PHOTOS: London Waits for – and Celebrates – the Royal Baby!
CRY OF JOY
FEELING THE LOVE
Those who've been camped in front of Buckingham Palace for so long finally have a reason to celebrate Monday, as they toast their future king.
THREE FOR THE ROAD
Pals Josh Jaskiewicz, Fi Thompson and Elliott Malone stand out among the thousands of people near London's Buckingham Palace who waited for news of the royal baby's birth on Monday, as Kate labored away. Now that baby boy is here, an easel stands outside the palace with information about his weight and arrival time.
Scores of feisty children and their parents are also stationed outside of Buckingham Palace, where the excitement is reaching a fever pitch. Sydney resident Julie Jones tells PEOPLE, "We just arrived [in town] yesterday and came down as soon as we heard the news [of Kate's labor]. We're so excited. We'll go 'hip, hip, hooray!' when it happens."
FULL OF HOT AIR
Pink or blue? One woman stationed at St. Mary's kept the odds in her favor by keeping a balloon for each sex in hand – but only ended up needing the first!
George? James? Hashtag? Royal watchers worldwide are speculating on names for the little one, too.
Atten–shun! Three police officers dutifully stood watch Monday outside of the St. Mary's Hospital Lindo Wing as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge delivered their baby inside.
Meanwhile, reporters and photographers – some of whom have been camped out across from the hospital for weeks – get their cameras ready in hopes of stealing a shot of a royal family member and, of course, the new baby in a day or two. Hospital staffer June Anderson tells PEOPLE she's hoping for a peek at the baby, too. "It would be a privilege to get a look," she says.
Since the media have been outside for so long, many of the members have found ways to have fun, enjoying visits from royal impersonators and, apparently, impersonating new dad Prince William as well.
It's not just reporters and photographers getting a load of the action; tourists snap up shots of St. Mary's and the scene around it, too. "We heard whilst having our breakfast," Hong Kong native Grace Chiang, who raced to the hospital from her London hotel, tells PEOPLE. "It's crazy here – we had to just come and see it for ourselves!"
Some particularly devoted fans have slept outside the hospital for more than a week, hoping to catch a glimpse of the little prince when the Duke and Duchess introduce their heir to the world. "I wanted to be here! This is a historic day for us all," Newcastle-upon-Tyne resident Maria Scott, who has been camping out since Saturday with her 13-year-old daughter, tells PEOPLE. "It will be worth it when we see William, Catherine and their new baby all together on those steps. It's going to be lovely."
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE PALACE ...
Hundreds of well-wishers swarm the royal residence, where Queen Elizabeth awaited word, too.
POINT & CLICK
Tourists from near and far snap images to remember outside the palace. Jennifer Littlewood, a teacher from New Zealand, tells PEOPLE, "When I woke up I had a text from my boyfriend saying [Kate's] gone into labor. It's a historic moment. My friends back home are saying, 'I wish I was here for it.'"
Let them eat cake – literally! Royal fan Teba Diatta stands outside of St. Mary's Hospital with an edible message – and lots of Union Jack pride.
Not so fast: It's a fake-out! A pair of imitation easels – featuring imaginary mock-ups of the baby, plus some silly stats – stand outside of Buckingham Palace. The real easel came Monday evening, courtesy of Queen Elizabeth's press secretary, Alisa Anderson.