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

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Associated Press

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 9:00 AM

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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126-r-23-(Queen's Guard Band marching and performing, at Buckingham Palace Changing the Guard ceremony)--Sound of the Queen's Guard Band marching and playing music at the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. COURTESY: Sky News ((mandatory on-air credit)) (23 Jul 2013)

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125-r-25-(Queen's Guard Band playing "Congratulations", at Buckingham Palace Changing the Guard ceremony)--Sound of the Queen's Guard Band playing the song "Congratulations," a tradition for major royal family events at the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. COURTESY: Sky News ((mandatory on-air credit)) (23 Jul 2013)

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127-r-26-(Queen's Guard Band performing as they entered the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, at Changing the Guard ceremony)--Sound of the Queen's Guard Band marching and playing music at the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. COURTESY: Sky News ((mandatory on-air credit)) (23 Jul 2013)

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124-c-18-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent)-"their son home"-Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports that amid the hoopla outside the hospital, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are preparing to leave for home. ((watch for dating)) (23 Jul 2013)

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123-v-34-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent, with Rory Scott, Paddy Power bookmakers)--It's day one of parenting for Prince William and Kate as they prepare to move their young son from a private birthing suite to more palatial surroundings. Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports. ((watch for dating)) (23 Jul 2013)

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APPHOTO LST119: People watch the Changing of the Guard as a notice proclaiming the birth of a baby boy of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge is put on display for the public view at Buckingham Palace in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. It's Day One of parenting for Prince William and Kate. After the excitement and fatigue and joy of childbirth — emotions shared with a nation — the young couple is expected to bring the prince home Tuesday. It is a daunting moment for any young couple, even one with as much support as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (23 Jul 2013)

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APPHOTO LST109: A notice proclaiming the birth of a baby boy of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, is on display for public viewing at Buckingham Palace in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (23 Jul 2013)

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APPHOTO LST117: People queue to look at a notice proclaiming the birth of a baby boy of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on display for the public view at Buckingham Palace in London, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (23 Jul 2013)

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