LONDON - Welcoming the first royal heir in three decades, congratulatory messages are flooding in from UK and around the world to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son, the third in line to the throne.
It is truly wonderful news. I am happy for them, for the family and for the whole country, Shaheen Chaudhry, the first Muslim and first Asian to be appointed High Sheriff of Bristol by the Queen, told The Bristol Post.
This is fantastic news which everyone can be happy about in what is a difficult time for people around the world.
Well wishers celebrated the birth of a new British prince after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy, the third in line to the British throne.
Thousands of well-wishers descended on Buckingham Palace after the news broke.
"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.
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".
Congratulatory messages flood after announcing the birth of the new prince.
"Michelle and I are so pleased to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the joyous occasion of the birth of their first child, US President Barack Obama said.
"We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings. The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations.
"Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince."
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper also welcomed the new heir.
"The arrival of the newest member of the Royal Family, a future sovereign of Canada, is a highly-anticipated moment for Canadians given the special and warm relationship that we share with our Royal Family, he said in a message cited by the BBC.
This new beginning reminds us of the remarkable and enduring relationship our country has enjoyed with generations of the Royal Family."
The arrival of the new baby has also generated headlines and celebrations around the world.
New Yorkers were informed of the news when it was tickered in lights at Times Square.
In London, Trafalgar Square was lit blue for a boy, while the BT Tower delivered the message: "It's a boy!".
At its peak, there were more than 25,000 tweets per minute about the royal baby's birth.
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