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LONDON — With royal fanfare tweeted instantly around the world, Buckingham Palace on Monday announced the birth of a boy to Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, placing a framed proclamation on an easel at the palace gates.
“Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4:24 today,” the statement proclaimed, more than four hours after the birth. “Her royal highness and the child are both doing well.”
A palace statement said the child weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces and that William had been present. No name was immediately announced. Mother and baby were to remain in the hospital overnight.
The child is third in line to the throne, following Prince Charles and Prince William.