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 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.
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:07:39 PM

      “We are not seeing huge stakes on this market, but the
      volume of bets we have taken has been absolutely outstanding.

      “We have now taken upwards of £400,000 on the royal
      baby betting markets overall and that number is only going to get bigger and
      bigger the longer we have to wait for a name.

      Bookmakers William Hill has taken nearly £50,000 worth of bets since this morning on the baby's name.
      William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:08:43 PM
      Royal baby's name betting odds: 2/1 George; 7/2 James; 8/1 Alexander; 9/1 Louis; 12/1
      Arthur; 14/1 Henry; 14/1 Richard; 16/1 Phillip; 20/1 Albert; 20/1 Spencer; 25/1
      Edward; 33/1 Charles; 3/1 David; 33/1 Francis; 33/1 Thomas

    • by PARoyal via twitter edited by Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:13:21 PM
      The baby's birth announcement has appeared as a late entry in the court circular - the official record of daily royal engagements
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:14:53 PM
      The announcement read: "KENSINGTON PALACE 22nd July, 2013. The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24 p.m. today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both well. Signed: Marcus Setchell, Guy Thorpe-Beeston, Sunnit Godambe, John Cunningham."
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:15:33 PM

      Carole Middleton said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby was "absolutely beautiful", adding: "They're both doing really well, we're so thrilled."

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:18:43 PM

      Members of the public take pictures of the official announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have had a baby boy

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:25:26 PM

      The Duchess of Cambridge's home town of Bucklebury celebrates the arrival of the royal baby

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:17:58 PM

      The world's leaders have been having their say on the royal baby today.

      New Zealand's prime minister John Key said the nation's official gift to the royal couple is a hand-spun, hand-knitted fine lace shawl, similar to the one given when Prince William was born, and there will be a 21-gun salute fired from Point Jerningham, Wellington, today to mark the occasion.

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:19:42 PM

      "This is wonderful news for Prince William and Catherine.

      "The birth of a child is a time of great joy and excitement, and I know they will make excellent parents."

      "New Zealanders remember with fondness the visit of Prince William when he was just a toddler, playing on the lawn of Government House with a Buzzy Bee. It would be a great pleasure to welcome Prince William's son to New Zealand as well.

      "On behalf of the people of New Zealand, I wish Prince William, Catherine and the royal family all the very best."

      John Key, prime minister of New Zealand
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:20:30 PM

      A statement on behalf of Russia's president said: "Vladimir Putin extended his felicitations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on her great-grandson birth and wished good health to the newborn, the Duchess of Cambridge and all members of the royal family."

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:26:44 PM

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:29:16 PM
      William and Kate won't be leaving the hospital until after 6pm but it is not yet known whether the couple will leave tonight or Wednesday morning.
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:30:41 PM

      "Most women will go home within 24 to 48 hours.

      "The reasons they might stay will be because they are tired, they might want help breastfeeding or they might have had a difficult delivery.

      "Some women with their first babies might be inclined to stay a little longer to get support from their midwives."

      Gail Johnson, lead midwife for education at the Royal College of Midwives
    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:32:13 PM

      New grandfather the Prince of Wales arrives at the hospital with wife the Duchess of Cornwall

    • Matt Gibson, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:34:46 PM

      The helicopter carrying the Prince of Wales comes into land

    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:29:23 PM
      William and Kate's baby will be known as Prince George and as third in line to the throne will one day be king.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:29:51 PM
      Kensington Palace said: "The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge."
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:32:04 PM

      The royal couple showing their son to the world yesterday afternoon

    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:32:48 PM
      HISTORY: Six King Georges have worn the crown throughout history since the German-born George I, the first Hanoverian king of Great Britain, acceded to the throne in 1714.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:33:00 PM
      The last was the Queen's father George VI who died in 1952 but was known to his family as Bertie.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:33:08 PM
      George was the most popular name with the bookies with betting firms William Hill, Coral and Paddy Power all offering short odds on the moniker.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:35:05 PM
      RECAP: It's been a busy 24 hours for young George. After leaving hospital last night, the baby stayed at Kensington Palace.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:35:41 PM
      Earlier this morning, the Queen made the short trip from Buckingham Palace to see her great-grandson for the first time.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:37:02 PM

      The Queen sits in the back of a Chauffeur driven Bentley, after going visit her new great-grandson for the first time

    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:37:46 PM
      William and Kate then left their Kensington Palace home for the Berkshire village of Bucklebury and the family support of Michael and Carole Middleton, who have already described their grandson as ''absolutely beautiful''.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:39:10 PM

      Police in Bucklebury, Berkshire, after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived with their newborn son

    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:39:26 PM
      With the Duke on two weeks' paternity leave and the Duchess receiving help from her mother, the royal couple will have the time to relax and get to know their son.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:41:02 PM
      Experts think the name Louis is likely to be a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh's uncle and the last British Viceroy of India before independence in 1947.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:41:18 PM
      Mountbatten and William's father the Prince of Wales were very close, with Charles confiding in his relative.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:41:26 PM
      He was known by the Royal Family as Uncle Dickie and was assassinated by the IRA in August 1979. His boat was blown up on a fishing trip off the coast of County Sligo, Republic of Ireland.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:51:52 PM

      His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge

    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:52:20 PM
      Already plenty of approval coming through for the name...
    • I love the name!and! Alexander Louis ( the male version of Alexa Louise! ) My Lexi! So with that AND my HRH I feel a hat coming in 25 years!
    • by CharlieElphicke via twitter edited by Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:53:18 PM
      So it's HRH Prince George of Cambridge - George Alexander Louis Windsor. Great name!
    • Good choice of name. Very good. Won me the family sweepstake, too.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:56:54 PM

      From one heir to another

    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:57:38 PM
      GEORGE TRIVIA: The name means farmer or earth worker. It was the 12th most popular name for boys born in England and Wales in 2011.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:57:50 PM
      St George, a fourth-century Christian martyr, is the patron Saint of England and represents honour, bravery and gallantry. The legend of George slaying a dragon and rescuing an innocent maiden is medieval.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:58:15 PM
      HISTORY: There has only been one other Prince of Cambridge and he was also called George.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:58:27 PM
      The first Prince George of Cambridge was a grandson of George III and the only son of Prince Adolphus Frederick, the 1st Duke of Cambridge.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 5:58:47 PM
      Prince George of Cambridge was born in 1819 and refused to have an arranged marriage. He wed a commoner for love after falling for the actress Sarah Louisa Fairbrother, who was said to be a classic beauty and a graceful dancer.
    • Richard Halifax, Press... 7/24/2013 6:00:20 PM

      A mother's love for Prince George

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