Get ready for a 62-gun salute, watch the water in the fountains turn blue, let the fireworks and street parties commence: The royal baby has arrived, and it's a boy. Prince William and Duchess Kate's first baby, a future monarch, was born today at 4:24 pm local time in London's private wing of St. Mary's Hospital, the palace announced. The announcement said the baby weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and William was present for the birth.
Mother and baby were both doing well, the announcement added. The name was not immediately announced and may not be known for up to a week.
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The news was supposed to be first announced in the traditional manner, on fancy paper with a Buckingham Palace letterhead on a gilded easel at the palace front gates. Instead, it went out by electronic press release first, to the royal Twitter feed and websites, and then proclaimed from every TV and computer screen in the country.