President Obama congratulates the royal family on their new addition

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President Barack Obama joined well-wishers with a celebratory statement shortly following Kensington Palace’s royal birth announcement Monday.

“Michelle and I are so pleased to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the joyous occasion of the birth of their first child,” Obama said in a statement. “We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings.”

“The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations,” he continued on the 8 lbs. 6 oz. baby boy Kate Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge, delivered earlier in the day. “Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince.”

The infant is the third in line to the throne, following grandfather, Prince Charles, and father, Prince William.

Shortly before the royal baby’s arrival the White House Twitter account dispatched a tweet of Obama holding a baby, with the caption “Oh, hello there!”

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