Jubilation as Duchess gives birth to son

Kensington Palace has announced that The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy.

PA-16194678The new prince was born at at 4.24pm in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, central London, weighing 8lbs and 6ozs. The Duchess and her son are to stay in hospital overnight, Clarence House has confirmed. She was in labour for around 11 hours.

The Duke of Cambridge was present at the birth, and both mother and baby are said to be doing well.

For the legions of photographers camped outside of the hospital, it is been a long wait. The Duchess of Cambridge stopped official duties last month in anticipation of the birth, although her actual due date was never officially announced.

RAF search-and-rescue pilot Prince William has been on standby at his north-Wales base, ready to fly back to London to be at his wife’s side. The couple made a discreet arrival at St Mary’s in the early hours of the morning when The Duchess went into labour.

The announcement of the birth was done in keeping with tradition, with a message attached to the railings outside Buckingham Palace. This year, however, Clarence House also tweeted the news.

Send your well wishes to The Duke and Duchess.