British transplants celebrate birth of new prince

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by Laura Smith-Spark and Richard Allen Greene
by Michele McCormack and Matt Doyle

 SHOREWOOD -- Natives of England who now call the northshore home are celebrating the birth of a new prince.

It's a boy! Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William on Monday welcomed their first child.

The baby boy was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. A name has not yet been announced for the child, who is now third in line to the throne.

The pub is still taking bets on what the name will be. As soon as word that Kate was in labor came on the news, people started flocking to the Oakland Street location.

The news coverage played on the television screens like a sporting event.

"I think a lot of people would have liked a girl to be honest with you," Colin Waterfield of Manchester told CBS 58 News, " For the obvious fact of a strong female princess. I think a princess always goes down better than a prince. "

" I'm glad it's a boy to be honest with you," said Said Jamie Robertson from Northwest England, "It's easier to figure names out for boys than for girls."

Earlier in the day, the duchess and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital.

The hospital, next to Paddington Station in London, is where William and his brother Prince Harry were born.

The duchess' mother, Carole Middleton, was expected to be on hand at the hospital.

The baby's name may be announced when the family leaves the hospital, CNN royal correspondent Max Foster reported. Prince William's name was announced a few days after birth, his brother Harry's on departure from hospital.

Some British parents have delayed naming their newborns in recent days in hopes of either copying or avoiding the royal name, he said.

British bookmakers favor the names Alexandra, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Victoria, Grace, James and George. The field is open for both boys' and girls' names because royal sources said the parents did not want to know their child's sex in advance.

The child's title will be His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess (the baby's name) of Cambridge, St. James's Palace said this month.