It’s a boy! Catherine gives birth to royal baby

Updated 12:27 PM EDT, Tue July 23, 2013
00:48 - Source: CNN
Catherine gives birth to a boy

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The child's title will be His Royal Highness Prince (the baby's name) of Cambridge

"We could not be happier," Prince William says, a source tells CNN

The fountains at Trafalgar Square turn blue after the announcement

The child, third in line to the throne, weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces

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With fanfare fit for a prince, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William welcomed their first child Monday.

The baby boy was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. A name has not yet been announced for the child, who is third in line to the throne.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” read an official bulletin placed outside Buckingham Palace, where crowds erupted in cheers.

People from all over the world had gathered outside Buckingham Palace to await news of the birth. At least one group of well-wishers brought flowers, champagne and a card for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The fountains at Trafalgar Square were turned blue.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron said, “It is an important moment in the life of our nation, but I suppose above all, it’s a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who got a brand new baby boy.”

“It is an important moment in the life of our nation, but I suppose above all, it’s a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who got a brand new baby boy,” he said.

The new parents spent some time with their baby before calling family members – starting with Queen Elizabeth II – to announce the birth, a Kensington Palace source told CNN royal correspondent Max Foster.

Prince William remained at Catherine’s side throughout the labor and the baby was born vaginally, not via a C-section, the source said.

“We could not be happier,” said Prince William, according to the Kensington Palace source.