Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Royal Baby Born: Meet the Boy Who Would Be King

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Royal Baby Born: Meet the Boy Who Would Be King

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And it's a ... boy!

The long-awaited royal baby was born this afternoon at a weight of 8 lbs., 6 oz. - 3.8 kilos - with Prince William at the side of his wife, Kate Middleton.

No name has yet been released although the baby boy will have the official title of the Prince of Cambridge.

In a statement issued four hours after the birth, Kensington Palace said: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4:24pm. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight."

The palace said the prince's name will be announced in "due course."

The birth was also announced on a golden easel placed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace where crowds had gathered all day.

The world's media have been camped outside St. Mary's Hospital in west London for the better part of two weeks waiting for the arrival of the expectant mother and then a glimpse of her offspring, who is now third in line to the British throne behind Prince Charles and Prince William.

In a brief statement Prince Charles said: "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."

Prime Minister David Cameron also offered his congratulations, writing on Twitter: "I'm delighted for the Duke and Duchess now their son has been born. The whole country will celebrate. They'll make wonderful parents."

It is unclear how long Kate will stay in the private Lindo Wing at St. …

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