IT'S A FUTURE KING FOR KATE.

THE NEWS CAME BY PRESS RELEASE MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE DUTCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE HAS GIVEN BIRTH TO A BOY. EIGHT POUNDS. SIX OUNCES.

CHEERS ERUPTED OUTSIDE THE LONDON HOSPITAL WHERE KATE ARRIVED in the EARLY MORNING HOURS AFTER GOING INTO LABOR.

THE BOY'S FATHER, PRINCE WILLIAM WAS SAID TO BE PRESENT AT THE BIRTH. THE YET-TO-BE NAMED CHILD IS THIRD IN LINE FOR THE BRITISH THRONE--FOLLOWING PRINCE CHARLES, AND HIS SON WILLIAM.

NOT LONG AFTER THE BUZZ BROKE ON THE BIRTH--OFFICIALS WERE SEEN LEAVING THE HOSPITAL TO DELIVER THE FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO BUCKINGHAM PALACE.

A SHORT WHILE LATER, THAT ANNOUNCEMENT WAS POSTED ON AN EASEL OUTSIDE THE PALACE--ALERTING THE WORLD.

KATE AND THE BABY ARE EXPECTED TO STAY IN THE HOSPITAL OVERNIGHT--SO THE WORLD WILL have TO WAIT TO GET A GLIMPSE OF THE TINY PRINCE.

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