Thursday 26 April 2018

New delivery weighs in at 'respectable' 8lb 6oz

Kate and husband William arrived at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London by car without a police escort just before 6am.
Kate and husband William arrived at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London by car without a police escort just before 6am.

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby son is the heaviest future king to be born in recent history.

The as-yet-unnamed boy weighed 8lb 6oz after being born at 4.24pm at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London.

His father William weighed 7lb 1.5oz in 1982, while his grandfather the Prince of Wales weighed 7lb 6oz after being born in 1948.

The queen was born by caesarean section in her maternal grandparents' London home and was also third in line to the throne at the time, but her weight was not announced.

The average weight of a baby born close to its due date is around 8lb 2.5oz (3.7 kilos), but Kate was thought to be overdue.

Judith Rowbotham, a social historian at Nottingham Trent University, said the weights of previous monarchs were not revealed.

"It's a respectable weight. It's not champion or a 9lb or 10lb, which would be eyebrow-raising and make you think he's been hanging around in his mother's womb for too long," Dr Rowbotham said.

"What it certainly shows is that this is a baby of healthy parents.

"He's definitely got more weight than his father and grandfather did."

By Laura Elston

Irish Independent

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