Update: It's a prince!! Duchess Catherine gave birth to a son yesterday, July 22nd, born at 4:24pm London time, weighing 8 lbs, 6 oz.
Kate Bolduan is anchoring "New Day" from Buckingham Palace this morning with the latest updates on royal baby fever.
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CNN Royal Commentator Victoria Arbiter grew up in Windsor and at Kensington Palace, and is an expert on the royal family.
“It's going to be the first time since 1894 the reigning sovereign has three direct heirs to the throne living,” she explains. “Queen Victoria was the last person to have that. So really when you think of the history and grandeur of the occasion, that's very exciting.” Watch:
The newest royal is already receiving the pomp and circumstance steeped in tradition based on that excitement. Arbiter says the baby’s name will likely reflect that.
“The royal family generally chooses dynastic names.” Names like Ann, Elizabeth, Andrew, Edward are the norm.
And while Will and Kate have been known to lead more modern, ordinary lives, Arbiter says their child’s name will likely still be rooted in familial history.
“I think they're going to have quite a hard time balancing their desperate desire to be normal while also adhering to the traditions of the royal family.”
Katie Nicholl, author of "The Making of A Royal Romance" and the Royal Correspondent for British newspaper "The Mail on Sunday" adds to that notion of royal protocol.
“The one thing that Kate will have learned when she married into this, the British royal family, is that duty comes before self,” Nicholl says. Watch:
And the expectation is great. CNN’s Max Foster is camped outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London where the Duchess of Cambridge arrived at dawn.
“The first glimpse of the royal heir will be here on the steps of the hospital,” Foster reports, and a huge amount of media and the public are gathered around to witness it. Watch:
“This really is a moment in British history. People are very, very excited about catching a moment of it.”
Visit CNN.com for complete coverage on the royal baby.
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