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Congrats, Will and Kate! Well wishes pour in from around world

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    A barman displays a pint of a celebratory ale for sale in a pub to mark the royal baby birth, on July 23, 2013 in London, England.

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    Prince William and Duchess Kate appear with their newborn baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. Kate gave birth to the couple's first child, who is third in line to the British throne, on Monday afternoon, ending weeks of feverish anticipation about the arrival of the royal baby.

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    Men wearing matching Union flags blazers wait to see Duchess Kate and Prince William outside of St. Mary's hospital on July 23, 2013 in London.

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    Tourists ride a camel past a sand sculpture created by sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Cambridge.

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    The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun salute to mark the birth of the royal baby in Green Park in central London on July 23.

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    The Golden Jubilee bridges and the London Eye are illuminated in celebration of the birth of a baby boy for William and Kate, in London on July 22, 2013.

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    The ship's company of the Royal Navy frigate HMS Lancaster forms the word "BOY" on the deck to mark the birth of Britain's new prince while on patrol in the Caribbean.

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    The Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Canada, are illuminated blue to celebrate the birth of the royal baby boy. The Falls were first illuminated in 1860 to celebrate a royal visit by Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII.

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    Students of Buckleberry Church of England Primary School draw congratulatory cards for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Duchess Kate's hometown of Bucklebury, on July 23, 2013.

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    Members of the public react as they hear the news of the royal baby birth outside St. Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England.

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    Self-proclaimed "town crier" Tony Appleton celebrates among the crowd outside St. Mary's hospital on July 22, 2013.

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    A crowd of people take photos of the easel that officially announced the birth of the royal baby on July 22, 2013 in London, England.

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    Karen Milne from Scotland wears a Duchess Kate mask as she and her friends celebrate the royal birth announcement at Ye Olde King's Head English Pub on July 22, 2013 in Santa Monica, Calif.

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    People celebrate the royal baby birth with British flags in front of St. Mary's Hospital.

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    A woman swims in the fountains at Trafalgar Square which are lit to signify the birth of a royal baby boy in London.

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    A baby announcement card and flags adorn the gift shop of Ye Olde King's Head English pub to celebrate the announcement of the birth of Will and Kate's first child, July 22, 2013 in Santa Monica, Calif.

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The royal baby doesn’t know it yet, but he’s trending wildly on social media and garnering well wishes from all corners of the Earth.

As news spread that Prince William and Duchess Kate had welcomed a healthy baby boy into their lives on Monday, actors, pundits, politicians and thousands upon thousands of ordinary people took advantage of technology to congratulate the royal couple. The announcement on the British Monarchy's Facebook page alone has garnered over 200,000 thousand likes and 13,000 shares.

Palace officials used their @ClarenceHouse Twitter handle to open the congratulatory floodgates by posting this tweet:

Want+to+send+your+congratulations+to+Their+Royal+Highnesses?+You+can+sign+the+Google++card+here:+http://t.co/mMgjmPzf3s

—+Clarence+House+(@ClarenceHouse)+July+22,+2013+

That Google+ card, which can be accessed here, will remain open to the public until Aug. 6. To weigh in, well-wishers can simply share the e-card, write a message and upload a photo. A printed version of the card will be presented to the happy couple and their little prince for preservation in the Royal Archives.

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Well wishers can send congratulatory messages to the royal couple and their new baby until Aug. 6 via this Google+ card.

Meanwhile, hundreds of happy electronic messages and proclamations flew around the Internet on Monday afternoon. Perhaps the most mushy one of all came from proud new granddad Prince Charles:

“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild,” Prince Charles gushed 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.”

The White House was not immune to royal baby fever. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama shared these sentiments with Prince William and Duchess Kate:

“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. 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.”

Michelle later tweeted:

Congratulations+to+The+Duke+and+Duchess+of+Cambridge+on+the+birth+of+their+son!+Being+a+parent+is+the+best+job+of+all.+-mo

—+FLOTUS+(@FLOTUS)+July+22,+2013+

British Prime Minister David Cameron described the news as “an important moment in the life of our nation,” adding that “above all, it’s a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who have got a brand new baby boy.”

And a slew of celebrities also weighed in with well wishes ranging from the heartfelt to the hilarious. A sampling:

Diana+would+have+been+a+grandmother+today

—+mia+farrow+(@MiaFarrow)+July+22,+2013+

So+pleased+to+hear+that+William+and+Kate+had+a+baby+boy.+Long+live+the+future+king.+MBB

—+William+Shatner+(@WilliamShatner)+July+22,+2013+

Congratulations+to+Kate+&+William+on+the+birth+of+their+baby+boy!+So+relieved+that+his+name+won’t+include+the+words+Ivy+or+Apple.

—+Joan+Rivers+(@Joan_Rivers)+July+22,+2013+

Wishing+Prince+William+and+Duchess+Kate+much+joy+and+happiness+as+Great+Britain+welcomes+the+newest+member+of+the+Royal+Family.+#RoyalBaby

—+Nancy+Pelosi+(@NancyPelosi)+July+22,+2013+

If+Prince+William+is+anything+like+I+was,+he's+hustling+home+on+The+Tube+right+now+to+assemble+the+Ikea+crib+&+changing+table.

—+Willie+Geist+(@WillieGeist)+July+22,+2013+

#GodBlessOurFutureKing+very+proud+to+be+british+right+now!

—+Kelly+Osbourne+(@KellyOsbourne)+July+22,+2013+

It's+a+boy!+So+happy+for+my+cousin+Kate+and+the+future+King+of+England!

—+Ellen+DeGeneres+(@TheEllenShow)+July+22,+2013+

While most royal baby followers took to social media to convey their excitement, some aired their (mild) disappointment over the prince's gender. Since England’s laws on royal succession have changed to allow for a first-born girl to take the throne over her younger baby brothers, certain people were hoping for a future Queen of England.

Today+is+Royal+Baby+Day+aka+the+first+time+Kate+has+disappointed+me.+A+baby+girl+was+supposed+to+snatch+that+crown.

—+ambs+(@SourceAmbs)+July+22,+2013+

wanted+a+royal+baby+girl+,+because+of+a+new+queen+but+congrats+any+way+<3

—+ellie+(@navyforjade)+July+22,+2013+

Others looked on the bright side:

If+I'm+honest+I+would+rather+a+royal+baby+girl+but+at+least+there's+no+risk+of+a+Princess+Alexandra+now,+thank+God+#terriblename+#RoyalBaby

—+Ellen+Jones+(@TheBellJones)+July+22,+2013+


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