William and Kate thank hospital for baby care as birth brings salutes, celebrations

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A selection of British daily newspapers on Tuesday July 23, 2013 headlining the news of the birth of a son to Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It was announced on Monday that Prince William's wife Kate has given birth to a baby boy. 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. (AP Photo/Tony Hicks)

A selection of British daily newspapers on Tuesday July 23, 2013 headlining the news of the birth of a son to Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It was announced on Monday that Prince William’s wife Kate has given birth to a baby boy. 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. (AP Photo/Tony Hicks)

LONDON (AP) — The public could get its first look at Britain’s newest prince as early as this evening, London time.

Kensington Palace says Prince William, Kate and their newborn son were “doing well” this morning, after all three spent the night inside London’s St. Mary’s Hospital. The palace says the new family is expected to remain in the hospital until this evening or tomorrow morning.

The royal couple is thanking the hospital staff for the “tremendous care” they’ve received.

An easel stands in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London carrying an official document to announce the birth of a baby boy, at 4.24pm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital, Monday July 22, 2013. The child is now third in line to the British throne.  (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)

An easel stands in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London carrying an official document to announce the birth of a baby boy, at 4.24pm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary’s Hospital, Monday July 22, 2013. The child is now third in line to the British throne. (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)

Tourists and well-wishers have been flocking to Buckingham Palace, lining up outside the gates to take pictures of the golden easel on which, in keeping with royal tradition, the birth announcement is displayed.

A band of scarlet-clad guardsman at the palace delighted onlookers by singing “Congratulations.”

Other celebrations included gun salutes by royal artillery companies and the ringing of bells at London’s Westminster Abbey.

The head teacher at the primary school in Kate’s home village of Bucklebury, west of London, saying her students have been “fizzing” with excitement, and the royal birth is “all the talk in the playground.”

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