The Duchess of Cambridge was hoping for a son and her wish has come true, after she gave birth to a baby boy this afternoon.
The baby weighed 8lbs 6oz and was born at 4.24pm, the palace said.
„Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight,“ Kensington Palace said in a statement.
„The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. 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.“
The Prince of Wales said that he was „enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time“, adding that it was „an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine“.
David Cameron said in a statement: „I’m delighted for the Duke and Duchess now their son has been born. The whole country will celebrate. They’ll make wonderful parents.“
The official notice of birth was taken from St Mary’s Hospital and has been placed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace.
Well-wishers from around the globe screamed with excitement as news of the birth of the royal baby spread to Buckingham Palace.
One man shouted: „It’s a boy,“ prompting crowds to erupt into spontaneous cheering, ahead of the easel being placed in the forecourt.
Three were three cheers of „hip hip hooray,“ as the crowd outside the palace gates swelled to more than 10 deep.
Many had been waiting patiently for confirmation of the birth ever since news of the Duchess going into labour this morning.
The new royal baby is third in line to the throne and a future king. A great-grandchild to the Queen – her third – the newborn will also one day be crowned sovereign.
If the baby follows after the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge as king, he will be the 43rd monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England.
The baby’s uncle, Prince Harry, now moves to fourth in line to the throne, while the Duke of York shifts down to fifth and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to sixth and seventh place.