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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, née Middleton, is a member of the British monarchy. She is the wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, who is second in line to the throne. Born on January 9, 1982, Catherine grew up in Chapel Row, a village near Newbury, Berkshire, England. She met Prince William in 2001 while studying Art History in Scotland at the University of St Andrews. They were married at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. On January 14, 2013, St James's Palace announced that the Duchess was expecting her first child in July 2013.

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Britain celebrates as Duchess Kate gives birth to baby boy

With the world's media camped outside London hospital, Kate produces royal heir

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 July, 2013, 1:55pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 July, 2013, 1:44am

Britain celebrated as Prince William’s wife Kate gave birth to a baby boy early on Tuesday morning Hong Kong time, their first child who will be third in line to the British throne, ending hours of fevered anticipation outside the London hospital where the child was delivered.

The baby was born with William at Kate’s side at 4.24pm London time on Monday (3.24am Hong Kong time) and weighed 3.8 kilogrammes (8lb 6oz).

Video: UK: Baby boy for William and Kate

“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,” Clarence House, Prince William’s office, said in a statement.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.”

The boy’s name will be announced in due course, the statement said but bookmakers make George the favourite name, followed by James.

As the birth was announced, a loud cheer went up from the well-wishers and media gathered outside St Mary’s Hospital in west London, where William was born to the late Princess Diana in 1982.

“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild,” Prince Charles, William’s father and heir to the throne, in a statement.

“It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy.”

He said he was enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time.

“We are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future,” he added.

The statement from Clarence House preceded the traditional announcement which saw an envelope containing the baby’s details taken from the hospital to Queen Elizabeth’s London residence, Buckingham Palace.

Aides then posted the information on a gold-coloured easel outside the main gates.

The royal couple, officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, had arrived at the hospital shortly before 6am and entered through a back door to avoid media camped outside the main entrance.

Kate and William, both aged 31, met when they were students at St Andrews University and were married in April 2011 in a spectacular wedding broadcast around the world.

The royal birth has provoked a similar frenzy, with national and international media keeping up a deluge of speculative reports throughout Monday from outside the hospital.

Crowds gathered outside the hospital and Buckingham Palace, eager to hear news of the birth.

“Right across the country and indeed right across the Commonwealth people will be celebrating and wishing the royal couple well,” Prime Minister David Cameron told waiting reporters in Downing Street.

Right across the country and indeed right across the Commonwealth people will be celebrating and wishing the royal couple well
Prime Minister David Cameron

“It is an important moment in the life of our nation but I suppose above all it’s a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who got a brand new baby boy. It’s been a remarkable few years for our royal family.”

The baby arrives at a time when the royal family is riding a wave of popularity. An Ipsos Mori poll last week showed 77 per cent of Britons were in favour of remaining a monarchy over a republic, close to its best-ever level of support.

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johnrai7
Yes, one good thing is they gave chance for Chinese refugee to come in HK and gave opportunity to be what HK is today and also make some moron like you ;)
honkiepanky
Why, in 2013, is this the top story in an HK newspaper?
KwunTongBypass
And in China there will be a thriving multi-party political scene, free press and media, clean air, beautiful rivers to swim in, and 100,000s of Westerners queuing for a residence permit - and Hong Kongers already preparing for 2047 when they finally become fully part of it. Great! Looking forward!
daily
The world is overreacting to such a measly issue........this newborn will have no impact on the world whatsoever, just like the British Monarchy.........all the Queen and her family does is sit around living off taxpayer's money and waving their hands whenever they are in public...........Can someone name one good thing that the British Monarch has done for the world?
bolshoi
@johnrai7: Sheer nonsense, full stop. The clown here is you. The Brits were thieves to say the best.
bolshoi
@johnrai7: Headline or not - I couldn't care less about this boy. I am certain most residents on Planet Earth would agree with me. Btw, I didn't read the so-called news above. And btw, if you want to pretend you are a loyal British subject, improve your English first.
evanslym
Come on people, there are people dying in an earthquake in Gansu! Can we have some real news already?
jayb
if you believe Goldman Sach's projection, by the time this guy become 30 (2043), china's GDP will be at least equal to US, the "center" of the world will be asia, not US/Europe. caucasian whites (inclusive of all white people in europe, americas, australia) will represent 10% of world demography. a white king/prince is irrelevant to colored people of asia, africa and rest of world.
pslhk
A positivist humanist,
I celebrate all births
in the constant hope
that the next betters the present.
in equality and wisdom
-
A republican would ask,
what the heck?
this seems like a practical Halloween
some mass hallucination over a great mischief

johnrai7
Dumbo, its not the top story, its the headline across the globe and you can see how this small Royalties can influence the world. That's powerful!

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