Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm. The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. 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.
Following a formal press release from Kensington Palace (below), the birth was then officially announced on an easel outside Buckingham Palace – as per royal tradition.
Notes to editors
1. The medical staff present were Mr Marcus Setchell, Surgeon-Gynaecologist, Mr Guy Thorpe-Beeston, Obstetrician and Dr Sunit Godambe, Consultant Neonatologist at St. Mary’s Hospital.
2. The names of the baby will be announced in due course.
3. The baby is third in the line of succession after His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge. He is styled His Royal Highness Prince [name] of Cambridge.
4. A formal notice of the birth will be posted on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
Britain’s Prince William has released a statement saying that he and Duchess Catherine "could not be happier" following the birth of their son on Monday. Also Prince Charles has revealed he is "overjoyed" by the birth of his first grandchild, the Prince of Cambridge, who was born to Duchess Catherine and Prince William.