LONDON - Spreading joy across Britain, the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy who will be third in line to the British throne.
"Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm today, a bulletin signed by the Queen's gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who led the medical team that delivered the baby, was quoted by the BBC on Monday, July 22.
"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."
The baby was delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London.
Announcing the news, the Kensington Palace issued a press release saying the Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth of his son, who will be known as the Prince of Cambridge and who is third in line to the throne.
"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," it said.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said the names of the baby - who was delivered in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's - would be announced in due course.
The Prince of Wales, in a separate statement, said he and the Duchess of Cornwall were "overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild.
"It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy," he added.
"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."
Prime Minister David Cameron also hailed the "wonderful news".
"It is an important moment in the life of our nation but I suppose, above all, it's a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who've got a brand new baby boy," he added.
He said the Royal Family could "know that a proud nation is celebrating with a very proud and happy couple tonight".
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