Everything We Know About Prince William and Kate Middleton’s New Baby (Plus, How He Will Change the Royal Family)

Prince William and Kate Middleton recently welcomed the newest member of the royal family. Here’s everything we know about his birth, his name (page 3), plus take a look at pages 4 and 5 to see how he changes the royal family’s line of succession.

And will this royal couple have a fourth? Check out page 7 to see what their family plans could be.

Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy in April 2018

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, Kate Middleton at the Commonwealth Ceremony

The newest royal family member is finally here. | Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images

On April 23, 2018, Kensington Palace announced the birth of William and Kate’s newest baby, a boy. The royal family had been patiently awaiting the baby’s arrival — especially Kate, who had dealt with severe morning sickness during her pregnancy. (She had this with her other two pregnancies as well.) The baby was born healthy at eight pounds and seven ounces, and Kate didn’t stay in the hospital for long.

Next: William and Kate were eager to return home with their newest child. 

She left the hospital just seven hours after birth

Kate and Prince William leaving with their new baby

It didn’t take the couple long to take off. | Kensington Palace via Instagram

This wasn’t Kate’s first rodeo. The Duchess of Cambridge spent only seven hours at the hospital post-birth before she and William made their first appearance with their new baby boy. Kate donned a classic red dress that some say was incredibly similar to the one Princess Diana wore after giving birth to Harry. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were also brought in to meet their new baby brother, and Charlotte’s wave made waves with the paparazzi.

Next: He has a surprising name!

His name has been announced

Kate Middleton and Prince William smiling and waving

He has a very royal-sounding name. | Kensington Palace via Instagram

Just a few days after his birth (as is tradition), the name of the new royal baby has been announced. Drum roll, please…

His name is Louis Arthur Charles. The Kensington Royal twitter account tweeted this info out, adding that he “will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.” Welcome to the world, baby Louis!

Next: Here’s where the royal baby falls in the line of succession. 

The baby is now fifth in the line of royal succession

Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their kids at an airport

The baby may one day take the throne. | Julian Simmonds-Pool/Getty Images

The arrival of William and Kate’s third child altered the line of succession. The new baby took the fifth spot in line. He is behind Prince Charles (Queen Elizabeth’s oldest son), plus William and the first two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The newest boy probably won’t ever be king, but he still has a better chance than his Uncle Harry.

Next: How does Harry get impacted by the newest baby? 

He pushed Harry back even further from the throne

Prince Harry playing games with kids from a school

Sorry, Prince Harry, but there’s a new kid in town. | Frank Augstein – WPA Pool/Getty Images

The arrival of a new baby means Harry gets pushed back to sixth in line for the throne. The way royal succession works can be difficult to understand: Prince Charles will get the throne because he is the Queen’s oldest son. Then, his oldest son gets the throne (William), and William’s oldest child after that. Right now, the line goes George, Charlotte, then the new baby, but once George has kids, those children will be ahead of Charlotte and her brother the same way William’s kids are ahead of Harry.

Next: A recent law keeps Princess Charlotte ahead of her new brother in line. 

Thanks to a new law in 2013, the royal baby will not jump past his big sister in line

Princess Charlotte on her way to school

Princess Charlotte is still in line for the throne. | Kensington Palace via Twitter

A previous law said that the throne always had to go to the oldest son in line and could only go to males. But in 2013, a new law (known as the Succession of the Crown Act) was created that allowed the older sibling, regardless of gender, to take the throne. This means that years ago, the newest royal baby would have jumped ahead of Charlotte for the throne and been fourth in line. But now, he’ll remain fifth until Prince George has children.

Next: But here’s one person the royal baby will always be ahead of. 

No matter what, he will always be ahead of his mother

Kate Middleton in Sweden

Kate will never take the throne. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

…In line, that is. Regardless of new laws passed or not, one person the newest royal baby won’t be behind is Kate Middleton. Marriage is one thing that does not affect the line of the throne; Kate Middleton will never be “in line.” She might be named queen because of her husband, but she will never actually have a numbered position for the throne. According to ABC, spouses are not descendants of Princess Sophia, so they cannot have a place in line.

Next: Are there plans for a fourth royal child? 

There’s a chance we can expect baby No. 4

 Kate Middleton and Prince William on the day of their graduation ceremony at St Andrew's University in St Andrew's

We bet there will be even more children in the future. | Middleton Family/Clarence House via Getty Images

All of Queen Elizabeth’s children had two children each, but William and Kate broke that royal tradition by having a third. Some think that Kate wants to emulate Queen Elizabeth and have a fourth. Since Kate comes from a family of three, it’s no surprise she likes the idea of a larger family. But People reported that those close to her think she’ll stick with just three, given the horrible morning sickness she’s had to endure each pregnancy. For now, we’ll have to gush over the newest royal addition and wait to see if the couple decides to have another.

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