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It's a boy! UK's Kate gives birth to royal heir

By Gregory Katz

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:46 p.m. HST, Jul 22, 2013


LONDON » It's a boy!

Prince William's wife, Kate, has given birth to a prince, who is now third in line to the British throne.

The child was born today, after many Britons woke up to the news that Kate, also known as the Duchess of Cambridge, had gone into labor with the couple's first child.

The birth announcement, via a press release from Kensington Palace, said the boy was born at 4:24 p.m. weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. William was present for the birth, the statement said. The announcement did not include a name for the future monarch, though one is expected to be announced in the next few days.

"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight," it said. William also issued a brief statement, saying "we could not be happier."

Cries of joy erupted from the waiting crowd amassed near Buckingham Palace as the news came through, and hundreds of onlookers — some of whom had camped outside for hours — crushed against the palace's fences to catch a glimpse of the bulletin formally announcing the birth placed outside the palace's forecourt.

"It's a crazy atmosphere, everyone is getting very excited," said Andrew Aitchison, 47, outside the palace. "It's great to be part of history, to say we were here and saw it all happen."

William's father, Charles, and his wife, Camilla, spoke of their joy and pride in becoming grandparents for the first time.

"It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy," Prince Charles said in a statement. "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."

It could be some time before the baby's name is made public. When William was born, a week passed before his name was announced. Charles's name remained a mystery for an entire month.

The royal birth at central London's St. Mary's Hospital recalled that of the baby's father, William, in 1982, at the same 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.

William and Kate's son is expected to follow Charles and William to the throne.

The baby's gender had been of particular interest because the prospect of Kate's pregnancy had prompted a change to laws of succession to ensure that a daughter would not be passed over for the crown by a younger brother.

No one can tell what political and personal changes the intervening years will bring, but the baby can be expected to become the head of state of 16 countries, including Britain, Australia and Canada. The child will also eventually become Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

The little prince represents a living link to Britain's imperial history — the infant is the great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, who ruled at the peak of British power.

The couple waited, however, until William was nearly finished with his military work as a search and rescue helicopter pilot based at an air base in a remote island off the coast of Wales.

That allowed Kate to ease into royal life, and to become more comfortable in the spotlight, before becoming a parent. It also allowed her to play a supporting role during Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations last summer.

The first months of her pregnancy were not easy, and she was hospitalized in early December with acute morning sickness that left her weak and dehydrated. She seemed to recover her stamina fairly quickly and made a series of public appearances until the final weeks before giving birth, drawing praise for her poise and good cheer.

The royal couple and their newborn are expected to spend much of their time in the coming years in renovated quarters at Kensington Palace, where William and Harry also spent much of their childhood.

Royal officials say Kate and William will try to give their child as normal an upbringing as possible. That may be challenging in an age when the British royals are treated as major world celebrities.

"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight," it said. William also issued a brief statement, saying "we could not be happier."

Cries of joy erupted from the waiting crowd amassed near Buckingham Palace as the news came through, and hundreds of onlookers — some of whom had camped outside for hours — crushed against the palace's fences to catch a glimpse of the bulletin formally announcing the birth placed outside the palace's forecourt.

"It's a crazy atmosphere, everyone is getting very excited," said Andrew Aitchison, 47, outside the palace. "It's great to be part of history, to say we were here and saw it all happen."

William's father, Charles, and his wife, Camilla, spoke of their joy and pride in becoming grandparents for the first time.

"It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy," Prince Charles said in a statement. "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."

It could be some time before the baby's name is made public. When William was born, a week passed before his name was announced. Charles's name remained a mystery for an entire month.

The royal birth at central London's St. Mary's Hospital recalled that of the baby's father, William, in 1982, at the same 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.

William and Kate's son is expected to follow Charles and William to the throne.

The baby's gender had been of particular interest because the prospect of Kate's pregnancy had prompted a change to laws of succession to ensure that a daughter would not be passed over for the crown by a younger brother.

No one can tell what political and personal changes the intervening years will bring, but the baby can be expected to become the head of state of 16 countries, including Britain, Australia and Canada. The child will also eventually become Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

The little prince represents a living link to Britain's imperial history — the infant is the great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, who ruled at the peak of British power.

The couple waited, however, until William was nearly finished with his military work as a search and rescue helicopter pilot based at an air base in a remote island off the coast of Wales.

That allowed Kate to ease into royal life, and to become more comfortable in the spotlight, before becoming a parent. It also allowed her to play a supporting role during Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations last summer.

