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UPDATE: 7/24 1:15PM EST

The royal baby’s name is George Alexander Louis, says Kensington Palace.

UPDATE: 7/23/13 2:15PM EST

William & Kate leave the hospital with their new baby boy who has yet to be named.

And some more photos….

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UPDATE: 7/22/13 3:30 PM EST

The Duchess of Cambridge has just given birth to a boy. 

Kensington Palace has released this information about the royal bundle of joy:

Prince William’s wife Kate gives birth to 1st child, a boy; baby weighs 8lbs 6oz, born at 4:24 pm.

The official proclamation:

And the Obamas’ message to the royal couple:

More details to come.

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The royal baby is finally on the way!

Kate Middleton went into labor in the wee hours of the morning and the world is now awaiting the birth of her and Prince William‘s first child at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted this morning to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labor,” read an official statement from the palace, released Monday morning, local time. “The Duchess traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.”

E! reports:

Kensington Palace confirms Kate entered the hospital shortly before 6 a.m. local time and went into labor naturally.

“Things are progressing as normal,” a spokesperson said.

And everyone’s already on high alert: two policemen are currently guarding the hospital’s front steps.

Will, who is on paternity leave from his post with the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force, accompanied his wife to St. Mary’s, where he himself was born 31 years ago. Both of them were accompanied by a bodyguard who has been on Kate’s security detail for the past few months (and who also, incidentally, went along with Prince Harry on his royal trip to Las Vegas).

And now…we wait.

Dr. Marcus Setchell, former OBGYN to Queen Elizabeth II, will serve as head doctor in the delivery room on this oh-so-important day for the royal family. Dr. Alan Farthing, the queen’s current surgeon/gynecologist, will also be on hand.

SOURCE: E! Online | Photo Credit: Getty