The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, safely gave birth to a baby boy at 4.24:p.m London time Monday with the baby, who is third in line to the British throne, weighing eight pounds and six ounce.
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, was present for the birth.
The Duchess went into labour early yesterday morning.
A statement from Kensington Palace confirmed that William and Kate had travelled to central London at about 6:a.m. London time.
The Duchess gave birth in the private Lindo Wing of the hospital where Princess Diana gave birth to Princes William and Harry, ctvnews.ca reported.
The baby’s birth, followed a weeks-long stakeout by the world’s media outside the hospital, which set up a holding pen for reporters and cameras across the road from the hospital’s entrance.
Days before the birth, empty camera tripods stood in rows behind temporary fencing and orange cones, which kept reporters off the street and away from the front door.
This is the first child of the Duke and Duchess, who were married on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey in a ceremony attended by celebrities, prime ministers and royals from around the world.
Thousands of people lined the streets between the Abbey and Buckingham Palace to get a glimpse of them who famously kissed on the palace balcony for the cheering crowd.
The pair met in 2001 when they were students at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland, where they were housemates and friends before a romance blossomed.
Their on-and-off relation-ship was breathlessly chronicled by the British media before William finally proposed on a trip to Kenya in 2010.
The couple formally announced their engagement to the press at St. James’s Palace on November 16, 2010, when the bride-to-be then revealed for the first time that she would wear the engagement ring given by Prince Charles to Princess Diana.
Pregnancy speculation began almost immediately after the nuptials, and on December 3, 2012, St. James’s Palace announced that the Duchess was expectant.
This is the third great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth II, who is great-grandmother to Savannah and Isla Phillips, daughters of Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips, and his Canadian wife, Autumn.
Peter’s sister, Zara, also recently announced that she and her husband, a rugby player, Mike Tindall, were expecting a baby next year.
William and Kate’s first born will become third in line to the British throne, after Prince Charles and Prince William.