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It’s a boy! Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth to royal baby

He is now third in line to the throne

CNN News Wire | 7/22/2013, 1:15 p.m.
LONDON, England — It’s a boy! Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William on Monday welcomed their first child.
Royal Baby Birth Announcement outside St. Mary's Hospital following the birth of the royal baby. Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William's first child is a boy.

LONDON, England — It’s a boy! Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William on Monday welcomed their first child.

The baby boy was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. A name has not yet been announced for the child, who is now third in line to the throne.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” read an official announcement.

Prince Charles and wife Camilla are “overjoyed” at the birth of their first grandchild, he said in a statement Monday. “It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy.”

Earlier in the day, the duchess and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The hospital, next to Paddington Station in London, is where William and his brother Prince Harry were born.

The baby’s name may be announced when the family leaves the hospital, CNN royal correspondent Max Foster reported. Prince William’s name was announced a few days after birth, his brother Harry’s on departure from hospital.

Some British parents have delayed naming their newborns in recent days in hopes of either copying or avoiding the royal name, he said.

British bookmakers favor the names Alexandra, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Victoria, Grace, James and George. The field is open for both boys’ and girls’ names because royal sources said the parents did not want to know their child’s sex in advance.

The child’s title will be His Royal Highness Prince (the baby’s name) of Cambridge, St. James’s Palace said this month.

Protocol dictates that the first to know about the arrival of the baby would have been Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister David Cameron and the governors general of each of the Commonwealth nations — along with the rest of the royal and Middleton families.

The queen returned to Buckingham Palace on Monday from Windsor Castle, another of her official residences. Crowds have been gathering outside the palace gates.

Meanwhile Monday, on a visit to the city of York, in northern England, Prince Charles was given a gift to pass on to his grandchild by a child among the crowd of well-wishers.

British Prime Minister David Cameron sent his “best wishes,” to the Duchess of Cambridge during her labor.

“The whole country is excited with them, so everyone is hoping for the best,” he said.

Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England, tweeted, also before the birth announcement: “My thoughts and prayers are with Kate and the whole family on this enormously special day.”

The baby will be third in line for the throne now occupied by the queen. Her son, Charles, will succeed her, followed by his son, William.

Thanks to a change agreed by the leaders of the Commonwealth countries in 2011 and passed into law this year, the baby’s place in the order of succession will be the same regardless of sex.