Royal Arrival: It's a Boy! (PHOTOS)
It's here! The royal baby, that is.
The royal family announced that after hours of labor, Kate Middleton gave birth to a healthy baby boy in a London hospital on Monday. He was born on 4:24 p.m. local time. But, we'll have to continue waiting for official word on the royal heir's actual name.
Hopefully London and the world over can take a collective sigh of relief following the baby's long-anticipated arrival. But for those of us still wanting a little more, check out some photos from Prince William and the duchess's marriage and pregnancy!
Plus, stay tuned to Fox News Channel and keep refreshing this article for updates and reaction from London and around the world.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has issued a short line reacting to the birth of his son: "We could not be happier."
Below is a press release announcing the little boy's birth:
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm.
The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz.
The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. 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.
ABOVE: This Friday, April 29, 2011 file photo shows Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, as they kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey. People love the wedding kiss, and they have definite opinions about how a couple should seal the deal. (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool, File) For more on William and Kate's road to the alter, click here.
ABOVE: Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, smile as they watch a shark ceremony as they arrive at Marapa Island, Solomon Islands, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, Pool)
ABOVE: Prince William, right, and wife Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, watch track cycling at the velodrome during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
ABOVE: Britain's Kate the Duchess of Cambridge arrives with her husband Prince William and his brother Prince Harry, not pictured, to attend the inauguration of "Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden" near Watford, approximately 18 miles north west of central London, Friday, April 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, Pool)
ABOVE: Britain's Prince Harry, left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, center, and Prince William, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping The Colour parade, in London, Saturday, June 15, 2013. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her birthday with traditional pomp and circumstance. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) Check out the royal traditions William and Kate are expected to follow in the wake of the birth of their heir.
ABOVE: President and CEO of Princess Cruises Alan Buckelew escorts Britain's Duchess of Cambridge during the Princess Cruises ship naming ceremony to officially name the new Royal Princess cruise liner at a gala ceremony, in Southampton, England, Thursday June 13, 2013. It is expected to be her final planned solo event before the birth. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, Pool)
ABOVE: British police officers guard the entrance to St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Saturday, July 13, 2013. Media are preparing for royal-mania as Britain's Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth to the new third-in-line to the throne in mid-July, at the Lindo Wing. Cameras from all over the world are set to be jostling outside for an exclusive first glimpse of Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's first child. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
ABOVE: A bookmaker agency employee poses for the photographers with a board of odds regarding the royal baby's name, as part of a publicity stunt, across St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Media are preparing for royal-mania as Britain's Duchess of Cambridge plans to give birth to the new third-in-line to the throne in mid-July, at the Lindo Wing. Cameras from all over the world are set to be jostling outside for an exclusive first glimpse of Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's first child.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
ABOVE: Royal supporter John Loughrey poses with royal baby memorabilia as he waits across the street from St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Thursday, July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/James Brooks)
ABOVE: Cards depicting the 'royal baby', either as a boy or a girl, specially made by a games company as a publicity stunt are pictured, backdropped by members of the media waiting across the St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Thursday, July 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Look Back at William and Kate’s Love Story
Martha MacCallum took a look back at William and Kate’s love story. From their initial meeting at St. Andrews University in 2001 to a 2007 breakup, take a look at the romance that has captivated the world’s attention.
Below are more highlights courtesy of the Associated Press.
--Sept. 2001: Prince William and Kate Middleton meet at St Andrews University in Scotland where they are both studying art history.
--Christmas 2003: The pair reportedly become a couple after sharing a house together with two friends. In March they are pictured together on a skiing holiday in Switzerland.
--Nov. 16, 2010: William and Kate's engagement is announced by Clarence House officials. The prince proposed to Kate while on a private holiday to Kenya the previous month.
--April 29, 2011: The pair wed in a lavish ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey. William is made the Duke of Cambridge by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and Kate becomes the Duchess of Cambridge.
--Dec. 3, 2012: The palace announces that Kate is pregnant and being treated in hospital for acute morning sickness. Kate is discharged from the hospital after three nights, telling reporters she is feeling "much better." The palace later announces that the baby is due in July.
--Feb. 5: The couple holiday on the Caribbean island of Mustique with Kate's parents.
--March 5: Kate apparently lets slip that she is expecting a daughter on a solo visit to Grimsby. Accepting a teddy bear from a member of the public, she apparently replies: "Oh, is this for our d...? Thank you so much." The possible slip of the tongue prompts a wave of betting on a royal daughter.
--March 17: Kate tells a soldier at a St Patrick's Day parade that they do not know the sex of the child, but says she would like a boy and William a girl.
--March 20: Kate given a "Baby on board" badge when she joins the Queen and Prince Philip at Baker Street underground station to mark the 150th anniversary of the Tube.
--May 11: Kate and William attend William van Cutsem and Rosie Ruck Keene's wedding in Oxfordshire, England. The pair reportedly take to the dance floor despite Kate being seven months pregnant.
--June 4: William and Kate return to their wedding venue at Westminster Abbey when they join the royal family for a service marking the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation at Westminster Abbey.
--June 13: Kate carries out her final solo engagement before going on maternity leave when she names a new cruise liner -- the Royal Princess -- in Southampton.
--June 15: The Duchess makes her last scheduled public appearance before the birth at the Trooping the Color parade.
--June 19: It is confirmed Kate is planning to give birth at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, where Princess Diana gave birth to William and Prince Harry. It is reported Kate is hoping for a natural birth.
[Source: Associated Press: Key events in the relationship of Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge; 22 July 2013]
Fast Facts: Royal Traditions
William and Catherine may be modern parents but their child is set to be a future king or queen and certain traditions are expected following the birth of a new royal heir.
-- Once, the home secretary would have been expected to witness the birth to ensure the legitimacy of the heir. Fortunately for Catherine this tradition ended with the birth of Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, Princess Alexandra, in 1936.
-- William will not be the first royal father to attend the labour, after queen Victoria's husband Albert, her son king Edward VII, and William's father Prince Charles all witnessed their wives give birth.
-- Queen Elizabeth, senior royals and Catherine's parents, the Middletons, will be first to be informed of the news.
-- It will then be made public in the traditional way, with a proclamation signed by royal doctors displayed on an easel in the Buckingham Palace forecourt -- the same easel used to announce William's birth in 1982.
-- A press release will also be issued around the same time and the news posted on the monarchy's Twitter and Facebook feeds.
-- Cannons will be fired across London in celebration -- 62 shots from the Tower of London and 41 from Green Park -- and the Union Jack flag will be flown from government buildings across Britain.
-- All births in England and Wales, regardless of parentage, must be registered within 42 days of the birth at the hospital or a local register office.
-- Home Secretary Theresa May will notify the Lord Mayor of London, while the queen's private secretary informs governor generals in her other realms, such as Australia and Canada.
-- The baby's name may not be revealed for several days -- William's name was not announced for a week, while the world had to wait one month after his father Charles was born.
-- The new baby will be a prince or a princess of Cambridge, after William's title, and will enjoy the title of his or her royal highness (HRH).
-- The baby will be christened as a member of the Church of England -- which it is set to lead one day -- wearing a replica of the intricate lace and satin gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841.
-- The original robe, which has a long skirt and elaborate collars and bow, was last used in 2004. To preserve it, a replica was commissioned from the queen's dresser Angela Kelly.
-- William was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace, with water from the River Jordan poured into the traditional silver Lily Font.
-- Royal babies usually have five or six godparents, people who agree to support the child particularly in their faith, and William's brother Prince Harry and Catherine's siblings James and Pippa Middleton are likely contenders.