Dateline | July 23, 2013
>> the royal stork has arrived
at the house of windsor.
yes, that bump we've been
watching for months is now a
prince william and kate welcome
their new little one into the
>> as we finally got the answer we've all been waiting for.
>> it's a boy! [ cheers and applause ]
>> the royal highness , prince of
>> the whole nation is
>> now it's time for england to
celebrate the birth of this very
special boy. third in line to the british
it's all, of course, been nine
months in the making.
we last saw the new royal mom in
public just over a month ago.
kate christened a princess.
a princess cruise ship , that is.
and appeared with her husband in
the elaborate trooping the
colors ceremony for the queen's
it marked the end of her public
duties as she began her official
royal maternity leave.
that's when the baby waiting
game really began as the media
camped outside st. mary's
hospital in london at the lindo
wing here, the same spot where
william was born 31 years ago.
but as we waited, day after day , nothing.
>> the duchess of cambridge 's
reported due date has come and gone.
>> those on the baby beat
searched for any tell-tale
signs, staking out kate 's
parents' house for clues,
checking the expectant dad's
polo schedule, and looking for
creative ways to pass the time.
the world was growing impatient
for this special delivery .
from stephen colbert .
>> i mean kate the great is three days late.
i just can't wait for her to
>> to perhaps even the queen
>> then suddenly at 6:00 a.m .
london time this morning,
twitter exploded with the news.
confirmed with an official tweet
from the palace.
>> the duchess of cambridge is in labor.
>> all the anticipation of the
last nine months reached a fever
pitch as crowds swarmed
buckingham palace .
and reporters tracked down the
finally, after nearly 14 hours
of suspense, this afternoon
kensington palace released the
kate had given birth to a baby
boy, 8 pounds 6 ounces.
at 4:24 p.m . london time.
inaugurating a new tradition,
ceremony to inaugurate the
a military orderly delivered it
by car with a police escort for
the two-mile trip to buckingham palace .
kind of a slow royal car chase .
then just as it had been for
william and harry's births,
aides placed the announcement on
the traditional easel outside.
it concluded with the note "the
royal highness and her child are
both doing well" we still don't
know his name, but that should
come in the next few days.
top betting has been on george.
new grandpa prince charles released a statement saying he
and camilla are overjoyed at the
arrival of his first grandchild.
and a palace spokesman said the
queen was delighted with today's
it all marks the beginning of a
new era for this monarchy.
and now all eyes turn to william
and kate , no longer the dashing
newlyweds but parents of the future king.
>> they're a very down to earth
>> dan fogel is a special
correspondent for nbc news and a
friend of william and kate .
>> they're connecting to a
younger generation, i think.
they're appealing to a different
they're more open-minded.
they're more liberal with their
approach to life and duties.
>> fogel says william and kate
will be blazing their own trails
as modern royal parents
following their peers, not the
>> what kind of parents do you
think the duke and duchess will
be? >> william will certainly be a
very hands-on father.
it's not just the mother's role
to bring up the children and the
father goes off to work for
hours on end.
it's a dual role .
i change the nappies.
i have no doubt william will
kind of get mucky in every sense
of the word and be a very
and they'll be very hands-on
>> and tonight as this royal mod
tern family brings baby onboard ,
you'll learn much more about the
couple's future plans as a
family. >> he definitely wants at least
kate being one of three it's
only natural she'll want more
than an only child.
>> and see rare images of those
earlier royal children, william
and harry, making music.
and making mischief.
>> will william take parenting
cues from his own mother, diana?
>> she was number one or chief
chick as she used to call
and everybody else just had to
kind of waddle around.
>> who will be chief royal
will it be aunt pippa or uncle
harry? >> i'm not sure whether he'll
enjoy the babysitting or not but
i'll sure he'll volunteer
>> could kate the commoner butt
heads with royal tradition?
>> she's her only woman.
she very much puts her foot down
when it comes to what she wants.
>> what will this little baby
mean for the future of this
monarchy? >> this baby will be making
>> if you think that kate is
descended from coal miners and
working class people, this
really is a modern monarchy in
>> but as we watch the emotional
events of this day in the same
spot william was born, it's
impossible not to think of his
this new baby will grow up in a
new kind of royal household ,
much of it thanks to diana.