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 1:19:21 PM
      The bells of Westminster Abbey are sounding out in celebration of the royal birth.

      Three of the bell ringers performing the task did the same for the new Prince's father more than 30 years ago.

      When the Duke of Cambridge was born in June 1982, Clarke Walters helped ring a peal at the gothic church in central London in honour of the newest member of the royal family.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:19:58 PM

      Mr Walters said it was "wonderful" to now be performing the peal for William's own baby son.

      He also rang the celebratory bells for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding at the Abbey two years ago.

      A team of 10 from the Westminster Abbey Company of Ringers began ringing a full peal on the Abbey's 10 bells at 2pm to coincide with a gun salute in Green Park.

      The complex peal is made of 5,000 thousand changes and known as the Cambridge Surprise Royal and lasts for over three hours.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:20:50 PM

      "It's always a great honour to ring at the Abbey especially for a big occasion like this one. It's a bit of a thrill even though I've been ringing for more than 30 years.

      "I do love the connection that three of us rang the peal for William's birth, the same three were in the wedding peal and the same three are here today. That's a nice link back to William."

      Bell ringer Clarke Walters
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    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:22:46 PM

      Members of the public queue to look at the official announcement outside Buckingham Palace that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have had a baby boy

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:26:44 PM

      Speculation is mounting as to what William and Kate's new baby boy will be called. Here, memorabilia prototype mugs await the naming of the child before going into production at Burleigh factory in Stoke on Trent.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:28:40 PM

      "We assure Their Royal Highnesses of our prayers and very best wishes. The birth of any child brings great joy to families and friends.

      "This birth, of a child destined one day to be monarch, will rightly be celebrated throughout the United Kingdom and Realms, the Commonwealth and beyond."

      The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall
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    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:37:06 PM
      One baby who was desperate to share his birthday with the new prince cut it very fine by arriving just one minute before midnight.
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:37:34 PM

      Jackson Marshall was born to proud parents Gemma and Jack Marshall at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, at 11.59pm yesterday. 

      Office worker Ms Marshall, 24, went into labour at 11am and had a natural birth to deliver her second baby, who weighed in at a whopping 9lb 10oz.

      As Jackson slept contentedly in his lorry driver father's arms this afternoon, Ms Marshall said with a smile: "We scraped it. We were hoping that we would do it and we finally did, so that was a good thing."

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    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:46:56 PM
      The royal baby is said to have been mentioned more than two million times on Twitter following yesterday's historic announcement
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:48:17 PM

      Here's a roundup of what some of the world's leaders have had to say about the arrival of William and Kate's new baby boy

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:49:45 PM

      "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."

      US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:52:02 PM

      "This is a day of great joy. When a new bub comes into the world, any old day, any part of the world, it is frankly a time for rejoicing.

      "To Prince Charles and Camilla, they have the delight of being grandparents, all I can say is, this is probably one of the best experiences of your life and I'm sure they're going to have a wonderful time with the royal baby.

      "And to Her Majesty the Queen and to the Duke of Edinburgh, the special delight of a great-grandchild.

       "So on behalf of all Australians we wish the family all the best at this wonderful time of celebration."

      Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:52:34 PM

      Stephen Harper, prime minister of Canada - where William and Kate carried out their first Royal tour together - said Canadians were "delighted" to learn of the birth of their son and sent "heartfelt congratulations".

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:53:46 PM

      "The arrival of the newest member of the royal family, a future sovereign of Canada, is a highly anticipated moment for Canadians given the special and warm relationship that we share with our royal family.

      "This new beginning reminds us of the remarkable and enduring relationship our country has enjoyed with generations of the royal family.

      "We recall with fondness the years of unfailing service by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and their deep affection for and loyalty to this country.

      "We also recall the royal tour by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who were so warmly received in Canada only two years ago. We look forward to their return to Canada and to being able to introduce their child to Canada and all Canadians.

      "Laureen and I send our best wishes of health and happiness to the new parents as they embark on this exciting chapter in their lives."

      Stephen Harper, prime minister of Canada
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      The parents of the Duchess of Cambridge, Michael and Carole Middleton, have arrived at St Mary's Hospital to visit their daughter

    • New easel waiting time: 41 mins. #paroyal #itsaboy
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:08:43 PM

      Well wishers wait for the appearance of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their baby, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:15:07 PM

      Diana would have been proud of her son at the birth of his baby boy yesterday, the Leader of the House of Lords, Lord Hill of Oarford has said

      Moving a Humble Address to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on behalf of Parliament, he said the country was right to celebrate the birth as a national event.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:18:05 PM

      "This is a very happy day - first for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge personally, as it is for any young couple who experience a mixture of wonder and relief when their first child is born.

      "But second for the whole country, because it means that succession to the throne is further secured. No reigning British sovereign has been able to look quite so far ahead since the birth of His Highness Prince Edward of York as a great-grandson to Queen Victoria in 1894.

      "The bells are pealing from the Abbey, the guns have fired their salute but it is the crowds who have once again gathered outside Buckingham Palace which are the real mark of the great affection in which the Royal Family is held."

      Leader of the House of Lords, Lord Hill
    • The relatively late visit of the Middletons does not mean the Cambridges stay overnight in hospital, sources say #paroyal
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    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:29:01 PM

      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their new son are being visited by their proud grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:30:38 PM

      Kate's parents travelled to the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London to see their daughter and William, and the baby prince who will one day be king. It was the first visit the royal couple and their son have received since the newborn was delivered yesterday at 4.24pm, weighing 8lb 6oz.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:32:10 PM

      The Middletons arrived in a black cab and were greeted on the steps of the Lindo Wing by its lead clinician Jonathan Ramsay, before they walked up to the doorway.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:33:06 PM

      The couple turned and smiled broadly as they posed for a few seconds for the world's media camped opposite the building, but did not reply to the many questions shouted out by journalists.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:38:20 PM

      Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, shadow leader of the House of Lords, has said the birth is a "moment of real happiness for people across Britain".

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:40:08 PM

      "This is a moment of real joy for the Duke and Duchess and we send them our warmest congratulations on the birth of their son - an extraordinary event for any new parent.

      "The occasion of their birth of their first-born child gives the nation the opportunity to make known its feelings in reply. And it is clear the nation is indeed doing so.

      "The fact the Duke and Duchess' first-born is a boy means that the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, passed earlier this year, will now not need to be applied in the way it would have been had their first-born been a girl.

      "But even so the Act is the right thing for Parliament to have done in the modern age. It is an historic change and a welcome one and I am sure it will be well used in future."

      Shadow leader of the Lords, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
    • by PAJohnFahey via twitter edited by Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:41:28 PM
      The weather - intermittent torrential downpours - not influencing the Cambridges' plans for later. Excellent British spirit
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    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:50:20 PM

      Kermit and Miss Piggy congratulate William and Kate

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:54:56 PM

      It was only going to be a matter of time before the story of the royal baby featured that most quintessentially British of quirks - the queue. Here, people wait in single file to get a glimpse of the Rococo easel and its statement confirming the newborn prince's birth.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:02:34 PM

      Lord McNally, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, said the Tories and Labour had moved and seconded the motion with "eloquence and elegance".

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:03:22 PM
      "I think it's only left for me from these benches with a sense of honour and privilege to wish the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son a long and happy life in the service of this country."
      Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, Lord McNally
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:06:42 PM
      Bookmakers William Hill has taken nearly £50,000 worth of bets since this morning on the baby's name. The total amount staked since the Duchess of Cambridge went into labour is now £73,000. The biggest bet of the day on the name market has been £200 on George at 2/1.
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