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 7/23/2013 9:17:01 AM
      There is great excitement in Kate's home village of Bucklebury in Berkshire
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:17:54 AM

      A sign congratulating the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son is on display at the Cottage Inn

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:21:11 AM
      Mandy Bush, landlady of the Cottage Inn, said: "It's fantastic news and I think everyone is delighted. We are all surprised it's a boy because the whole village thought it was going to be a girl."
    • by ellenbranagh_PA via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:21:34 AM
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:22:11 AM

      Labour Party leader Ed Miliband - himself a father of two boys - advised the royal couple to enjoy their "special time" in the days after the birth of their first child.

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:22:51 AM
      Mr Miliband said: "I want to send my warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I wish them and their new baby boy all the health and happiness in the world. I know people right across Britain will be absolutely delighted for them."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:23:35 AM
      Asked what advice he would give the couple, he said: "I think it's a very, very special time, that moment when your baby has just been born, and so I hope they get time together as a family to enjoy it because that's something you never forget - not only the moment when your son is born, but also those first few days getting used to being a father.

      "So I hope that William and Kate have that special time and can enjoy it."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:24:28 AM
      Mr Miliband declined to make any suggestions for names for the royal baby, saying: "My memory of this is that you get lots of advice from your family on names, so I suspect I'll leave it to them."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:27:12 AM


    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:31:06 AM

      New grandparents the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were met by cheering crowds of well-wishers on a visit to East Yorkshire today.

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:32:18 AM
      Villager after villager offered Charles and Camilla their congratulations as the royal couple walked around the green in Bugthorpe.

      The village was decked out with Union flags and bunting for the visit.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:33:14 AM
      One member of the crowd, local resident Robert Barrett, was one of the first to greet the Prince, saying "Morning Grandad", which raised a chuckle from Charles.

      "He obviously likes being a grandad," Mr Barrett added.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:33:50 AM
      And a little boy asked the Prince: "When's the little baby coming?" to which Charles replied: "We haven't been able to bring him yet."

      Many people asked whether the new baby had a name, but Charles gave little away.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:34:58 AM
      Alec Dale told Charles: "We popped a bottle of bubbly last night at our house. I hope you did too."

      The Prince replied: "Yes. But just a little bit."
    • by Andrew Woodcock via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:35:06 AM
      @Ed_Miliband says Cambridges shd enjoy "this special time" together with their new #royalbaby , but won't give advice on name
    • by lyndseytelford via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:35:50 AM
      Ireland's deputy prime minister reckons Kate and Wills should name their baby after him - Eamon @EamonGilmore
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:37:31 AM
      Eamon Gilmore, Ireland's deputy prime minister, congratulated the royal couple: "It's a very happy occasion for the parents."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:37:43 AM
      "Mind you, in a republic, I think we find the excitement about the hereditary principle a bit difficult to understand here. But it is a very happy time for the parents," Mr Gilmore added.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:37:47 AM
      Asked for his suggestions for a name for the baby, he replied: "Eamon."
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:42:45 AM
      The Royal Mint has a range of special coins to mark the royal birth.

      These include a free "lucky" silver penny for babies born on the same day as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:43:40 AM

      Here is Adam Michael, who was born at 4.34pm yesterday at Princess Anne Hospital. His happy parents Marc and Beverley Miell were presented with their silver penny by the Royal Mint. (Royal Mint/PA)

    • by RobDexPA via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:49:07 AM
      A Windsor in Walford - EastEnders has filmed a special scene to reflect the new arrival starring june brown
      #royalbaby
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:52:47 AM
      You know it's big news when EastEnders makes a late change to its schedule - show bosses have ordered some last-minute filming to reflect the birth.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 9:53:23 AM
      A scene showing Dot Cotton (June Brown) and Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald) discussing the happy news was filmed last night and will feature in the BBC soap tonight.
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:49:14 PM


    • 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

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:08:58 PM


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    • 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.

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