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Duchess Kate Middleton Gives Birth To Baby Boy

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a boy.

The baby was delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary's Hospital in west London after many Britons woke up to the news that Kate had gone into labor. The baby weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces.

"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight," the palace said in a statement.

"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news."

Kate and Prince William will remain in the hospital overnight, according to all reports. In keeping with tradition, the birth announcement is now displayed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

The Prince of Wales said in a separate statement that he and the Duchess of Cornwall were "overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild."

"Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone's life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future."

Prime Minister David Cameron added in his own release: "I'm delighted for the Duke and Duchess now their son has been born. The whole country will celebrate. They'll make wonderful parents."

The royal birth recalled that of the baby's father, William, in 1982, at the same central London hospital.

The baby is third in line to the throne, after Charles and William. It's the first time since Queen Victoria's reign that there have been three heirs in the direct line of succession.

July 22, 2013 |

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