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.  

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 6:46:18 PM
      The Duke looked at ease holding his son and after speaking to the press for a few minutes returned inside the Lindo Wing with his wife.
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 6:47:34 PM

      The couple soon emerged with their son in a baby seat and William carefully fitted it onto the backseat of a Range Rover beside his wife before driving his family home.

    • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with their baby son #RoyalBabyBoy http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BP4ReIhCcAA3pHY.jpg

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 6:53:08 PM

      The little prince in the safe hands of his father William

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 6:54:33 PM

      The Duchess of Cambridge looks at her husband as they leave St Mary's Hospital with their son

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 6:55:50 PM

      The Duke and Duchess' son appeared to be partially awake during his first public appearance, as his hand poked over the white shawl he was wrapped in just before his parents' impromptu chat with the press.

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 6:57:18 PM

      The new royal baby - the first Prince of Cambridge to be born for more than 190 years - was delivered yesterday at 4.24pm, weighing 8lb 6oz but has yet to be named.

    • by PADavidMercer via twitter edited by Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 6:57:40 PM
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:00:30 PM

      The Duke of Cambridge waves as he and his wife present their newborn baby to the media.

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:02:21 PM

      In the hours before they left hospital William and Kate had received visits from their son's beaming grandparents - Michael and Carole Middleton and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:03:36 PM

      Asked how his first grandchild was, Charles replied: "Marvellous, thank you very much, absolutely wonderful."

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:05:18 PM

      Mrs Middleton described her grandson as "absolutely beautiful" as she left the hospital and, speaking about mother and baby, said: "They are both doing really well, and we are so thrilled."

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:08:01 PM

      When asked how he had got on with nappy changing, the Duke said "Good" and Kate added: "Very, very good."

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:10:02 PM

      A member of the press then asked "Have you called him George?", and William replied: "Wait and see, Peter, wait and see."

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:14:16 PM

      The mass ranks of the media capture the moment the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:15:55 PM

      The crowd gets every vantage point as they wait for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:17:07 PM

      The Duchess of Cambridge gets into a car as she leaves the Lindo Wing

    • Love that Kate wore polka dots just like Diana when she had Will #RoyalBaby #Beautiful
    • Kate looks amazing they are a flawless couple and such a cute baby! #royalbaby
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:21:48 PM

      The Duke of Cambridge holds his newborn son

    • by DavidWilcockPA via twitter edited by Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:23:07 PM
      "Thrilled" Queen told guest at Buck Pal reception her great-grandson is a "big boy" and "the first is very special". #royalbaby
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:25:37 PM

      The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant as she presented her son to the world in a pale blue polka dot dress reminiscent of the pattern worn by Princess Diana on the day she left hospital with Prince William.

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:26:33 PM

      Kate stepped out of the Lindo Wing wearing a bespoke piece by Jenny Packham, a couturier who has become something of a household name thanks to the Duchess. Observers were quick to draw parallels with the outfit worn by William's late mother when she posed on the same doorstep with her first-born son in a green spotted dress.

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:27:41 PM

      But where Diana appeared nervous and bewildered by the attention, a glowing Kate smiled broadly and spoke assuredly as she introduced her child to the world's press and the hordes of cheering well-wishers.

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:29:49 PM
      David Walker-Smith, of Fenwick's department store on London's Bond Street, highlighted the link to the outfit chosen by William's mother.
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:30:13 PM
      "Kate copied Diana and wore a spotty dress as she did when William was born," he said.
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:30:21 PM
      The Duchess teamed her outfit with a pair of cream wedges.
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:31:18 PM

      Her husband, who wore his sleeves rolled up, sported a pair of dark trousers, brown belt and a pale blue shirt for the occasion, in stark contrast to the pinstripe suit and tie worn by his father in 1982.

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:32:18 PM
      A spokesman for Jenny Packham confirmed Kate's dress was a bespoke piece.
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:32:42 PM
      Meanwhile, Netmums founder Siobhan Freegard praised the Duchess for displaying her baby bump as she waved to the crowds, dispelling the "myth that all mothers should be perfect postpartum".
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:33:10 PM
      "In a couple of minutes on the steps of the Lindo Wing Kate has done more for new mums' self esteem than any other role model," she said.

      "Sadly, too many celebrities often have ultra fast tummy tucks or strap themselves down to emerge in tiny size six jeans, leaving everyone else feeling inadequate. Kate shows what a real mum looks like - and natural is beautiful."
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:33:50 PM
      She added: "Undoubtedly over the coming weeks the Duchess will work hard to regain her figure, but tonight she's proved herself a healthy role model for real mums around the world."
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:38:40 PM

      The Queen, who attended a reception for the Winners of the Queens Award for Enterprise 2013 at Buckingham Palace tonight, said she was thrilled at the birth of the third in line to the throne.

    • Had a tear in my eye watching Prince William and Kate leave hospital with the #RoyalBaby #wonderfulmoment
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:44:25 PM

      The Duchess of Cambridge smiles at the media as she holds her newborn son in her arms

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:46:29 PM

      Ecstatic onlookers described the history-making moment when Kate and William emerged on the steps of the Lindo Wing as an "amazing" experience.

    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:46:58 PM
      Rebecca Brady, a research midwife at the Women's Health Research Centre at Imperial College London, was one of the medical staff invited to stand near the Lindo Wing's entrance and said she will never forget it.
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:47:18 PM
      "I was overwhelmed. It was so special to see a big part of history," she said.
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:47:46 PM
      She described the royal couple as "just natural, happy, just like us". She added: "It was about savouring the moment. I'll remember it until the day I die."
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:50:06 PM
      Midwife Marie Hall thought Kate looked beautiful as she addressed the press for the first time as a mother, saying: "Pregnancy always does make you blooming."
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:51:03 PM
      And Shereen Jones, a lead midwife at the NHS,was bowled over by the occasion, saying: "Incredible. Very, very exciting."
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:53:03 PM
      One unlucky latecomer was 10-year-old Lavine Karim, from Iraq, who was asking a policewoman to pass on a card she had made for Kate.
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:53:27 PM
      On the policewoman's advice, Lavine said she will post the card which said 'Congratulations Kate for your baby'.
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 7:54:03 PM
      Asked about why she was so interested in Kate, Lavine said: "She's the princess of London and I'm really excited for her, and she's very beautiful. I made her a card, and I've got a toy for her baby and a necklace for her. She's a perfect princess."
    • Verena Vogt, Press Association 7/23/2013 8:02:53 PM

      With the "Great Kate Wait" now over, the cramped press pens outside the Lindo Wing have started to become more sparse and journalists are preparing to leave. Their work here is done.

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