LONDON – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed a healthy baby boy at 4:24 p.m. in London Monday.
The name of the child will be released in the form of a formal bulletin, placed in a gilt frame positioned on an easel which was used to announce Prince William's birth, and placed in the palace forecourt for all to see. The baby weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces.
The royal birth recalled that of the baby's father, William, in 1982, at the same central London hospital. Many remember the moment when he was carried out in his mother Princess Diana's arms with proud father Prince Charles at their side.
The baby is third in line to the throne. Prince Charles and Prince William are first and second, respectively.
Prince Charles expressed his joy about being a first-time grandfather saying, "Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild," Prince Charles said in a statement. "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," Prince Charles said.
The official British Monarchy Twitter account stated "The Queen and Prince Philip are delighted at the news of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby."
The royal family had not intended to go public with the news of the pregnancy until Middleton was further along, but after she was admitted to hospital with a bout of acute morning sickness, or hyperemesis gravidarum, they were forced to make the announcement early to avoid speculation.
The baby can be expected to become the head of state of 16 countries, including Britain, Australia and Canada, and possibly the head of the Commonwealth, which covers 54 nations. He will also eventually become Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
But the newborn isn't the only royal baby keeping the nation on watch, prince William's cousin Zara Tindall is also expecting. Tindell, commonly known as Zara Phillips, the daughter of Princess Anne and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, married professional rugby player Mike Tindall in 2011.
The couple married in April 2011, and according to the Telegraph, nearly 2 billion people tuned in from across the world to watch the event.
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