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The Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton) has given birth to a healthy baby boy after 11 hours of labor.
In a small break with tradition, the news of the baby’s birth was initially announced via email, though it was promptly followed up with a more traditional notice placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. Written on official palace notepaper, the announcement simply stated that “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24 pm today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” and it was signed by members of the Duchess’ medical team.
The baby’s name has not yet been announced and may not be for some time. In accordance with Queen Elizabeth II’s recent Letters Patent regarding the styles and titles of members of the Royal Family, the baby will be known as “His Royal Highness Prince [Name] of Cambridge.”
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would have been the first to have been notified of the baby’s arrival, and a spokesman for Buckingham Palace has said that they are “delighted” at the news.
The baby’s paternal grandfather, the Prince of Wales, released a statement saying that “[b]oth my wife and I are 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.”
Prime Minister David Cameron also expressed his congratulations. “It’s wonderful news from St Mary’s Paddington, and I’m sure that right across the country, and indeed right across the Commonwealth, people will be celebrating and wishing the Royal couple well. It is an important moment in the life of our nation, and I suppose above all it is a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who have got a brand new baby boy.”
As is customary with royal births, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park, while the Honorable Artillery Company will fire a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London. The Union Flag will also be flown on all government buildings to mark the occasion.
The public will likely get their first glimpse of the royal baby when the Duchess of Cambridge leaves the hospital. She will likely pose for a photo in the same place where Diana, Princess of Wales first revealed the infant Duke of Cambridge to the world back in 1982.
The next milestone in Baby Cambridge’s life will be his christening. No date has been set yet, but it is likely to take place when the Royal Family returns from their summer break in Scotland.