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.  

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 11:30:06 AM
      A spokeswoman for the university said: "We offer the couple our warmest congratulations. The St Andrews alumni family is steadily growing and we are always pleased to welcome new additions."
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    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 11:44:17 AM

      The Prince of Wales is met by crowds of well wishers on a visit to Bugthorpe, East Yorkshire.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 11:50:10 AM


    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 11:56:08 AM

      The Duchess of Cambridge's home village is celebrating as news sinks in that the newest addition to the royal family is one of their own

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 11:58:00 AM

      The bunting is out across Bucklebury and surrounding villages at the news of the birth of the prince

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 11:59:53 AM

      Children at Bucklebury Church of England Primary School prayed for the new born in assembly and made congratulatory cards with crowns on.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:01:54 PM

      Headteacher of the Bucklebury school Pippa Rowe said: "The children have been very excited about the birth - fizzing is the word I would use - it's all the talk in the playground.

      "It's been a long wait and it's great the baby has come before the end of term because the children love all the media attention.

      "They were asked this morning what they were doing when they heard the news yesterday evening and we had an assembly and said a prayer for the Prince of Cambridge.

      "All the children have made cards with babies wearing crowns and these will be sent to Kate's parents' house, Bucklebury Manor."

      "I think this will enable the children to have a real chance to connect with the monarchy. They learn about kings and queens but we are going to have a real live prince with one set of grandparents living down the road. The children that live in the village are used to catching glimpses of William and Kate, certainly since they have been engaged, so yes I think it will make a real connection."


    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:08:08 PM


    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:14:33 PM
      Will and Kate have given their backing to a charity supporting the hospital where their son was born.

      The couple pledged to support Imperial College Healthcare Charity in celebration of their first born's birth, the charity said.
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:14:53 PM

      The charity raises money for research and studies designed to improve services to St Mary's and four other hospitals constituting Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

      The Duke and Duchess's baby boy was delivered in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:15:14 PM

      Jane Miles, the charity's chief executive, said: "We are honoured and delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to support us in celebration of such a joyous occasion.

      "The charity wishes them and their son every future happiness.

      "Having their support is hugely important to us as a charity that strives to improve the service given to patients at the five hospitals, including St Mary's, of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust."


    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:20:11 PM

      Chelsea Pensioners celebrate the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:25:53 PM


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    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:28:29 PM
      Here's a quick recap of what people have been saying about William and Kate's new arrival
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:28:49 PM

      "We could not be happier" - Prince William.

      "Wonderful baby, beautiful baby" - Dr Marcus Setchell, who led the delivery team.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:29:17 PM

      "The Royal baby will have a link with Dracula" - Le Matin, a Swiss newspaper

      "Good Heir Day" - Headline in The New York Post.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:30:25 PM

      "It will raise the British nation. It will stop them thinking about their abject poverty, rain and gas bills" - Derek Miller of Toronto, quoted in the Toronto Star.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:31:26 PM

      "A thousand times more exciting than any tennis final at Wimbledon. London is now Windelton" - Germany's leading newspaper Bild, makes a pun on Windel, the German word for nappy.

      "Great to hear the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour. Is she an affiliated member?" - Lord Prescott essays a "joke" before the baby is born.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:31:58 PM
      And for all you history fans...

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:32:06 PM
      "Wild as hawks. They are such ill-bred, ill-trained children that I cannot fancy them at all" - What Queen Victoria thought of two of her own grand-children, aged seven and eight.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:32:38 PM



    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:34:46 PM

      News of the royal baby has been met with delight at the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

      RNLI volunteers in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey, where the Duke and Duchess named the station’s lifeboat in 2011, are particularly pleased. 

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:41:16 PM
      Everyone here at the station is thrilled. Prince William is our search and rescue colleague here on Anglesey, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were here for our special day when we named our lifeboat in 2011. It was a milestone in the station’s history and all the volunteers at Trearddur Bay want to congratulate the couple on this new milestone in their family life. We wish the couple and the new addition to their family all the best.

      Alf Pritchard, a spokesman from the station
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    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:52:46 PM
      If the Duchess of Cambridge remains in hospital for another night, she will be among the quarter of new mothers who stay in hospital for two days after going into labour.
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:52:58 PM

      Data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that 23.9% of women stayed in hospital for at least two days after the onset of labour.

      Of the 577,143 women who gave birth in England during 2011/12, more than a third of new mothers (37.8%) left hospital the day after their first contraction began - so if Kate leaves tonight, she will fall into this category.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:54:27 PM
      Staying in overnight is "pretty common", according to Daghni Rajasingam, consultant obstetrician and spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:55:07 PM

      "It may be that they want to monitor one or either of them for 24 hours - which is a normal time period.

      "If for any reason they suspected infection or, for example, if the mother has diabetes through pregnancy, we would want to establish breast feeding and make sure the baby's sugar and breastfeeding is good before sending the mother home.

      "I have no idea if any of this applies to her but just as a generality, these are the sorts of things that might be reasons for that.

      "I don't think it's unusual for them to stay overnight and then for a day.

      "For a normal delivery it is between one and two days. For a Caesarean section, it is two to four days."


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    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:04:09 PM

      A gun salute is taking place in Green Park to celebrate William and Kate's new arrival

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    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:14:35 PM

      Peers will congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of the royal baby from 2.30pm in the House of Lords

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:15:31 PM



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