New parents release a statement

Prince William and Kate Middleton have released a statement thanking everyone involved in the safe delivery of their baby boy.

Kate, 31, gave birth to a son at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, yesterday afternoon at 4.24pm with William by her side.

And the proud new parents are grateful to hospital staff for looking after them.

We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received,’ the family say in a statement.

We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone – staff, patients and visitors – for their understanding during this time.’

Kate was in labour for 11 hours and had a natural birth, with the baby boy weighing in at 8lb 6oz.

Wills, 31, earlier released a statement saying: We could not be happier.’

The couple stayed at the hospital overnight and it’s thought that they’ll leave either later today or tomorrow morning.

Mother, son and father are all doing well,’ a Kensington Palace spokesperson tells BBC News.

There’s still no news on the little boy’s name but it was announced earlier this year that he’ll be known as the Prince of Cambridge.

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