Kate Middleton, Prince William leave hospital after welcoming baby boy

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Kate Middleton and Prince William proudly held their new bundle of joy as the couple left the hospital after welcoming a baby boy on Monday.

Prince William, wearing a simple blue suit, and the Duchess of Cambridge wearing a red dress with a white lace collar, waved to the hoards of media and royal watchers as they left the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s hospital.

Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn baby son as they leave the Lindo wing at St Mary's Hospital in London London, Monday, April 23, 2018. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth Monday to a healthy baby boy — a third child for Kate and Prince William and fifth in line to the British throne.

Britain’s Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn baby son as they leave the Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London London, Monday, April 23, 2018.  (AP)

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at [11:01 a.m.],” a tweet from Kensington Palace announced. “The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.”

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The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.

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“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” the tweet continued.

This is the third child for the royal couple.

Britain's Prince William arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte back to the Lindo wing at St Mary's Hospital in London London, Monday, April 23, 2018.

Britain’s Prince William arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte back to the Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London London, Monday, April 23, 2018.  (AP)

Prince William stepped out several hours after the child’s birth. He returned about 30 minutes later and reentered the hospital holding the hands of the couple’s two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Charlotte waved at the cameras before heading inside.

Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, who turns 3 next month, were born at the same hospital, as were William and his younger brother Prince Harry.

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and Prince William (right) are already parents to Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, almost 3.  (Reuters)

The baby is Queen Elizabeth II’s sixth great-grandchild and fifth in line to the throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father Prince William and the two older siblings.

The new arrival bumps Prince Harry to sixth place in the line of succession.

The 36-year-old Duchess of Cambridge carried out her last official engagement on March 22 before going on maternity leave.

As in her previous pregnancies, Kate suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness. Officials announced both her previous pregnancies before the traditional 12-week mark because she was too unwell to attend public engagements.

Royal fans John Loughrey, right, and Terry Hutt pose for a photo opposite the Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London London, Monday, April 23, 2018.  (AP)

Television crews, journalists and royal fans have set up camp outside the hospital for the “royal baby watch” since early April in anticipation of the arrival.

Many are betting on a traditional royal name for the baby, with bookmakers saying Arthur and James are the most popular guesses. The baby’s full title will be His Royal Highness, Prince (Name) of Cambridge.

Monday is St. George’s Day, England’s national day, but the baby is unlikely to be given the name since his older brother already has it.

The baby’s birth comes weeks before William’s younger brother, Harry, is set to marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19.

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