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Kate Middleton Gives Birth to a Baby Boy

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Kate Middleton can no longer be dubbed "Waity Katie"!

The Duchess of Cambridge, 31, "safely delivered" a baby boy at St. Mary’s Hospital in London at 4:24 p.m. local time on July 22.

Prince William, 31, was by his wife's side for the natural delivery of their first child, and their bundle of joy weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces, said a press release issued by the royal family. The royal infant is third in line to the throne.

"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," said the statement. "Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight."

As for the baby name, it "will be announced in due course."

Proud grandfather Prince Charles issued his own statement following the big news, saying, "Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy.

"Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future."

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The weight and gender of the royal baby was announced on a sheet of paper displayed outside Buckingham Palace on …

It's been an exciting day for royal watchers. The Kensington Palace Press Office announced to the world media at 11:30 p.m. PT Sunday night — that's 7:30 a.m. Monday morning in London — that Middleton was headed to the hospital in the early stages of labor.

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"The Duchess traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge," Clarence House tweeted.

While Kate gave birth to a healthy baby boy, the Duchess of Cambridge had a rough start to her pregnancy.

After confirming Kate Middleton was pregnant on December 3, 2012, Prince William's wife was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or acute morning sickness.

Middleton kept her exact due date a secret, simply stating it was mid-July (her last official appearance was on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during a June 15 ceremony). Media started setting up outside St. Mary's Hospital on July 1 in preparation for the Duchess of Cambridge to give birth. The Great Kate Wait continued for over three weeks.

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