At exactly 4:24 p.m., Duchess Catherine and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge welcomed their first child into the world. Their son weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces. A name for the baby—who is now third in line for the throne—has not yet been announced. Prince William was present for the birth, according to reports. Officials say the name will likely be released when the family leaves the hospital. The baby's title, as announced by St. James's Palace, will be His Royal Highness Prince (NAME) of Cambridge. Crowds outside the palace and hospital gates were thrilled upon learning the news.
"We could not be happier," William, the Duke of Cambridge said in an official statement. The new father is said to be spending the night alongside his wife and their new son in St. Mary's Hospital in London.
Earlier in the day, his father Prince Charles released his own statement alongside his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall:
"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."
Kate was reportedly already in labor when she was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital—where Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, were also born—just before 6 a.m. this morning. A bulletin signed by the medical team was placed on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, after being taken inside the castle to be shown to the reigning Queen Elizabeth. The announcement was posted upon the same wooden easel that was used for Prince William's birth in 1982.