The first months of her pregnancy were not easy, and she was hospitalized in early December with acute morning sickness that left her weak and dehydrated. She seemed to recover her stamina fairly quickly and made a series of public appearances until the final weeks before giving birth, drawing praise for her poise and good cheer.

The royal couple and their newborn are expected to spend much of their time in the coming years in renovated quarters at Kensington Palace, where William and Harry also spent much of their childhood.

Royal officials say Kate and William will try to give their child as normal an upbringing as possible. That may be challenging in an age when the British royals are treated as major world celebrities.

"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight," it said. William also issued a brief statement, saying "we could not be happier."

Cries of joy erupted from the waiting crowd amassed near Buckingham Palace as the news came through, and hundreds of onlookers — some of whom had camped outside for hours — crushed against the palace's fences to catch a glimpse of the bulletin formally announcing the birth placed outside the palace's forecourt.

"It's a crazy atmosphere, everyone is getting very excited," said Andrew Aitchison, 47, outside the palace. "It's great to be part of history, to say we were here and saw it all happen."

William's father, Charles, and his wife, Camilla, spoke of their joy and pride in becoming grandparents for the first time.

"It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy," Prince Charles said in a statement. "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."

It could be some time before the baby's name is made public. When William was born, a week passed before his name was announced. Charles's name remained a mystery for an entire month.

The royal birth at central London's St. Mary's Hospital recalled that of the baby's father, William, in 1982, at the same 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.

William and Kate's son is expected to follow Charles and William to the throne.

The baby's gender had been of particular interest because the prospect of Kate's pregnancy had prompted a change to laws of succession to ensure that a daughter would not be passed over for the crown by a younger brother.

No one can tell what political and personal changes the intervening years will bring, but the baby can be expected to become the head of state of 16 countries, including Britain, Australia and Canada. The child will also eventually become Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

The little prince represents a living link to Britain's imperial history — the infant is the great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, who ruled at the peak of British power.

The couple waited, however, until William was nearly finished with his military work as a search and rescue helicopter pilot based at an air base in a remote island off the coast of Wales.

That allowed Kate to ease into royal life, and to become more comfortable in the spotlight, before becoming a parent. It also allowed her to play a supporting role during Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations last summer.

The first months of her pregnancy were not easy, and she was hospitalized in early December with acute morning sickness that left her weak and dehydrated. She seemed to recover her stamina fairly quickly and made a series of public appearances until the final weeks before giving birth, drawing praise for her poise and good cheer.

The royal couple and their newborn are expected to spend much of their time in the coming years in renovated quarters at Kensington Palace, where William and Harry also spent much of their childhood.

Royal officials say Kate and William will try to give their child as normal an upbringing as possible. That may be challenging in an age when the British royals are treated as major world celebrities.

Associated Press writer James Brooks in London contributed to this report.







