It’s a boy! Prince William and Kate Middleton welcome third royal baby

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Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed their third child — a prince — on Monday, Kensington Palace announced.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs,” the statement said. “The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.”

“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news,” the statement continued. “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

Big brother Prince George, 4, was at school when his little brother was born and big sister Princess Charlotte, who turns 3 in May, was at home at Kensington Palace.

The name of the baby boy will be announced in due course, the palace said.

The newest royal family member was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London – just like George and Charlotte. Kate was admitted to the hospital before 6 a.m. (U.K. time)  in the early stages of labor on Monday.

The royal baby is the fifth in line of succession after Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Per royal protocol, an official announcement will be posted with the full details on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

It’s expected that close relatives – led by Kate’s parents, Carole and Mike Middleton, and William’s father Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – will come to see the couple and their as-yet-unnamed newborn before the couple leaves the hospital.

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