At last! The wait is over! The royal baby has arrived! Buckingham Palace yesterday announced the birth of a baby boy, the first son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
A Prince is born!The baby boy, who weighed 8lb 6oz, was born at 4.24pm on Monday 22nd July 2013 in the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, West London, where Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, were also delivered.
Both mother and baby are said to be doing well after a 10 hour labour and stayed in the hospital overnight with Daddy. Prince William was with Kate throughout the birth and the couple requested some personal bonding time with their baby after his safe arrival, so delayed announcing the birth for a few hours.
There has as yet been no announcement about the name of the new addition to the royal family, who is third in line to the throne, behind their Grandfather, Prince Charles, and father, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, but we do know that the baby will be referred to as the Prince of Cambridge.
The official statement was taken by car from St Mary's hospital to Buckingham Palace and was received by a uniformed member of staff. The statement, signed by the medical team present at the little Prince's delivery, was placed on an easel at the palace gates.
The official statement read: 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm.
'Her Royal Highness and her son are both doing well.'
The Duke and Duchess' first words
Prince William's first statement about the birth of his son was quite simply: 'We could not be happier.'
Since yesterday, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released another statement, thanking staff at St Mary's hospital for their care. It says: 'We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received. We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone - staff, patients and visitors - for their understanding during this time.'
Charles and Camilla pay a visit!
Look who's popped in to say hello! New grandparents Prince Charles and Camilla came to see their first grandchild at St Mary's Hospital at 5:30 this afternoon.
The couple beamed and w
aved to the crowds as they entered the hospital, clearly excited to meet the new arrival.
Prince Charles on his new grandsonEarlier today new Grandpa, Prince Charles was quick to speak out about his new grandson: '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.'
The Middletons arrive!The latest visitors to see the little royal bundle are none other than Kate's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, who arrived at the hospital around 3pm this afternoon to meet their first grandchild (pictured below).
On leaving the hospital (below), Carole Middleton told the press her baby grandson was 'absolutely beautiful', and that everyone was doing well and they were 'thrilled'. The couple were all smiles as they left St Mary's.
The happy couple present the new Prince!
New parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge presented their new son to the waiting media and crowds on the steps of the Lindo Wing. Kate said it was 'very emotional' and 'such a special time', while Prince William claimed the baby had Kate's looks. What a sweet little baby. We can't wait for more pics!
Celebrations around the world
David Cameron said: 'a proud nation are celebrating with a very proud and happy couple tonight' and the Obamas have 'wished the couple well on the birth of their first child'.
The Duchess was admitted to hospital at 6am on Monday July 22nd, having been driven from Kensington Palace, without a police escort, accompanied by Prince William.
The fountains at Trafalgar Square will run blue for the next 7 days, lit up by special LED lights to mark the birth of Kate and William's son.
BT Tower also announced the news on their big screens.
See more of pics of how the birth was celebrated around the world
Congratulations to the royal couple! Don't forget to check back for the latest pics of the royal baby and get all the action live from the Lindo Wing at St Mary's hospital in our video feed below.
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