Royal baby birth announcement

Royal baby birth announcement

This live blog will capture the atmosphere and color of the event with content from journalists from the British Press Association, royal watchers, social media, and the Web.  

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:07:00 AM
      Betting on the name of the royal baby, which will be third-in-line to the throne, has produced one favourite with a number of bookies - Alexandra.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:07:47 AM

      Many punters believe William and Kate, seen here visiting Tuvanipupu Island on their Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East, will have a girl and have put their money on the name.

    • Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labour.
    • The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:11:17 AM
      Other monikers that have attracted royal fans include Charlotte, Diana, Elizabeth and Victoria, with George and James picked by those who think the new baby will be a boy.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:12:06 AM

      William will take paternity leave from his job as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:12:46 AM
      But it is not known how long the Duchess will take off from her royal duties to care for her first child.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:15:05 AM

      Police outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, where the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted in the early stages of labour.

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:26:15 AM

      Well-wishers are also camped outside the hospital - the early start looks to have taken its toll on this royal fan

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:29:05 AM
      The new royal baby will be the Queen's third great-grandchild and is destined to be crowned monarch.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:29:22 AM
      It will be the 43rd sovereign since William the Conqueror if, as expected, it follows reigns by Charles then William.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:30:22 AM
      The Duke is known to want a daughter while the Duchess is hoping for a son.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:31:56 AM

      When Kate met Guardsman Lee Wheeler, 29, during a a St Patrick's Day parade in Aldershot, Hampshire, she told him she did not know the sex of her baby.

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:32:54 AM
      The soldier said: "I asked her 'Do you know if it's a girl or boy?', and she said 'Not yet'.

      "She said 'I'd like to have a boy and William would like a girl'. That's always the way."
    • by Tom_Pugh82 via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:33:56 AM
      Charles is today due to visit the National Railway Museum in #York as part of a two-day visit to Yorkshire.
    • by RyanJHooper via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:34:03 AM
      News of royal labour gradually filtering through to visitors at Buckingham Palace
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:34:43 AM
      Recent changes to the rules of succession mean if a girl is born she will not be leapfrogged by a younger brother at a later date.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:34:47 AM
      The sex of an infant in direct line to the throne no longer determines whether he or she wears the crown.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:36:07 AM
      Confirmation that the Duchess is in hospital also means the nation is aware that Kate is in labour.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:36:11 AM
      This is something that would have been unthinkable when the last granddaughter-in-law of a reigning queen to give birth to a future monarch did so in the 1890s.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:36:23 AM
      George V's wife Mary of Teck, who was then the Duchess of York, had the future Edward VIII in 1894 and the future George VI in 1895, but news of her 'confinement' was limited.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:36:51 AM

      There was a strong police presence around the hospital and two police officers guarded the entrance to the private wing.

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:40:29 AM
      Carly Gargett, 31, an event manager from Sydney, Australia, who lives in London, said: "I have been doing live Facebook updates to all my friends back in Australia."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:41:21 AM
      "They were texting me this morning saying 'What's going on?' because I'd missed it happening so early.

      "So I came down to the site on my way to work."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:41:25 AM
      "I am a real royalist.

      "I was at the Coronation Festival last week and was hoping she would go into labour then."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:53:15 AM
      And anticipation is mounting online too...
    • by Ben Newton via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 7:53:18 AM
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 8:41:56 AM
      Mr Hutt, seen below in his natty patriotic attire, has been camped outside St Mary's Hospital for 12 days.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 8:43:00 AM
      The 78-year-old former soldier, who served with the Royal Ordnance Corps, is sleeping on a bench across the road from the Lindo Wing.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 8:43:30 AM
      "I have the best royal bed in town," Mr Hutt, from Cambridge, said. "I have lost my voice with all the excitement.

      "At night we're watching the hospital in two-hour stints, like the Army. The health of the baby, and Kate, is the only important element."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 8:44:31 AM
      "My trousers are 10 inches too long," he said, adding that his wife of 51 years, Joy, thinks he is a bit mad.
    • by PAJohnFahey via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 8:44:36 AM
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 8:45:45 AM
      "Diana Superfan" John Loughrey, seen below, is also on royal baby watch.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 8:46:25 AM
      The 58-year-old, from Wandsworth, south-west London, said: "I'm so excited I'm like a washing machine - I'm on full spin. I can't stop spinning."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 8:46:41 AM
      "I've been here for seven days and heard gossip overnight that Kate was here.

      "If it's a girl I think Diana will be the middle name. If it's a boy I believe Charles will be the name, because he has nurtured William and Harry."
    • Amy Crowther, PA 7/22/2013 8:58:08 AM


    • by Tom_Pugh82 via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 9:01:26 AM
      Former Queen aide Dickie Arbiter - "There will be three heirs in waiting while the sovereign is fit and well, and that's a first."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 9:05:55 AM
      News of the impending royal birth is generating a buzz on social media, with the topic trending on Twitter and hundreds of mothers on parenting website Mumsnet offering Kate moral support.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 9:07:15 AM
      Among the Twitterati posting their thoughts on the news are broadcaster Piers Morgan and former deputy PM John Prescott.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 9:09:15 AM


    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 9:09:51 AM
      Morgan added in a further tweet: "My money's on an Australian cricket birth - all out by tea."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 9:10:51 AM



    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 9:11:16 AM
      One Mumsnet user, writing under the name Iwaswatchingthat, posted: "I feel sorry for her. I really did not want anyone except my mum and dh (dear husband) to know I was in labour and just wanted to get on with it.

      "It must be awful to think that the world is all imagining her huffing and puffing."
    • by RWoodwardPA via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/22/2013 9:17:04 AM
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