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Royal baby

File photo dated 06/12/12 of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leaving the King Edward VII hospital in London as the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St Mary's Hospital in London in the early stages of labour, Kensington Palace said today.

The birth of the royal baby

Palace officials say Prince William's wife Kate has given birth to a baby boy.

Officials said Monday the baby was born at 4:24 p.m. and weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces.

The infant will become third in line for the British throne after Prince Charles and William.

Kate checked into a private wing at St. Mary's Hospital in central London early Monday morning.

William spent the long hours of labor at her bedside. This is the couple's first child.(AP)