The duke and duchess in June. (Leon Neal / AFP/Getty Images) The duke and duchess in June. (Leon Neal / AFP/Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed a baby boy Monday who is now the third in the line to the British throne.

The BBC reported that the royal scion was born around 4:24 p.m. London time — just about four hours ago — weighing in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces. The former Kate Middleton was in labor for just over eight hours.

Prince William was by his wife’s side all day, since she arrived via a private entrance of St. Mary’s Hospital in West London around 5:30 a.m. London time — somehow managing not to be photographed by the paparazzi that had been staked out there for days.

No name yet, nor was an announcement expected this soon: When William was born in 1982, it wasn’t until a week later that the palace announced his name.

So much for all the presumptions that they were having a girl!Now we can only speculate what Kate might have meant in March when she said “Thank you, I’ll take that for my d—.”

The official birth announcement posted in front of Buckingham Palace (Neil Hall / Reuters)


And what does Prince Charles think about it? He is predictably very pleased, according to a press release from his office:

“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.

“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.”

Our London-based colleague Anthony Faiola now has a full story: Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a boy


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