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Kate Middleton gives birth to baby boy

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UPDATED 8:42 P.M.: It’s a boy!

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton Monday gave birth to an 8 pound, 6 ounce baby boy at 4:24 p.m., with Prince William by her side throughout the birth, officials said.

“We could not be happier,” Prince William said in a brief statement, after he witnessed the birth of his son at 4:24 p.m., an event that sparked an international media frenzy and the illumination of London landmarks in blue.

His office said Kate and the baby, to be publicly named at a later date, were both doing well and would stay in hospital overnight.

Prince William called his grandmother the queen to give her the news, and also contacted his father Prince Charles and brother Prince Harry, all of whom were said to be delighted.

The baby boy is third in line to the British throne, after Princes Charles and William, and his birth was met with raucous cheers outside the palace gates, where a massive crowd of media and well-wishers had accumulated throughout the day.

Across the Atlantic, New Yorkers and English transplants were hosting their own celebration of the newborn’s arrival.

On Greenwich Avenue, a block populated by a trio of British restaurants known to regulars as “Little Britain,” employees and patrons hung red and blue banners, waved miniature British flags and popped bottles of champagne.

Inside Tea & Sympathy, server Haley Simmonds awaited her mother’s updates from London, and as soon as the news arrived, she taped a sign that read “It’s a boy” in the storefront window.

Inside Cole’s, a British restaurant two doors down, bartenders started preparing “Royal Baby Cocktails” to dole out to their guests.

“We’re going to get drunk! That’s what Brits do,” said Tristan Layton, who lives in the Village. “But seriously, I mean this is our future king. It’s very emotional for us.”

The excitement spread quickly as patrons began to gather along the sidewalks outside, making predictions for the newborn’s name.

“It’s definitely going to be a traditional, but he’ll have a nickname that will be slightly less traditional,” said Terry Dupra, 66, a neighborhood regular who has previously lived in London.

“Girl or boy, it didn’t matter. It’s simply delightful news,” she said. "

(with Reuters)

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