WASHINGTON - Strait-laced newspapers of record joined racy gossip websites and breathless cable news anchors across the United States (US) on Monday to herald the news that Prince William's wife Catherine had given birth.
"Duchess of Cambridge Has Given Birth to a Baby Boy, Palace Says," declared the New York Times in a smartphone alert, one among many from news outlets that ricocheted around the country in a matter of seconds.
All-news channels like CNN, Fox News and MSNBC interrupted their regular programming for live reports from correspondents on the ground in London.
"It's really with a sense of excitement that the crowds are beginning to gather at Buckingham Palace," said one CNN reporter over a live aerial view that in fact showed just a few hundred at the gates.
Fox News, famous for its conservative editorial slant, pointed out that the British royal family enjoys "a higher approval rating" than President Barack Obama.
"It establishes once again why Britain is such a great nation," Neil Gardiner, a British expat at the right-wing Heritage Foundation in Washington, told the channel.
Online, gossip websites tested the limits of lese majeste.
"The Duchess of Cambridge has finally given birth to the Cookie Monster that has been growing inside her like a parasite for the better part of a year," the achingly hip Gawker.com said.
"According to Buckingham Palace officials, Kate popped at precisely 4.24pm GMT," added TMZ.com alongside an online poll asking readers if they thought "the royal heir will lose his hair" like his balding father and grandfather.
Two out of three responded yes.
On Twitter, celebrities fell over each other with congratulatory messages.
"It's a boy! So happy for my cousin Kate and the future King of England!" tweeted talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, recently informed by the New England Genealogical Society that she is indeed a distant relative of the future queen.
Fellow funny lady Joan Rivers quipped: "Congratulations to Kate & William on the birth of their baby boy! So relieved that his name won't include the words Ivy or Apple."