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Palace: Prince William's wife, Kate, has given birth to a baby boy

(RNN) - Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a son.

Duchess Kate, as she is popularly known, was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in London early Monday morning after traveling by car from Kensington Palace.

The baby was born in the private Lindo wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London where William was born 31 years ago.

The baby missed the unofficial due date of around July 11 to 13, although Buckingham Palace officials never officially gave specific date.

Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married April 29, 2011.

The infant, His or Her Royal Highness the Prince or Princess of Cambridge, will be third in line for the throne, pushing Prince Harry to fourth.

Several dozen media outlets have been camped outside the doors of the hospital where the royal couple welcomed their child in the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in the Paddington district of west London.

St. Mary's Hospital is where the late Princess Diana gave birth to both Prince William and Prince Harry.

CNN reported a silver penny will be given to anyone in Britain whose baby arrives on the same day the royal heir is born. It will come in a blue pouch for a boy or a pink one for a girl.

To claim the silver coin, UK parents whose baby's birth coincides with that of the royal baby will have to register through the Royal Mint's Facebook page and upload a scanned copy of the birth certificate within 60 days. It is making 2,013 of the coins available.

The Royal Mint said the gesture reflects the tradition of marking a new birth with a gift of silver for good luck.

The royal couple announced they were expecting in January. The expecting parents chose not to know the sex of the baby.

This will be the fourth great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen has eight grandchildren.

The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 was rewritten earlier this year so a girl can take the throne if they are the eldest sibling. In the past, the male heir always took precedence.

According to royal protocol, the queen must be informed of the birth before anyone else. The doctor will also sign a document on palace letterhead giving the time of birth and child's gender.

The bulletin will be taken by an official to Buckingham Palace, where it will be posted on a wooden easel to inform the public.

The only addition since the last royal birth will be social media – the official Twitter and Facebook accounts of the monarchy will also announce the news online. 

Learn more at our Royal Baby page here.

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