The Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Britain’s Prince William, Kate Middleton, has given birth to the couple’s third child – a boy, the royal family announced Monday.
Her husband, the Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth of his son at 11 am local time at S. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London.
The new addition to the royal family arrived in good form at 8 lbs 7 oz (3.8 kg), and joins his older brother Prince George, age 4, and Princess Charlotte, age 2.
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin immediately congratulated the royal couple in a tweet posted to his official Twitter account. “Mazal Tov! Congratulations to TRH the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son,” Rivlin wrote. “Together with Nechama, and all the Israeli people, I send warmest wishes to Her Majesty the Queen, & all the Royal Family. Looking forward to welcoming the Duke to Israel soon.”
The office of Prince William, second in line to the throne, announced last month that he will visit the State of Israel this summer. It’s the first time a member of the royal family will visit the Jewish State in an official capacity.
“We welcome the announcement of Prince William’s visit to Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response to the news on Purim day. “This is an historic visit, the first of its kind, and he will be welcomed here with great affection.