It's a Prince: Royal Baby Born
Kate gives birth to baby boy
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2013 2:51 PM CDT
In this image from television, the official announcement of the birth of the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is posted at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London Monday July 22 2013.   (AP Photo/ APTN)

(Newser) – Those of you who bet that it would be a little princess have just lost your money. The royal baby has been born, and it's a boy, the Guardian reports. "Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4:24pm," Kensington Palace announced in a statement about four hours after the fact. The statement is light in the details department (no name yet), but adds that "the Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth" of the child, who weighs 8lbs, 6oz. Both the royal family and Kate's not-as-royal Middleton family are "delighted with the news," the statement reads. Mom and baby are doing well, but won't leave the hospital until tomorrow.

The official notice, signed by the royal gynecologist and delivered from the hospital to the palace, has been placed on a gold easel outside Buckingham Palace, per tradition; the same easel was used to announce Prince William's birth in 1982. In the past, the easel served as the formal announcement of a royal birth, but the royal family decided to issue a press release first this time around, in order to carry things out "as quickly and simply as possible," palace officials explain. As for Prince Charles, he's quite pleased: "Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild," he says in a statement. "It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine." (Click for more on the swanky maternity ward where Kate gave birth.)

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Jul 23, 2013 12:03 PM CDT
Much to do about nothing! The parasite royal are tourist attractions otherwise they would be put the ax on traitor hill. God that sounds like a lousy life being one of them.
Jul 23, 2013 9:49 AM CDT
Just been announced !! he will be christened " Barrak Trayvon Hussein "
Jul 23, 2013 5:54 AM CDT
If it weren't for tourism the royals would be finished. They still haven't learned their lesson from the past. The Queen and "the firm" started making decisions about Kate's housekeeping chores without telling her in advance. Kate said no thanks and you can bet William won't side with grandma like Charles always did with Diana. The Queen gave an insufficient apology in 1997 and she still doesn't get it. The Queen should stick with her job and stop meddling.