Princess of Wales Gives Birth to a Seven-Pound Boy

Diana, Princess of Wales, and baby Prince William. Image: Tim Graham/Getty Images.

June 22, 1982

Associated Press - It's a seven-pound, blue-eyed baby boy for the Prince and Princess of Wales, AP reports. The baby "cried lustily" after Diana, Princess of Wales, gave birth to the future British king.
The child is second in line to the 1,000-year-old throne. He was the first child to be born to a Prince and Princess of Wales after 77 years, when Mary, then Princess of Wales and future queen, gave birth to Prince John in 1905.

The baby was born at 9:03 pm at St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, some 16 hours after Diana was admitted to the hospital.

The princess and the baby are now doing well, Buckingham Palace revealed. Prince Charles was "beaming" after he came out from the hospital around 11:10 pm, cheerfully telling the crowd that he felt "relieved and delighted." He described his son as "sort of blondish" and really "marvelous."
The prince immediately gave her mother Queen Elizabeth II a telephone call, telling her the good news of the coming of her third grandchild.

The rest of the royal family are also "overjoyed" to hear the news.

With the birth of a son, Prince Charles younger brother, 22-year-old Prince Andrew, is now pushed to third in line to the throne.

Inside Buckingham Palace, "champagne corks popped as the Queen celebrated the birth with all members of her staff."

Following royal traditions, a notice of the birth was posted outside the gates of the palace while the gathering crowds outside cheered the good news. The notice writes:

"Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales was today safely delivered of a son at 9:03 p.m. Her Royal Highness and her son are both doing well."

The name of the baby was not yet announced as there is still "a bit of an argument about it," said Prince Charles but he is sure they'll "find one eventually."


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