It’s A Boy For Prince William And Kate Middleton

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After hours of labor, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy, born at 4:24 GBT on July 22nd, 2013.  The heir to the British throne weighs a hefty 8 lbs, 6 oz.

“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry & families have been told and are delighted,” Clarence House tweeted.  “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.”

Prince William was present for the birth of his son, just as Charles was in 1982 and 1984.  He will spend the night with his wife and son.

The Prince of Wales spoke of his elation at becoming a first time grandfather, according to CNN‘s Max Foster.

“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild,” Prince Charles said.  “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,” he added.

The baby follows Charles and William in the line of succession, respectively.

Sky News royal correspondent Paul Harrison reports that Catherine did not have a c-section.  The Sun tweeted that Dr. Marcus Setchell (who led the delivery team) said to members of the press that baby was “wonderful” and “beautiful.”

As soon as HRH was born, Kensington Palace sent a press release to members of the media.  This was a last minute addition to the planned modes of announcement, which include a declaration posted to Buckingham Palace’s gates, and a notification via social media.

As planned, medical staff signed a bulletin containing the baby’s gender, weight and other information (no, not a name).  A press officer then brought  the notice down to a waiting car, where it was escorted to Buckingham Palace.  And, in the grand tradition of pomp and circumstance, said notice was posted on a wooden easel by the gates for all to see.

This has been tradition for the announcement of royal babies including Prince Harry, Prince Edward, Prince Charles and Peter Phillips.

Tweets went up ahead of the Buckingham Palace declaration, despite confirmations to the contrary.  Tomorrow, a 41-gun salute will go off in Green Park, followed by a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.

Baby and mother are said to be doing splendidly (I sounded very British there, didn’t I?).