Just hours after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's newborn baby son was born, he was already breaking records. The 8lbs 7oz Prince, who was born at 6:01 am EST at the Lindo Wing on Monday (April 23), is Kate's heaviest baby to date, beating Prince Georgeand Princess Charlotte, who weighed 8lbs 6oz and 8lbs 3oz, respectively.
The new Prince is not the heaviest royal baby in recent years, however. Savannah Phillips, the daughter of Peter Phillips, just about retains that title, having weighed 8lbs, 8oz when she was born in December 2010. Prince George, meanwhile, was the heaviest future king to be born in recent years. His father, Prince William, weighed 7lb 1.5oz in 1982, while Prince Charles weighed 7lb 6oz in 1948. In comparison, Prince Harry weighed 6lb 14oz when he was born in September 1984.
The news of the Prince's birth was announced by Kensington Palace in a statement released on Twitter. It read: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well." A second tweet read: "The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news."