It’s a boy! Palace announces birth of royal heir

Posted on: 6:25 pm, July 19, 2013, by , updated on: 03:54pm, July 22, 2013

Will and Kate baby

LONDON– It’s official; the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a healthy baby boy.

Kensington Palace made the announcement about the child’s birth around 2:30 p.m. central time on Monday afternoon.

The birth announcement says the new royal weighs 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

The Duchess of Cambridge was in labor for nearly 14 hours before the announcement was made.

NBC will air a special report Monday, July 22nd, 9:00 – 10:00 PM CT. Dateline NBC: A Royal Prince. (This will be a special edition of Dateline replacing the show Siberia)

The little bundle of joy will be the third in line to the throne, following his father, Prince William.

The duchess and Prince William headed to St. Mary’s Hospital from Kensington Palace around 7:30 a.m. Monday morning.

The hospital is the same place where Princess Diana gave birth to William and Prince Harry.

The baby’s name was not announced when the notice was posted.

Experts say the royal family could announce the child’s name when they are leaving the hospital, which is what happened with Prince Harry.

However, Prince William’s name was announced a few days after his birth.

St. James’s Palace announced that the child’s title will be His Royal Highness Prince (the baby’s name) of Cambridge.

Watch more on the announcement from London.

Kate’s pregnancy had the world buzzing as everyone awaited the little prince.

In fact, Londoners even took to betting on baby names.