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Royal baby: Prince Charles feels 'great joy' for new grandson

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Media captionThe King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute from Hyde Park

The Prince of Wales has said it is "a great joy" to have another grandchild, adding "I don't know how I am going to keep up with them".

Gun salutes across London have marked the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child.

The couple's second son was born on Monday at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, London, weighing 8lb 7oz.

The new prince, whose name has yet to be revealed, has been receiving his first visitors at Kensington Palace.

His arrival was celebrated with traditional gun salutes from the Tower of London and Hyde Park, which are used to mark every birth of a prince or princess.

Westminster Abbey also marked the occasion with bell ringing - a tradition for significant royal occasions.

Catherine's sister Pippa was among the first visitors to Kensington Palace, where she met her nephew for the first time.

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Image caption Pippa Middleton was among the first to visit the new prince
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Image caption The Honourable Artillery Company fire a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London
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Image caption The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun salute from Hyde Park

In a statement released by Clarence House, Prince Charles said: "We are both [the Duchess of Cornwall and I] so pleased at the news.

"It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don't know how I am going to keep up with them."

The palace said a name would be revealed in due course but for the time being a formal notice of the birth of the child has been placed on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Arthur, James, Philip and Albert are among the bookies' favourites.

The prince's siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, visited their younger brother in hospital on Monday.

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The duchess was admitted to the Lindo Wing at about 06:00 BST on Monday with the birth being announced shortly after 13:00 BST.

Crowds had gathered outside the hospital in Paddington, with some well-wishers having camped out for more than two weeks.

As Prince William left with his new son, he said the couple were very happy and joked he would have "thrice the worry now".

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Image caption While the new prince settled into life as a royal
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Image caption Prince William brought Charlotte and George to meet their younger brother
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Image caption Shortly after the couple were greeted by a smiling and cheering crowd as they left hospital

In 2013, the law changed which allows Princess Charlotte to keep her place as fourth in line to the throne.

Before, younger royal males would have overtaken their older sisters.

Will the new prince be king?

To become King or Queen as the third-born royal child is rare - and has yet to happen within the current House of Windsor.

But the third child of George III and Queen Charlotte, William IV, took on the task and ruled from 1830 to 1837.

The Hanoverian king acceded to the throne aged 64 when his older brother, George IV, died without an heir.

He became next in line when he was 62 and his other older brother, Frederick, Duke of York, died.

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