Royal baby: Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a boy

The news was announced at Buckingham Palace on a notice placed on an easel. (Photo: Buckingham Palace)

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a boy and both are “doing well”, Kensington Palace has announced.

The baby, who becomes fifth in line to the throne, has not yet been named but weighed 8lbs 7oz.

Prince William was present for the birth, which took place at 11.01am at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

An official notice has been placed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace, in keeping with tradition.

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A Kensington Palace statement read: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.

“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.”

The Duchess was admitted to the hospital’s Lindo Wing earlier in the morning after showing signs of the early stages of labour.

The boy is the couple’s third child after Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and becomes the Queen’s great-grandson.

William and Kate chose not to find out the gender of the baby in advance.

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