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.  

    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:41:37 AM
      "George was the second most popular name before we knew whether the baby would be a boy or girl, so now it moves into pole position and is the red hot favourite to be the name of the new Prince," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 12:56:52 AM
      Henry, the given name of the Duke’s brother Prince Harry, is also in the running, along with Alexander and Louis
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:09:43 AM
      Ladbrokes has Henry at 5/1, the same as it is offering George, after what it said was an "unprecedented amount of bets" in the last 48 hours bringing it in from 50/1
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:23:26 AM
      Ladbrokes spokeswoman Jessica Bridge said: "James is the red-hot favourite and the odds suggest we'll get the name on Tuesday. We're staring down the barrel of a gun if the baby's named Henry."
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 1:32:56 AM

      Choreographer Arlene Phillips is among the celebrities joining the discussion twitter.com

    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:06:59 AM
      US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on this "joyous occasion" twitter.com
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:18:09 AM
      In a statement, Mr Obama said: "Michelle and I are so pleased to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the joyous occasion of the birth of their first child
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:30:20 AM
      "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
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 2:39:09 AM
      "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."
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:06:12 AM

      Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper has sent his "heartfelt congratulations" to the couple and the royal family on behalf of all Canadians

    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:19:47 AM
      Britain’s outgoing Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks tweeted "Mazal Tov" to the happy couple, adding: “We wish them blessings, good health, and joy in becoming parents."
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:29:25 AM

      FAMILY The late Diana, Princess of Wales, is pictured here with her two sons William (right) and Harry at London's Natural History Museum in April 1992 (Photo: Press Association)

    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:39:42 AM
      DIANA REMEMBERED Tessy Ojo, CEO of the Diana Award scheme, an initiative which recognises teenagers who make outstanding contributions to their communities, has spoken of Prince William's mother
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 3:47:29 AM
      She said: “Today Diana, Princess of Wales, would have been a proud grandmother. Her legacy continues through the inspirational work of these young people who carry this honour, set up in her memory, with pride."
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:00:19 AM

      STAR SIGN The new baby prince was born under the zodiac sign of Cancer, but only just, astrologer Patrick Arundell has said

    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:07:01 AM
      The future king scrapped into the sign of the crab after being born at 4.24pm on Monday - just before the switch to Leo
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:12:37 AM
      Mr Arundell said the baby would have a "regal power" not simply because of his royal heritage, and would also possess a "very special aura"
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:18:22 AM
      "The immediate stand-out feature which highlights regal power is that the Sun is located in Cancer, one of the cardinal, or leader signs of the zodiac," he said
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:24:20 AM
      Mr Arundell added that Venus and the Sun were in a magnetic connection, meaning that the child would "have a very special aura, one that is sure to give him a sparkling persona, much in the same way as his grandmother Princess Diana"
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:31:41 AM
      "And there are some important links between Diana and his father William and the new prince's chart, not least that they all share the Sun in Cancer," he added
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:42:43 AM
      William, who was born on June 21, is a Cancerian as was his mother, whose birthday was July 1. It was thought the baby would be a Leo as the afternoon progressed without an announcement, but Kensington Palace finally confirmed a new prince had been born four hours after he arrived
    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:46:48 AM

      BABY TALK The world is eagerly awaiting the first glimpse of the royal baby born to the Duchess of Cambridge (Photo: Press Association)

    • Ray Chudley, Press Association 7/23/2013 4:55:06 AM

      HAPPY COUPLE The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the night at hospital bonding with their new son (Photo: Press Association)

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 5:09:10 AM
      Gun salutes will sound across London today to mark the birth of the royal baby as the armed forces join in the celebrations.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 5:10:03 AM
      The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company will carry out the ceremonial royal salutes in honour of the new addition to the Royal Family.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 5:11:42 AM
      Gun salutes are fired for the birth of every prince or princess, no matter where their place is in the line of succession, the Ministry of Defence said.

      The last royal salute for a birth was for Princess Eugenie in 1990.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 5:17:00 AM
      The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, wearing full dress uniform, will ride past Buckingham Palace to Green Park where they will stage a 41-gun royal salute.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 5:17:20 AM
      They will ride from their forward mounting base in Wellington Barracks into Green Park, where 71 horses will pull six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns into position for the royal salute at 2pm.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 5:21:16 AM

      The Honourable Artillery Company are leaving nothing to chance, prepping their kit and personnel at Armoury House, London, for the royal gun salute from the Tower of London later.

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 5:33:00 AM


    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 5:36:17 AM
      The HAC, the City of London's Army Reserve Regiment, will fire a 62-gun salute
      from Gun Wharf at the Tower of London at 2pm.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 5:37:37 AM
      Time to brush up on royal protocol - whilst a royal gun salute normally comprises 21 guns, this is increased to 41 if fired from a royal park or residence.

      Uniquely, at the Tower of London, which is a royal residence, 62 rounds are fired as this also includes an additional 21 guns for the citizens of the City of London to show their loyalty to the monarch.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 5:40:34 AM
      The Royal Navy is also putting on a show: all of Her Majesty's ships - in home or international waters - are flying the Royal Navy Ensign flag from their mast to mark the birth of the prince.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 5:45:15 AM

      Kate and William will be greeted by a sea of patriotic messages from well-wishers when they finally emerge from the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 6:31:32 AM
      And if they've got time to flick through the morning's papers, they'll be greeted with something like this...
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 6:31:37 AM

      Here's a montage of the morning's papers from Paperboy

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 6:43:39 AM
      William and Kate's son is the first Prince of Cambridge to be born for more than 190 years.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 6:48:48 AM
      And maybe there's a clue in the name? The last was Prince George of Cambridge, a grandson of George III and the only son of Prince Adolphus Frederick, the 1st Duke of Cambridge.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 6:57:42 AM

      Royal enthusiast Terry Hutt became a media favourite yesterday as the world waited for news of the royal baby, and he's still camped out as we await a glimpse of the happy family.

    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 7:03:35 AM
      And the famous easel at Buckingham Palace is beginning to draw a crowd again...
    • by RyanJHooper via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 7:03:35 AM

      Arc-like scenes at Buckingham Palace, where the two queues for the easel are both 20-deep. pic.twitter.com/HJgzVbOxB6

    • by RyanJHooper via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 7:03:55 AM

      The queues outside Buckingham Palace forecourt have grown significantly in the last 15 mins. pic.twitter.com/kq5GGPmMyk

    • by RyanJHooper via twitter edited by Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 7:05:23 AM
      Police requesting easel fans limit themselves to 'one or two' photographs at the gates of Buckingham Palace.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 7:08:44 AM
      Yesterday the crowd outside the palace gates swelled to more than 10 deep as people scrambled to take pictures of the proclamation before the light faded.
    • Stephanie Gonzalez, PA 7/23/2013 7:12:15 AM
      Police were sent in with the crowds as they swarmed to get the best vantage point.

      Here's what they were craning their necks to see...
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