The healthy baby boy born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today comes less than a week after his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, signed gay marriage into law in England and Wales.
The baby is third in line to the British throne and weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
The baby was born 4:24 pm local time in London’s private wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, It is expected to be some time before his name is revealed.
The baby’s parents, Prince William and the former Kate Middleton, were married in April 2011. Their son is the first grandchild for Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana who died in 1997.
Prince Charles said in a statement: ‘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.’
British Prime Minister David Cameron hailed the birth as ‘wonderful news’ and called it an ‘important moment in the life of the nation.’
The royal baby is born at a time when his country is making great strides towards LGBT equality with same-sex couples able to get married starting next year.