.
The Palace then went on to share that both mother and baby are in good health following the delivery, and that the little boy weighs 8lbs 1oz.
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Naturally, Jack and Eugenie’s parents and grandparents are excited about the newest member of their family. According to a press release, “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank have been informed and are delighted with the news.”
The child, whose name has yet to be released publicly, is the ninth great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, and the first grandchild for Prince Andrew, and Sarah, Duchess of York.
It’s unclear at this point when a name might be shared publicly; the delay is something of a royal tradition. “The reasoning is perhaps two fold. On one hand there’s a desire to inform the families before a public declaration is made and any new parent appreciates having a little private time to get to know their new addition before the onslaught of announcements,” royals expert Victoria Arbiter previously shared with Town & Country via email before the arrival of Prince Louis.
“Royals, however, also have to consider the great responsibility in naming a new member of the family and I expect they want to be a hundred percent certain of their choice before announcing the name and sealing the baby’s place in history.”
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