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Through press releases and Twitter announced a healthy baby boy

Kensington Palace issued a statement on Monday evening London time letting the waiting world know that Kate,31, had safely delivered a baby son weighing 8lbs 6oz (3.8kg) at 4.24pm.

"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight nu skin product," the palace said.

It had originally planned to break the much-anticipated news in a more old-fashioned manner.

A bulletin was to have been taken from St Mary's Hospital in Paddington by an aide and placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

That still happened but the press release was issued electronically first.

Australian Tanya Topfer, a self-described "royalist", nuskin was disappointed after waiting the whole day outside Buckingham Palace to see the birth notice.

"They changed the protocol an hour before," Ms Topfer told AAP.

"We feel ripped-off. For people like us who are monarchists it should be done the old-fashioned way."

The 50-year-old from Newcastle had to fight her way through the crowd to eyeball the bulletin just inside the palace's gates.

"It is absolutely insane in there," she said afterwards.

"It's awful. It's so hot and one of my feet was off the ground at one stage and I couldn't put it back down because people had me up in the air."

Late on Monday night a large crowd remained outside the palace where there was a party-like atmosphere.

Prince William was present at the birth of his son, who is third in line to the British throne.

In a brief statement the 31-year-old Duke said: "We could not be happier."

His father Prince Charles and Camilla said they were overjoyed.

"I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time, nuskin group and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future," the Prince of Wales said in a statement.

As news that a future king became known there were cheers from those in the know outside the Lindo Wing.

But there was some confusion, too.

Royal watcher Terry Hutt, 78, has been camped outside the hospital for 12 days waiting for Kate to give birth.

However, he wasn't immediately aware the baby had been born and didn't see the aide deliver the bulletin to a waiting car which rushed it to Buckingham Palace.

"I can't see bugger all, I'm shut out," Mr Hutt told NZ Newswire.

"But hopefully I will have time to give my card to William tomorrow."

On learning the Duke and Duchess had a healthy boy, the carpenter from Cambridge simply said "fantastic".

Jasmine and Ashley Connor took the week off work so they could be at the hospital on Monday.

They travelled from their home in Staffordshire but, like Mr Hutt, didn't get to hear the news straight away or see the aide.

"We missed it," they told AAP.

The UK parliament this year passed legislation ending discrimination against women when it comes to succession to the British throne.

Ms Connor says that's a positive step forward even though Kate's baby, as it turns out, won't need the new legislation.

"Women are as good as men, and the Queen's proved herself as a brilliant monarch nu skin hk," she said.

"So it's irrelevant really whether it was a boy or a girl."

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday evening declared the birth "an important moment in the life of our nation".
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