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The "Kate Wait" is Over...A Royal is Born

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(AP) -- Prince William, his wife Kate and their new baby boy have left a London hospital. The royal couple appeared happy and relaxed as they emerged from the hospital with the prince who is third in line to the British throne. It was the public's first glimpse of the boy who was born yesterday.

Kate told reporters, "It's very emotional. It's such a special time." She said, "I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like."

She then gave the baby to her husband, who said, "He's got her looks, thankfully." He added, "He's a big boy. He's quite heavy." And when he was asked about the baby's hair, he said, "He's got way more than me, thank God." William said he and his wife are still deciding what to name the baby.

They then re-entered the hospital to place the child in a car seat before re-emerging to get into an SUV. William then drove them away. Palace officials said they were headed to an apartment in Kensington Palace.

Today's much-anticipated appearance outside the hospital recalls a similar event three decades ago. Princess Diana and Prince Charles carried the newborn William out to pose for photographs on the same steps in 1982.

By Ed Laskos- FOX 11 Reporter

It's a boy and he is now third in line for the British Throne. Prince William's wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, going into labor early Monday morning London time. And, by mid-afternoon, a Prince is born at a healthy 8 pounds and 6 ounces. Our first public sighting of their Royal couple and their new baby could come as early as tomorrow.

The Royal Baby's name could be announced later this week. The top names by odds makers are George and James. There are celebrations all over the U.K. with reports, the British could spend as much as 100 million dollars on alcohol alone.

For more information on the Royal Family, here's a link to the media pack put out by Kensington Palace: Click Here

(FOX 11 / AP) It's a boy! Prince William's wife, Kate, has given birth to a prince, who is now third in line to the British throne.

The child was born Monday, after many Britons woke up to the news that Kate, also known as the Duchess of Cambridge, had gone into labor with the couple's first child.

The birth announcement, via a press release from Kensington Palace, said the boy was born at 4:24 p.m. weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. William was present for the birth, the statement said. The announcement did not include a name for the future monarch, though one is expected to be announced in the next few days.

"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight," it said. "Members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news."

The royal birth recalled that of the baby's father, William, in 1982, at the same central London hospital. Many remember the moment when he was carried out in his mother Princess Diana's arms with proud father Prince Charles at their side.

William and Kate's son is expected to follow Charles and William to the throne.

No one can tell what political and personal changes the intervening years will bring, but the baby can be expected to become the head of state of 16 countries, including Britain, Australia and Canada, and possibly the head of the Commonwealth, which covers 54 nations.

The child will also eventually become Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

The baby represents a living link to Britain's imperial history - the infant is the great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, who ruled at the peak of British power.

Many Britons had hoped that William and Kate would start a family shortly after their gala 2011 wedding, which drew a global television audience in the hundreds of millions.

The couple waited, however, until William was nearly finished with his military work as a search and rescue helicopter pilot based at an air base in a remote island off the coast of Wales.

That allowed Kate to ease into royal life, and to become more comfortable in the spotlight, before becoming a parent. It also allowed her to play a supporting role during Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations last summer.

The first months of her pregnancy were not easy, and she was hospitalized in early December with acute morning sickness that left her weak and dehydrated. She seemed to recover her stamina fairly quickly and made a series of public appearances until the final weeks before giving birth, drawing praise for her poise and good cheer.

The royal couple and their newborn are expected to spend much of their time in the coming years in renovated quarters at Kensington Palace, where William and Harry also spent much of their childhood.

Royal officials say Kate and William will try to give their child as normal an upbringing as possible. That may be challenging in an age when the British royals are treated as major world celebrities.

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