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saywhatyouthink wrote:
It's good to be Royal.
on July 21,2013 | 10:26PM
bluebowl wrote:
Oh good a Leo.
on July 22,2013 | 06:11AM
cojef wrote:
Did Lady Camille predict the baby will be a Leo? Almost on the cusp, the 21st which would make it either the Cancer or Leo sign. Tough luck, the Leo's won, perhaps appropriate for a male heir.
on July 22,2013 | 10:01AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Leo's are smart handsome and very talented. WE also are photogenic and have great personalities.
on July 22,2013 | 11:56AM
allie wrote:
Sorry but I do not recognize kings or queens or princess. I am a proud Mandan. You can have your royalty.
on July 22,2013 | 02:20PM
loquaciousone wrote:
You needn't apologize for being a mad man. We welcome all in Hawaii Nei regardless of race, creed, and cultural deficiencies.
on July 22,2013 | 03:20PM
hanalei395 wrote:
And when this proud nobody leaves, there will be NO Aloha, ...and absolutely no leis. Just get the .... out
on July 22,2013 | 03:30PM
aomohoa wrote:
No one cares what you think, so don't be sorry. LOL
on July 22,2013 | 05:17PM
aomohoa wrote:
That was for allie, In case someone didn't know. This news won't be near a big of news as when aliie say she/he is leaving Hawaii for good and we will not she allie's comments ever again.
on July 22,2013 | 08:35PM
ryan02 wrote:
I remember a joke about Kate's pregnancy -- that the parents didn't care what gender the child would be, as long as it was healthy enough to never work a day in its life.
on July 22,2013 | 10:33AM
Ripoff wrote:
lol yup
on July 22,2013 | 11:24AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Plus, to procreate the next Royal.
on July 22,2013 | 11:32AM
likewise wrote:
We have them in the US too. Little Northbynorth West will never have to work or do anything productive in their life either. At least the royal addition can be expected to have some class and grace.
on July 22,2013 | 05:41PM
HLOEWEN wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on July 22,2013 | 11:35AM
lookup wrote:
True God is the only one worthy to be worshiped but the bible does speak of respecting authority and the Royal Family deserves the respect of not only that of the United Kingdom but that of the entire world. May God's rich blessings and protection surround the new Prince, his parents and the entire Royal Family. I pray that they will surrender all Glory to God and understand His will as well as follow God's will and plan for their lives and their country! In Jesus Precious Name, Amen
on July 22,2013 | 11:56AM
HLOEWEN wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on July 22,2013 | 01:45PM
IAmSane wrote:
wat.
on July 22,2013 | 02:24PM
aomohoa wrote:
Sound like a religious fanatic to me.
on July 22,2013 | 05:20PM
aomohoa wrote:
You seem awfully angry for a Christian and super judgmental..
on July 22,2013 | 05:19PM
loquaciousone wrote:
What's the big deal about the sex? What if the child wants to pursue a transgender life style later on in life.
on July 22,2013 | 11:53AM
allie wrote:
yikes!
on July 22,2013 | 02:21PM
mikethenovice wrote:
The world will end by then?
on July 22,2013 | 03:46PM
aomohoa wrote:
Another Religious fanatic or just negative? LOL
on July 22,2013 | 05:21PM
aomohoa wrote:
Over the top. Having a bad day? LOL
on July 22,2013 | 05:20PM
false wrote:
I really can'r believe the amount of people who really care about about this. I am glad a baby is healthy but other than that what's the big deal?
on July 22,2013 | 12:40PM
Ripoff wrote:
healthy baby...GOOD! But i agree who cares...
on July 22,2013 | 01:11PM
lookup wrote:
It is Good News! If you don't care then don't read the article. History in the making, there are many who care and this is certainly news worthy!
on July 22,2013 | 02:13PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Since you read the article, .... you cared.
on July 22,2013 | 02:18PM
aomohoa wrote:
Evidently the people in England care.
on July 22,2013 | 05:22PM
mitt_grund wrote:
There's this cult following and mystique that royals enjoy in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South/Southeast Asia. To most of us plain Americans, the royals mean little or nothing. In their part of the world, they are like the movie stars and athletes we worship here in the good ole USA. I knew a half-American/half-Indian (India) who followed British royalty comings and goings religiously despite the repression and discrimination her Indian father experienced under British rule. And believe it or not, there are people in the U.S. other than transplants who are obsessed with these royals.

Hope the kid gets a reasonable name or set of names.

Awfully long article, repeats itself after a while.


on July 22,2013 | 05:40PM
allie wrote:
agree
on July 22,2013 | 02:21PM
rayhawaii wrote:
Whoopideeeedoooooooo
on July 22,2013 | 01:10PM
allie wrote:
Royalty is unacceptable to me.
on July 22,2013 | 02:22PM
aomohoa wrote:
You are unacceptable to the residents of Hawaii. Your point? LOL
on July 22,2013 | 05:23PM
lookup wrote:
Well it's a good thing u don't live in England!
on July 22,2013 | 05:32PM
Mana07 wrote:
WHO CARES! The things people focus and obsess over...geeze.
on July 22,2013 | 01:37PM
lookup wrote:
Who is obsessing? Have a comment then express your self, leave good wishes, etc. Don't care then don't bother nobody cares that you don't care.
on July 22,2013 | 02:16PM
aomohoa wrote:
Good comment. Mahalo and aloha
on July 22,2013 | 05:24PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Congratulations! Good for them. It's really their business. Why should I envy a royal position that was based on the medieval days of corruption?
on July 22,2013 | 03:46PM
lookup wrote:
You shouldn't envy...just accept the Historical Fact!
on July 22,2013 | 05:34PM
likewise wrote:
Nothing wrong with celebrating good news regardless of nationality. It's a happy occasion. I am hoping (wishful thinking, I'm sure) that one of the names attached to the baby is Spencer. Wouldn't that be a nice nod to his departed Grandmother who changed the british royalty forever. James William Michael Spencer, yada, yada. Just throwing it out there.
on July 22,2013 | 05:49PM
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