Princess Kiko gives birth to a boy - first male heir in over 40 years!

Update: According to CNN, Japan’s new Prince has been named Hisahito. CBB Royalty correspondent Char adds: The name of the baby was chosen by the Emperor and the whole title of the baby will be His Imperial Highness Prince Hisahito of Japan.

Originally posted September 5th: Princess Kiko of Japan gave birth to her third child, a baby boy on Wednesday morning — the first male heir to be born into the royal family in over 40 years! Kiko’s son, whose name has not been released, was born by scheduled c-section after placenta previa made a natural delivery impossible. According to CBB reader Lara, the name won’t be announced for seven days, when a slip of rice paper is put into the baby’s cradle, according to tradition.

The birth of a boy is incredibly important news in Japan today, as it will most likely end debate about revising a 1947 succession law to allow women to inherit the throne, which had been brewing until a stop was put to it in February when Kiko announced her pregnancy, and the debate was subsequently shelved until the birth.

Source: MSNBC

Thanks to CBB readers Lisa, Jaclyn, Tiana, Sara and Jen.

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