BBC News with Fiona MacDonald
Prince William's wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a son. Palace officials say the baby was born at 24 minutes past four in the afternoon and weighs eight pounds six ounces-- that's just over three and a half kilograms. The boy, who will be known as the Prince of Cambridge, is the third in line to the British throne and would in time also become head of state of 15 other Commonwealth countries. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were delighted with the news. Rob Broomby reports from outside the hospital where the baby was born.
It's a boy. The news was carried by a messenger from the hospital unit where the duchess is recovering to Buckingham Palace shortly after a statement was released to the press. The letter has been placed on an easel there with the flourish of a royal proclamation of old. William and Kate's first child, the new-born prince, will be the third in line to the throne. The birth will mark a change in focus for the royal couple as they grapple with family life and duties in the media spotlight. Mother and son are doing well. Both families have been informed. The duchess will stay in hospital overnight.
William's father, Prince Charles, said he was enormously proud and happy to become a grandfather for the first time. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron hailed the royal birth as an important moment in the life of the nation, but above all, a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple.
"It's wonderful news from St Mary's, Paddington, and I'm sure that right across the country and indeed right across the Commonwealth people will be celebrating and wishing the royal couple well. It is an important moment in the life of our nation, but I suppose, above all, it's a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who got a brand-new baby boy.”
The Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canadians were delighted to learn of the arrival of the newest member of the royal family who would be a future sovereign of Canada.
Huge crowds have welcomed Pope Francis in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro in his first overseas visit as head of the Roman Catholic Church. He joined a parade through the streets of Rio in an open vehicle, dismissing the authority’s advice to use a bullet-proof popemobile. The Argentine-born pope returns to his native South America to join more than a million Roman Catholics from all over the world in a youth festival. Here's Julia Carneiro.
Thousands of people have been crowding the streets of Rio city centre to greet Pope Francis outside the city's Metropolitan Cathedral. People in the city centre where the pope will pass on his popemobile are chanting, waving their arms and carrying flags of their countries. Over 300,000 people registered for the World Youth Day, and here, there are flags from Mexico, Paraguay, and especially Argentina, where the pope was born and most foreign visitors are coming from.
That report from Julia Carneiro reporting from Rio de Janeiro there on the pope's visit.
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