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.
When Britain’s royal baby is born, the announcement will be made with a bow both to tradition and modern technology.
Protocol requires that the queen be told first. Once that happens, an announcement will be posted in front of Buckingham Palace. At the same time, the monarchy’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts will announce the news online.
It could happen at any time now — Prince William’s wife Kate went into labor this morning.
The royal baby watch extends into the White House.
Spokesman Jay Carney says that President Barack Obama and his family, like many Americans, “wait with anticipation” for the birth of the British royal heir.
Carney tells reporters that the Obamas wish Prince William, his wife, Kate, and all of Britain well on the “pending momentous occasion.”
Carney isn’t commenting about what gift the Obamas plan to send the baby.