- (Reuters/Dylan Martinez)
The world's media is eagerly awaiting Prince William and Kate Middleton to emerged from a London hospital to show their newborn baby boy off to the world. Coverage from the hospital can be watched through free live stream (details below).
Kate Middleton gave birth to a royal baby boy late on Monday afternoon, and although a name has not been announced yet, the royal couple are expected to emerge from the hospital late on Tuesday as they take their newborn prince home.
It is reported that hundreds of reporters, photographers and world media representatives have gathered outside the hospital entrance awaiting the prince and duchess to emerge.
Earlier on Tuesday Prince William's father, Prince Charles, visited the couple and his new grandson in the hospital. He came out after seeing them and said that he was delighted to be a grandfather and that the parents and baby were all doing fantastically. He also dropped a big hint, saying that everyone would get to see the baby "in a minute," indicating that the royal couple were planning to come out sometime soon with their baby boy.
The world's media and royal fans have been trying to guess what name would be given to the new baby, and at the moment names that have topped the list are George, James, Alexander, Henry and Albert.
Michael is also another front runner for being one of the middle names – Kate Middleton's father's name.
Kate Middleton gave birth to a healthy baby boy yesterday at 4:24 PM BT, weighing 8 lbs 16 oz, at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital.
A 41-gun salute was held by The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery at Green Park in London to mark the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's child today. The Honorable Artillery Company also fired a 62-gun salute from Gun Wharf at the Tower of London at the same time. The church bells of Westminster Abbey also rang out for three hours.
A spokesman for the Kensington Palace has said, "Mother, son and father are all doing well this morning."
Meanwhile, the new parents released a statement thanking staff at St. Mary's Hospital. "We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received. We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone - staff, patients and visitors - for their understanding during this time."
President Obama congratulated the couple, tweeting: "So pleased to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the joyous occasion of the birth of their first child."
The royal family released statements on the joyous birth of the Prince, with his father Prince William saying, "We could not be happier."
The palace released a statement saying that the Duchess and the baby are "doing well" and will stay in the hospital overnight.
Clarence House tweeted: "The Queen and Prince Philip are delighted at the news of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby."
Prince Charles of Wales also said in a statement: "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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