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Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrate baby news ahead of Christmas carol concert - find out whose

A new playmate for George, Charlotte and Louis!

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The Prince and Princess of Wales's children have a new playmate after two of their parents' closest friends welcomed a baby boy.

In The Telegraph's announcements it has been confirmed that Thomas van Straubenzee's wife, Lucy, gave birth to a son named Albert on 3 December.

Thomas and Lucy are firmly lodged within William and Kate's inside circle - and in this video you can find out who else makes the cut.

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Thomas read a joint best man speech at William and Kate's wedding, his wife Lucy was a teacher at Princess Charlotte and Prince George's former school, Thomas's Battersea.

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They married during a low-key wedding in Chelsea during lockdown in 2020, and already have a two-year-old daughter called Mary.

Knight Frank estate agent Thomas has known Prince William and Prince Harry since their days at Ludgrove School.

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Thomas van Straubenzee and wife Lucy in 2020© Photo: Getty Images

Lucy and Thomas have welcomed their second child

Thomas and Lucy were pictured as they joined William and Kate in Norfolk for a church service in January 2020.

When Thomas's younger brother, Charlie, married Daisy Jenks in 2018, newlyweds the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were among the guests, alongside Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.

Prince William and Kate Middleton in Norfolk with friends in January 2020© Photo: Getty Images

Thomas and Lucy joined William and Kate in Sandringham in 2020

Thomas and Charlie's brother, Henry, was sadly killed in a car accident in 2002. At the time, the royals were very supportive and became patrons of a memorial fund in his name. Earlier this month, it was revealed that William and Harry had signed their names to a letter that was part of an order of service at the annual Henry Van Straubenzee Christmas Carol Concert.

Thomas' friendship with the Queen's grandsons made headline news in 2011 when he was mugged while talking on the phone to Harry, who rushed to his aid with a police bodyguard.

Princess Diana was also a close friend of the van Straubenzee family. She was nanny to Thomas' cousin for a while and also holidayed with them in Cornwall when William and Harry were younger.

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