The Royal Baby Is Born! It's A...

Kate Middleton and Prince William are (finally!) parents to the newest heir to the throne. Here's what you need to know

The long-awaited royal baby has arrived, and...

It's a boy!

At about 4:24pm, London time, with Prince William at her side, Kate Middleton, 31, gave birth to His Royal Highness Prince of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. The royal baby was born in the same place where the late Princess Diana delivered Prince William 31 years ago.

The Royal Baby Is Born Weighing in at 8 Pounds, 6 Ounces

Crowds started to throng Buckingham Palace early in the morning to catch a glimpse of the birth announcement, which was be placed on an easel outside the palace gates. The baby's weight is 8 pounds, 6 ounces and time of birth was 4:24pm in London.

The news was also announced via the royal Twitter feed: "Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight." Another tweet revealed that: "The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry & families have been told and are delighted."  Shortly, the baby will be officially welcomed into the world with a 41-gun salute

The Royal Baby Boy Is Third in Line to the Throne

William, who's also known as the Duke of Cambridge, has taken two weeks of paternity leave to spend with the baby. No doubt the baby -- who is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William -- will also receive plenty of attention in the weeks to come from the grandparents. Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the baby will live with her parents in Bucklebury for the next few months, while William finishes up with the Royal Air Force. (His current tour as a search and rescue pilot ends later this summer.) The couple then plans to move into Kensington Palace.

Stay tuned for more!

Jennifer Graham Kizer is an Atlanta-based writer who covers pop culture and watches too much TV. Luckily, iVillage gives her an excuse to watch even more. Follow her on Google+.

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