Baby boy for Britains Prince William & and Kate
London: Duchess of Cambridge Kate gave birth
to a boy Monday evening, palace officials said.
weighing 3.8 kg, was born at 4.24 p.m., Xinhua cited sources with the
Kensington Palace as saying.
Already more than a week past her
due date, the 31-year-old Kate was taken to the St. Mary's Hospital in
Paddington around 6 a.m. Monday. Her husband Prince William was with her
during the delivery.
The baby is now third in line to the British
throne. This is the first time in 119 years that there have been three
generations waiting in succession to the throne.
Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital
overnight," said the palace in a statement.
A Buckingham Palace
spokesman said the queen and Duke of Edinburgh are delighted at the news
that Kate has given birth to a son.
The Prince of Wales said he
was "enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time",
and added that it was "an incredibly special moment for William and
Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, British Prime
Minister David Cameron described the birth as "an important moment in the
life of our nation".
"It has been a remarkable few years for our
royal family - a royal wedding that captured people's hearts, that
extraordinary and magnificent jubilee and now this royal birth - all from
a family that has given this nation so much incredible service," he said.
a tradition, an official notice of birth has been placed outside the
Outside St. Mary's Hospital many royal fans
had camped for two weeks along with photographers from around the world.
They waved national flags and sang "Happy Birthday to You" aloud for the
new royal baby.
Terry Hutt, a 78-year-old from Cambridge camped
for 12 days. "This is my longest experience to camp," he said. "But it is
lovely to be around. I am glad to see it is a healthy baby."
Diatta, 31, made a cake for the occasion, on which she wrote: "Come on
Kate, we can't wait. Give us something to celebrate."
Xinhua she made the cake just for fun, which she shared with reporters
later. "It is not easy for them," she said.
Even tourists joined
in the revelry. Miriam, a 62-year-old from Italy, said: "I am travelling
in London while my sister told me 'Kate is in labour'. So I came here
When she realised that she left her camera in the
hotel, Miriam bought a disposable one. "I will make a special album for
the royal baby," she beamed.
There will be a 41-gun salute at
London's Hyde Park and 62 rounds fired at the Tower of London later
Tuesday to herald news of the birth.
Prince William, the Duke of
Cambridge, was born in the same hospital in 1982, as well as his brother
William and Kate held a spectacular wedding at
Westminster Abbey in April 2011. Kate was confirmed as pregnant last
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