Prince William’s wife, Kate, has given birth to a baby boy, the UK palace said in a statement on Monday.
“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm,” the palace said in a statement obtained by Al Arabiya.
“The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.” The statement added.
“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight,” it said.
Royal aides later placed a formal bulletin on a gold easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace which said that both Kate and her son were “doing well.”
The queen, 87, said she was “delighted” while Prince Charles said he was overjoyed. Prime Minister David Cameron said it was an “important moment in the life of our nation.”
U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle congratulated Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the “joyous occasion” of the birth of their first child.
“We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings. The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations,” the first couple said in a statement.
Kate was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in central London this morning by car, and accompanied by Prince William.
The Duchess gave birth in the Lindo wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, the same location that the late Princess Diana gave birth to both William and Harry.
Royal gynecologist Dr. Marcus Setchell headed the Duchess’s top-notch medical team into delivering the child, who is third in line for the British throne.
Should the child succeed both his grandfather Charles and father William, he will eventually rein as king of Britain as well as 15 other countries, including Canada and Australia.
The arrival of a royal baby and a new generation for the British monarchy has been hotly anticipated ever since the couple married in 2011 after a decade-long romance.
The popular couple have been widely credited with revitalizing “The Firm”, as the British royals are known, following decades of scandal and the death of Diana in a Paris car crash in 1997.
The palace said the boy’s name would be revealed later, but he will be known as Prince of Cambridge. Bookmakers say the favorites are George and James, AFP reported.
William, also 31, who was at his wife’s bedside for the birth, has been on annual leave and will take two weeks’ paternity leave from his job as a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot.
Kate and her new baby will remain in hospital overnight, the palace said.
Cannon fire will ring out across London on Tuesday, with separate army units letting off a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London and 41 gun salute at Green Park.
The birth came later than widely expected, adding to the sense of anticipation -- as well as the frustrations of hundreds of international media who have waited outside the hospital for three weeks.
Bookmakers had largely backed a girl baby, after Kate had said they did not know its sex.
Prince Charles said that he and his second wife Camilla were “overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild”.
“It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy,” the 64-year-old heir to the throne said in a statement.
“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.
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