The royal baby is here: Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son Monday afternoon (July 22) in London.
The former Kate Middleton gave birth at 4:24 p.m. local time. The prince, whose name isn’t known yet, weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces, per the official announcement from the royal office.
“The Duke of Cambridge [Prince William] was present for the birth,” the royal family’s statement reads. “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh [Prince Philip], [Charles] The Prince of Wales, [Camilla] The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry & families have been told and are delighted. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.”
CNN reports the duchess delivered naturally.
Prince Charles says in a statement of his own, “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.”
The baby will be known as the Prince of Cambridge. The official birth announcement left St. Mary’s Hospital in London at 8:35 p.m. to make its way to Buckingham Palace, where it will be posted on an easel at the palace gate. It arrived at the palace about 10 minutes later.
The birth of a boy is, at least according to oddsmakers, is something of a surprise. Bookies — who have been taking every conceivable bet on the royal birth — were putting shorter odds on the baby being a girl. The favored boy names among bettors are George, Charles and Philip — the names of the prince’s great-great-grandfather, grandfather and great-grandfather.
The prince shares a birthday with, among others, Selena Gomez, Bob Dole, Alex Trebek and Danny Glover.