Welcome August Philip Hawke Brooksbank!
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank officially welcomed their first son last week. The happy news was shared on Eugenie's personal instagram and the palace subsequently released a statement with more information regarding the birth. While Eugenie often shares her charitable work on social media, the couple is typically private, so the personal photo showing the new parents hands wrapped around their son was a special glimpse of the new royal baby.
August Philip Hawke Brooksbank was born on the 9th of February at Portland Hospital, where Princess Eugenie was born almost thirty-one years ago. The baby was healthy weighing 8lbs 1oz. All members of family were notified of the birth and all were delighted with the news. Eugenie and Jack departed Portland Hospital three days later and returned home to enjoy some time as a new family of three.
It was reported that Princess Eugenie had to have a c-section due to her previous scoliosis surgery & therefore had to spend more time in hospital than some other royal mothers. Eugenie has been open about her surgery previously, opting to wear a wedding gown with an open back to proudly display her scoliosis scar. When announcing the name of their son, Eugenie thanked her midwife for taking the first picture of the new family of three.
August is the first royal baby of 2021, with at least three more new family members expected by the end of the year. Zara and Mike Tindall announced they were expecting their third child last year while Harry and Meghan just announced they are expecting in either spring or summer of this year. Catherines sister, Pippa, is also expecting her second child this spring so there will be no shortage of playmates for the Royal Children.
August is the Queens ninth great-grandchild and is currently eleventh in the line of succession (they will fall to twelfth after the second Sussex baby is born). With the arrival of August, The Queen has officially welcomed more great-grandchildren than her mother, Elizabeth, the Queen Mum who had eight great-grandkids.
Jack and Eugenie reside at Kensington Palace though it is rumored they have been borrowing Frogmore Cottage during the United Kingdom's third national lockdown, most likely to provide more space outside of the city.
Huge congratulations to the new parents and best wishes for the weeks and years ahead.
Update: This post was updated on 20th February after Princess Eugenie shared the name of their new son via instagram.