Kate Middleton gives birth to a baby boy

Britain's Prince WiIliam, the Duke of Cambridge, (L) poses for pictures with his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as they leave the King Edward VII hospital in central London, on December 6, 2012. Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine left a London hospital on Thursday, four days after she was admitted for treatment for acute morning sickness. AFP PHOTO/Leon NealLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

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Prince WiIliam and Kate William are now parents to a baby boy.

It’s a boy!

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have welcomed a baby boy who is now third in line to the throne, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

The royal baby, weighing in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces, arrived at 4:24 p.m. Monday.

Members of the media shelter under umbrellas from the sun as they wait outside St Mary's hospital.

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Members of the media shelter under umbrellas from the sun as they wait outside St Mary’s hospital.

“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry & families have been told and are delighted,” Clarence House confirmed via Twitter, adding that Prince William was present for the birth. “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.”

PHOTOS: ROYAL BABY WATCH TAKES OVER LONDON

Middleton, 31, was ushered into London’s St. Mary’s Hospital just before 6 a.m., using a rear entrance to sneak past the hundreds of royal watchers camped around the building.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth returns in a car to Buckingham Palace in London on Monday.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth returns in a car to Buckingham Palace in London on Monday.

It’s the same hospital where Princess Diana gave birth to William in 1982 and his brother Harry two years later.

The royal baby was welcomed into the world in style — in a $ 1,500 private room at the hospital’s Lido Wing that had been set aside for the entire month for the Duchess’ personal use.

Prince Charles issued a statement saying, “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.

Members of the public pictured outside Buckingham Palace ahead of the arrival of the royal baby.

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Members of the public pictured outside Buckingham Palace ahead of the arrival of the royal baby.

PHOTOS: KATE MIDDLETON’S ROYAL MATERNITY STYLE

“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.”

Following news of the baby’s arrival, eager fans rushed to the gates of Buckingham Palace.

Kate Middleton and Prince William stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15.

Until the delivery, William and Kate reportedly didn’t know the gender of the child, and most other details around the pregnancy were shrouded in secrecy.

Buckingham Palace even issued a private cellphone with an encrypted signal to call Middleton’s personal doctor, Marcus Setchell, once contractions set in, US Weekly reported.

PHOTOS: KATE MIDDLETON’S ROYAL MATERNITY STYLE

The Duchess of Cambridge went into labor early Monday morning.

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The Duchess of Cambridge went into labor early Monday morning.

Though the due date was never disclosed, many estimated that it was on or around July 13, so Middleton was overdue.

And as the days dragged on and excitement grew, NBC “Today” show reporter Natalie Morales was photographed knitting baby booties to kill time in the media bullpen set up outside the hospital.

Even Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles seemed impatient for their royal grandchild to be born.

“I would very much like it to arrive,” the queen said Wednesday during a visit with children. “I’m going on holiday.”

Charles also poked fun while in York Monday: “I’m very grateful indeed for the kind wishes for my rather slowly-approaching grandfatherhood.”

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