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BREAKING: The Duchess of Cambridge to leave hospital with royal baby this evening

The Duchess of Cambridge and her new baby will leave St Mary’s Hospital later this evening it has been announced.

The Duke of Cambridge will take Catherine and the baby back to Kensington Palace where they will be in the comfort of their own home.

It is expected that the new baby and his parents will pose briefly for the cameras on the steps of the Lindo Wing.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will not join them for photos as they have already returned to Kensington Palace.

In a statement, Kensington Palace said: “Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have received.

“They would also like to thank everyone for their warm wishes.”

The Duchess of Cambridge went into labour in the early morning hours and was admitted into the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hosptial on St George’s Day before 6 am. Kensington Palace announced around 8:30am this morning that Her Royal Highness had been admitted to hospital with the Duke of Cambridge at her side.

A few hours later at 11:01, the Duchess gave birth to a healthy baby boy weighing 8lbs 7oz.

Her Majesty The Queen was the first to be notified of the birth. From there Kensington Palace tweeted out the news and an easel with all the birth details will be placed outside of Buckingham Palace before the end of the day.

The name of the new baby will be announced in a few days time.

The Duchess has only had two visitors – her two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

They visited the hospital to meet their new baby brother for the first time.

In total, they were at the hospital for less than half an hour before returning to Kensington Palace where they will be reintroduced to their new family member tonight.

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