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Queen gives birth to second son


London, Feb. 19, 1960 - Queen Elizabeth II delivered her second son*, born 3:30 pm today at the Belgian Suite of Buckingham Palace. Prince Philip was informed of the Queen's delivery and a "bulletin was flashed around Britain and the world shortly afterwards," reports The Daily Telegraph.


A hand-written notice hung outside Buckingham Palace, which reads:

"The Queen was safely delivered of a son at 3.30 pm today. Her Majesty and the infant child are both doing well."

The baby boy was the first child ever to be born since 1857. The last being Princess Beatrice, youngest daughter and child of Queen Victoria. The Prince of Wales (1947) and Princess Anne (195), were born during the reign of their grandfather, King George VI. The Queen was then Duchess of Edinburgh and heiress presumptive to the throne.

Meanwhile, Prince Philip was said to be "in high spirits." He immediately ushered in to the Queen's side to see the babe "whose weight has not yet to be announced." The Prince immediately spread news of the child's birth to the entire household. He also called the Prince of Wales in Cheam School, who was permitted to leave his class . He abruptly left to return home and arrived "by car" at 8.20 pm.

Princess Anne was already admitted to see her mother and the baby. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret arrived at 6.10 and stay for about 30 minutes.

*The baby born this day, exactly 53 years ago was christened Andrew Albert Christian Edward. He was created Duke of York on the day that he married Miss Sarah Ferguson in 1986. The couple divorced in 1996. They have two children: Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

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