Prince Charles on Royal Baby’s Birth: “My Wife and I Are Overjoyed”

Prince Charles is "overjoyed" to be a grandfather.
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Moments after Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their firstborn son at St. Mary's Hospital in London on Monday, July 22, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla issued a statement expressing their excitement. "Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild," says Charles, who is first in line to the British throne. "It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy."

Charles, 64, adds, "Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone's life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future."

According to Clarence House's official Twitter account, "The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry & families have been told and are delighted. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight." A Buckingham Palace spokesman said, "The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are delighted at the news."

The royal baby arrived at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz. A source says the new parents waited to announce their son's birth to inform family members and spend some alone time with the baby. The world will get its first glimpse of the royal baby when the first time parents, both 31, leave the hospital later this week.

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