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It's A Boy! Future British King Born To Prince William, Kate Middleton

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A British royal heir has been born! Kate Middleton has given birth to her and Prince William's first child, a boy.

The 8-pound, 6-ounce boy was born at 4:24 p.m. Monday, or 11:24 a.m. Eastern time, FOX News has learned.

The birth announcement came initially via press release from Kensington Palace. It did not include a name for the future monarch, though one is expected to be announced in the next few days.

An official bulletin was soon posted on an easel in front of Buckingham Palace as many looked on.

"Her royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4:24 p.m. today," the announcement read." Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."

Their little one was slated to become third in line to inherit the British throne, after grandfather Prince Charles and dad Prince William, regardless of its gender – a first for the monarchy.

Excitement built Monday outside St. Mary's Hospital in London after Middleton was taken to the hospital early in the morning, evading the media by traveling without a police escort and entering the facility through a side door. She was admitted about 90 minutes after arriving.

The news delighted citizens and royal family fans, some of whom had been camping out for days.

Middleton gave birth after hours of labor in the same private wing where her husband and his brother, Prince Harry, were born.

The happy news was supposed to be posted immediately on Twitter but seemed to lag before appearing on the @BritishMonarchy account. Eventually, several posts from @ClarenceHouse showed there.

After the initial details, subsequent posts stated, "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 & families have been told and are delighted. ... Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight."

A photo of the announcement being placed on the easel by the queen's press secretary and a footman was then posted by the monarchy to Instagram.

And you can even send your congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses by signing the Google+ card.

Prince Charles issued a statement after the birth announcement that read, "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."

Charles added, "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."

Will and Kate say they did not find out their baby's gender ahead of time, and betting on everything from the future king or queen's weight to its hair color and name boomed as the world waited for the birth.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday's news of a royal birth is an important moment for the entire British nation.

"Well it is, it's wonderful news from St. Mary's Paddington, and I'm sure that right across the country and indeed right across the commonwealth people will be celebrating and wishing the royal couple well. 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've got a brand new baby boy."

"It's been a remarkable few years for our royal family – a royal wedding that captured people's hearts, that extraordinary, magnificent jubilee – and now this royal birth, all from a family that have given this nation so much incredible service. And they can know that a proud nation is celebrating with a very proud and happy couple tonight."

Meanwhile, on this side of the pond, Americans are celebrating the royal birth as well.

In Philadelphia, The Victorian Free House in Old City is holding a special "royal baby happy hour." The sign outside promises prices drop when Kate pops!

The British Pubs are offering some of England's favorite drinks for the special occasion.

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