It's a boy, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have their first child

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Monday, July 22, 2013 - 2:09pm

It's a boy! Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William on Monday welcomed their first child.

The baby boy was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. A name has not yet been announced for the child, who is now third in line to the throne.

Earlier in the day, the duchess and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital.

The hospital, next to Paddington Station in London, is where William and his brother Prince Harry were born.

The duchess' mother, Carole Middleton, was expected to be on hand at the hospital.

The baby's name may be announced when the family leaves the hospital, CNN royal correspondent Max Foster reported. Prince William's name was announced a few days after birth, his brother Harry's on departure from hospital.

Some British parents have delayed naming their newborns in recent days in hopes of either copying or avoiding the royal name, he said.

British bookmakers favor the names Alexandra, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Victoria, Grace, James and George. The field is open for both boys' and girls' names because royal sources said the parents did not want to know their child's sex in advance.

The child's title will be His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess (the baby's name) of Cambridge, St. James's Palace said this month.

 

ORIGINAL: Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in the early stages of labor, Buckingham Palace announced early Monday morning.

The duchess and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital, his office at Clarence House announced.

The hospital, next to Paddington Station in London is where William was born, as was his brother, Harry.

It could be 10 days before the baby's name is announced. British bookmakers favor the names Alexandra, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Victoria, Grace, James and George. The field is open for both boys' and girls' names because royal sources said the parents did not want to know their child's sex.

When the time comes, the title will be His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess (the baby's name) of Cambridge, St. James's Palace said this month.

The duchess' mother, Carole Middleton, was expected to be on hand at the hospital.

But Home Secretary Theresa May said she won't be there. Centuries ago, she explained, "the home secretary had to be there to evidence that it was genuinely a royal birth and that a baby hadn't been smuggled in." But she said that requirement is defunct.

Protocol dictates that the first to know about the arrival of the baby will be Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister David Cameron and the governors general of each of the commonwealth nations -- along with the rest of the royal and Middleton families.
 

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