Royal birth

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On Monday 22 July 2013, At 4.24pm, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a healthy son, weighing 8lbs 6oz (3.8kg at the Lindo wing at St Mary’s hospital, Paddington, west London. A spokesman for Kensington Palace says baby weighs 8lb 6oz but saiD it was “too early” to say if the family would be leaving St Mary’s Lindo wing on Tuesday. Both are said to be overjoyed although it is not known whether the couple will receive visitors. While Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and siblings Pippa and James may pop in, Meanwhile new grandfather the Prince of Wales was continuing his two-day visit to Yorkshire. It is thought unlikely that the Queen will visit – though she did on the occasion of William’s birth. But she will undoubtedly be able to see her third great-grandchild in private before departing for Balmoral for her summer sojourn on Friday.

Prince Charles issued a brief statement on Monday night, saying: “Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are o thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy. Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”

No name has yet been announced for the third-in-line to the throne, though the bookies’ favourites were George and James, although he has alresdy been given the title Prince of Cambridge. The couple have drawn up a shortlist but, given their son’s destiny, will be consulting with members of the royal family. It took one week for William’s name to be made public, and a month for Charles’s. The birth of a boy means the history books will not be totally rewritten. Had the baby been a girl, the newly passed Succession to the Crown Act 2013 would have seen her become monarch, even if a younger brother was born. But the act does mean that the new prince, should he chose, could marry a Catholic without renouncing his right to the throne, though he cannot be one himself.

There were celebrations around the world to mark the occasion. New Zealand got in early with its 21-gun salute, due to the time difference, staging it outside parliament in Wellington. The country also planned to illuminate 37 landmarks nationwide. In London,The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will ride past Buckingham Palace to stage a 41-gun royal salute in Green park at 2pm. At the Tower of London, there will be a 62-gun salute from the Gun Wharf by the Honourable Artillery Company. A royal gun salute normally comprises 21 rounds, increased to 41 if fired from a royal park or residence. The Tower gets an extra 21 for the citizens of the City of London to show their loyalty to the monarch.Outside Buckingham Palace the ornate easel, upon which the foolscap bulletin announcing details of the birth to the world was placed last night, remained in place. Trafalgar Square’s fountains have also been lit with blue lights, and will remain lit for the next six days, as will London’s Living Room at the top of City Hall.The fountains in Marble Arch and the Golden Jubilee bridge were also lit up in blue and will remain so until midnight.

Niagara Falls in Canada was illuminated in blue, as was the Peace tower and parliament buildings in Ottawa, and the CN tower in Toronto.On board HMS Kent, crew lined up to spell out the word “BOY” on deck. Messages of congratulation continued to flood in from across Britain and the world. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were among the first to congratulate the couple on “the joyous occasion”, with the president referring to the “special relationship” between the US and Britain making Americans “pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince”.Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, sent his “heartfelt congratulations”. As things stand, the baby prince is destined to be king not just of Britain, but 15 other Commonwealth realms including Canada and Australia.Kevin Rudd, the prime minister of Australia, announced the country’s gift to the baby prince would be a research project examining a desert-dwelling Australian marsupial, the bilby in honour of Prince William’s fondness for Australian marsupials In a statement, Rudd said the country shared the joy of the royal family: “Prince William holds a special place in the hearts of many Australians. New Zealand, meanwhile, is sending a gift of a hand-woven, fine lace shawl, which took more than 280 hours to weave.

Station commander Group Captain Adrian Hill, from RAF Valley, where William serves as a search and rescue pilot Also said: “We are delighted to learn that Flight Lieutenant Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge are now proud parents of a newborn son.” The Irish Guards, of which William is colonel, raised a traditional glass of stout at their barracks in Aldershot and bases in London to wet the baby’s head.The Royal Mint has unveiled a commemorative silver penny to mark the occasion. It will produce 2,013, which are available to babies born on the same day as the prince.

 

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