Kate Middleton, Prince William Welcome Royal Baby

by | July 22, 2013 at 2:34 PM | Celebrity, Celebrity Babies, General

Prince William and Kate Middleton (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty)

It’s a boy!

Prince William and Kate Middleton are officially parents to the future king of the United Kingdom.

After hours of labor, which began at about 6 a.m. GMT, Kate Middleton naturally delivered a healthy son at 4:24 p.m. GMT in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London.

The child weighs in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Prince William was by his wife’s side during the birth.

Kate and William reportedly held on to the news of their newborn for four hours before making the official announcement. The Royal Family bucked a decades-old tradition of posting a note declaring the baby’s birth outside of Buckingham Palace, and opted to release the baby’s gender, weight and time of birth in an official press release.

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Despite this change in ritual, the announcement was quickly placed on the gilded easel outside of Buckingham Palace. The statement reads in part, ”Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.” The easel is the very same one that held Prince William’s birth announcement in 1982. A town crier also shouted news of the birth in front of St. Mary’s hospital as he rang a bell.

Town crier and the gilded easel (Photo: Jeff Mitchell/Getty; Getty)

Prince William has released a simple statement, saying, “We could not be happier.” Meanwhile, Prince Charles echoed his son’s joy with his own statement that read, “Both my wife and I are 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.”

Politicians in the U.K. and abroad have also offered well wishes, with Prime Minister David Cameron declaring the birth “an important moment in the life of our nation” and President Barack Obama congratulating the new parents on the “joyous occasion of the birth of their first child.”

The child’s name has not yet been announced. It is expected to be revealed when Will and Kate leave St. Mary’s in upcoming days.

Stay tuned to XFINITY.com for all the latest details on the royal baby…

 

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