As it happened: Reaction to new royal

Key points

  • The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a son
  • The baby weighed 8lbs 6oz and was born at 16:24 BST
  • The new baby is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William
  • A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are delighted."
  • Prime Minister David Cameron said: "The whole country will celebrate. They'll make wonderful parents."
  • US President Barack Obama said: "We wish them all the happiness parenthood brings."

Live text

Reporting:

  • Ian Westbrook 
  • Claudia Allen 
  • Jasmine Coleman 

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The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy. The baby was delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, weighing 8lb 6oz. You can follow all the reaction here.

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The official announcement of the birth has been posted on an easel in front of Buckingham Palace.

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The news came via an announcement from Kensington Palace. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

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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".

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Peter Hunt, Royal Correspondent

tweets: Kate and her baby son are both said to be doing well.

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Nicky, Dorset

texts: Congratulations to the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William on the safe arrival of a baby boy. Glad to hear they are doing well.

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Joanna Gosling, BBC News at Buckingham Palace

An enormous crowd here at the palace - people trying to make an orderly queue to have their photo taken with the official announcement. I don't know if they will all manage to get to the front!

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Cheers rang out outside Buckingham Palace when the news of the little boy's safe arrival spread. Crowds had gathered there since this morning's news that the Duchess had gone into labour.

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Daniel, Bridgend

texts: Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Hail to our future King!

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Prime Minister David Cameron

tweets: I'm delighted for the Duke and Duchess now their son has been born. The whole country will celebrate. They'll make wonderful parents.