The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed on Monday afternoon their first child, a son, at a London hospital.
He was probably one of the most awaited babies of the year, if not the decade. Prince William and Duchess Kate’s first baby boy came to the world today.
The birth was announced in a formal press release issued by Kensington Palace, which stated that the duchess “was safely delivered of a son” at 4:24 p.m., local time, weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz.
“The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth,” the statement added. “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.”
Mother and son are both doing well, the palace said, and will remain in the hospital overnight.
“We could not be happier,” Prince William said via a palace spokesperson. He will be spending the night at the hospital with his wife and new baby.
The announcement made the news around the world and was celebrated even in Lebanon, where according to Blogbaladi.com, the British embassy was distributing Meghleh (Lebanese sweets) to celebrate the birth of the baby boy, who will be third in line for the throne.