Palace: Kate gives birth to a baby boy

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Britain's Prince William stands next to his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London, Dec. 6,2012.  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Britain’s Prince William stands next to his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London, Dec. 6,2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

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LONDON (AP) — Palace officials say Prince William’s wife Kate has given birth to a baby boy.

Officials said Monday the baby was born at 4:24 p.m. and weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces.

The infant will become third in line for the British throne after Prince Charles and William.

Kate checked into a private wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in central London early Monday morning.

William spent the long hours of labor at her bedside. This is the couple’s first child.

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