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Jul 23, 2013 11:35 AM by Associated Press

William and Kate thank hospital for baby care as birth brings salutes, celebrations

LONDON (AP) - The public could get its first look at Britain's newest prince as early as this evening, London time.

Kensington Palace says Prince William, Kate and their newborn son were "doing well" this morning, after all three spent the night inside London's St. Mary's Hospital. The palace says the new family is expected to remain in the hospital until this evening or tomorrow morning.

The royal couple is thanking the hospital staff for the "tremendous care" they've received.

Tourists and well-wishers have been flocking to Buckingham Palace, lining up outside the gates to take pictures of the golden easel on which, in keeping with royal tradition, the birth announcement is displayed.

A band of scarlet-clad guardsman at the palace delighted onlookers by singing "Congratulations."

Other celebrations included gun salutes by royal artillery companies and the ringing of bells at London's Westminster Abbey.

The head teacher at the primary school in Kate's home village of Bucklebury, west of London, saying her students have been "fizzing" with excitement, and the royal birth is "all the talk in the playground."

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