Kate Middleton Gives Birth to Royal Baby: It's a BOY!

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The royal baby is here! The royal baby is here!

After many weeks of keeping the masses waiting on pins and needles and keeping us guessing as to her due date, Kate Middleton has given birth.

She and Prince William have welcomed a baby boy!

Pregnant Kate and Prince William

A royal aide just announced the joyful news moments ago with a proclamation signed by the doctors who delivered the little HRH Prince of Cambridge.

Well, not SO little. His weight (8 pounds, 6 ounces) and the time of its birth (4:24 p.m.) were confirmed, along with the gender, via press release.

An official gun salute in London's Hyde Park is expected shortly, and the bells of St. Paul’s Cathedral are already ringing in honor of the future King.

Ever since Kate went into labor early Monday morning, Royal Baby Watch 2013 reached a fever pitch outside London's St. Mary's Hospital and worldwide.

Now that it's over, it's finally cause for celebration.

Kate Middleton and Prince William did not find out the gender beforehand, setting off a national guessing game (and online betting frenzy) for months.

They kept all facets of her pregnancy as private and low-key as possible.

When Kate and William did finally arrive at the hospital this morning, they did it their way, with no fanfare, no sirens and not even a police escort.

Just a dark Range Rover and a shiny new Audi nosing their way calmly through the traffic-free streets of London after dawn, cagily evading the media.

William has been by his wife’s side all week as they moved from Kate's parents house to Kensington Palace, just a mile from the hospital, last weekend.

Queen Elizabeth II now has three living heirs: Prince Charles, her eldest son, William, his eldest son, and the first-born son of William and Kate.

And, Her Majesty gets to go on holiday without missing this now. Phew!

Charles said: "Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine."

"We are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy," he adds. "We are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future."

The official confirmation notice says very little, only that Kate was "safely delivered of a son" and she and the baby are doing well. Check it out:

Kate M Notice

Prince William later issued his own statement that was short and sweet.

The new father said Monday night that, "We could not be happier."

The succession rules were recently changed so that for the first time ever, Will and Kate's first baby would become the heir(ess), regardless of gender.

That was cool, but in the end, the traditionalists got their wish.

Our heartfelt congratulations to Kate, William, their families and everyone in the UK on the most celebrated moment since Andy Murray won Wimbledon!

Just kidding. Although that was pretty cool to see, too.

It is now hoped that the boy's name might be announced as soon as tomorrow. The oddsmakers' favorite is George ... what do you think they should name him?

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I look for them to follow 'THEIR OWN' tradition of choosing a name that they both like, other than following 'Royal' tradition. These two are so down to earth and normal, I don't see them being told what to name their son, or choosing prior kings names. Luke William, Michael John, Joshua Phillip....they are making their own way in the world.... and I am so happy for them.

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Hope it's Michael Charles,William

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So excited for the royal parents.Congratulations !!!

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Hardly anyone said something else? I'm guessing "John" just because it was Princess Diana's dad's name. No, it's not traditional to select the mum's dad's name in British royalty--I'm just guessing that one because maybe Prince William wants to have something of his mum's side. I'm probably so wrong.

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Long live King George! OK maybe not.

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Mighty CONGRATS to the Royal couple and a BIG WELCOME to the new baby and future king of England! Late Diana would have been the happiest of grandmothers... I think 'Arthur' would be a more suitable name for the boy and not George... Or, name him Arthur George! Whatever they call him, Please, NOT William the 2nd! It would be awkward!

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Mighty CONGRATS to the Royal couple and a BIG WELCOME to the new baby and future king of England! Late Diana would have been the happiest of grandmothers... I think 'Arthur' would be a more suitable name for the boy and not George... Or, name him Arthur George! Whatever they call him, Please, NOT William the 2nd! It would be awkward!

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how sweet. I like james too and Edward.

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Rooting for Alexander or James, personally. Or HRH, James Alexander sounds absolutely lovely.

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@ Annie

does sound nice....

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Good for them congrats.....now go on with our lives? Damn!"

Kate Middleton Biography

Royally Pretty Girl A celebrity gossip mainstay since at least 2006, Kate Middleton is Prince William's lady friend. These two dated off and on for many... More »
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Reading, England
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Kate Middleton