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Royal Baby Born: Kate Middleton given birth to a baby boy

After weeks of anticipation and excitement among fans of the royal family over the arrival of a new heir to the British throne, Kensington Palace has announced that The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy.

The Royal Baby was born at 4:24 p.m. London time, about 10½ hours after Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, entered St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London.

Kensington Palace officials said the infant weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

The new baby -- the first for William and Kate, will be third in line to the British throne.

The royal couple's child will officially be known as His Royal Highness Prince [the baby's name] of Cambridge.

The title follows the dukedom bestowed on William by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, on his wedding day in 2011. Earlier this year, the queen issued a royal decree allowing this royal baby -- and all of William and Kate's children -- to be titled prince or princess. The decree said "that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour."
Following tradition, the public announcement of the House of Windsor’s newest arrival was withheld until the queen and senior members of the royal family were notified. It was then posted on paper on an easel at Buckingham Palace and on social media networks worldwide.

The child’s name could take much longer to be unveiled.