4 OCTOBER 2005

Click here to send this news item to a friend Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium and his wife Crown Princess Mathilde have welcomed another member to their growing young family. The crown princess gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday at Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht just after 1pm. The infant, who weighed in at 8lbs 10oz and measured just over 19 and a half inches long, has been given the names Emmanuel Leopold Guillaume François Marie.

Both mum and little one are doing well according to an official statement from the royal palace.

The new addition is now fourth in line to the throne, behind his sister, Princess Elisabeth – whose fourth birthday is in just a few weeks – and two-year-old brother Gabriel.

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The crown princess, wife of the heir to the Belgian throne, welcomed a bouncing baby boy just after 1pm on TuesdayPhoto: © AFP
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Philippe and Mathilde are now the parents of three little ones aged three and under, including Prince Gabriel (left) and Princess Elisabeth, whose fourth birthday is this monthPhoto: © AFP
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