Welcome to the world little Prince!

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by Melissa D. Jaramillo

Buckingham Palace Gates

We are very pleased to share the announcement of Great Britain's newest PRINCE – name yet to be proclaimed. Congratulations to Kate and William! @Clarence House has released the following details via Twitter:

"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24 p.m.

The baby weighs 8 lbs. 6 oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth."

The statement went on to share "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." "Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight."

The news was made public with a mix of tradition and updated technology. Royal protocol deemed that a signed notice was hand delivered to Buckingham Palace where it was posted by a royal aide on an easel just outside the gates – just as we learned of Prince William's birth 31 years ago. At the same time, the modern era crept in as the news also went out via Twitter, email, and as a notice on the website.

Labor

The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) arrived at St. Mary's Hospital accompanied by her husband, Prince William, shortly before 1:00 a.m. Eastern (6:00 a.m. BST). Her mom Carole and sister Pippa Middleton were expected to attend the birth. Kate was planning a natural birthing experience. At this time those particulars remain unknown.

The new Prince will be third in line to the throne of Great Britain – bumping Uncle Harry. The future monarch is guaranteed his place in line behind grandfather, Prince Charles, and dad, Prince William. Queen Elizabeth II has been reigning now for a whopping 61 years! This bouncing baby boy is officially her third great-grandchild. William seems fond of his grandmother. One can only imagine what stories she will have to share with this little one!

The Royal grandpa weighs in

Prince Charles released this statement regarding the birth:

"Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy."

"Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone's life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future," Prince Charles stated.

It may be a while before we learn the baby's name. He will bear the title "His Royal Highness Prince (the baby's name) of Cambridge"… quite a mouthful! The world is hoping to get our first peek soon as the new 'mum' and dad leave the hospital.

Paternity Leave

Prince William will be the first of the top British royals to be awarded two weeks of statutory paternity leave since it was introduced in 2003. We're certain that he will enjoy snuggling his newborn while taking a break from his job as a Search-and-Rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force.

Going home

The new Prince will have a waiting game before he is able to catch some zzz's in his personal nursery. Certainly the family must be ready for construction to be completed on their apartment at Kensington Palace. In the meantime, Kate may move in temporarily with her parents.

While pregnancy gives you time to try to prepare, Kate and William will find that the realities of parenthood are far different than anticipated. We've compiled several resources to help them (and any other new parents!) through the basics of the first six weeks:

Congratulations again to the happy royals! Every birth is 'cause for celebration – but today we are enjoying a bit of nostalgic 'happily ever after'.