Duchess gives birth to baby boy
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, weighing 8lb 6oz, at 16:24 BST at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London – mother and baby are “both doing well”, Kensington Palace says.
More from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who has now issued a statement, saying: “Miriam and I want to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son. This is wonderful news which will make the whole country smile.
“The arrival of a first child is a very special time and we send our very best wishes to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – and indeed to all couples who have become proud parents on this very special day.”
More quotes from the Duchess of Cambridge’s home village of Bucklebury, which have been gathered by BBC reporter Emma Midgeley.
Landlord of the Old Boot Inn pub John Haley said: “Everyone’s over the moon. When the news came out everybody went crazy. I think the celebrations are going to be all week. People are going to party all week long. I’ve already sold 12 bottles of champagne.”
Lainee Buchan, from Upper Bucklebury, was at the pub with her son Charlie. She said: “There’s definitely a buzz about the place there’s such a nice feel. I’m really pleased it’s a boy.”
The duke and duchess have been quietly making plans for the future king or queen to receive a thoroughly modern upbringing, says royal commentator Carolyn Harris. She asks how their approach to parenting might differ from that of their predecessors.
US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the “joyous occasion of the birth of their first child,” adding: “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. 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.”
Celebrations are continuing in New York with signs announcing the sex of the baby being hung in a British-themed restaurant.
A law passed in April paved the way for the duke and duchess’s first child to become monarch, regardless of whether they were a boy or a girl. Read more about the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 here.
The team that delivered the royal baby was led by the Queen’s gynaecologist, Marcus Setchell (at centre), who was reportedly asked to delay his retirement for the birth.
tweets: This new prince should be called Keith. King Keith, that sounds nice.
2217:Palace sources tell me that the Duke and Duchess spent some time bonding with their baby before telling even close family the news.
Some of the details of the birth of the duke and duchess’s child were announced before the big day, including that the news would be delivered to the world on an ornate easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. Here are 10 lesser-known facts about royal births.
Some people waited all day outside Buckingham Palace for news of the royal birth and the crowds grew bigger as the day went on.
News of the royal birth is being celebrated around the world – it has even been announced on a news ticker in Times Square in New York.
Posted on July 22, 2013, in lifestyle and tagged birmingham palace, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cambridge, kate middleton, Kensington Palace, London, Miriam, Nick Clegg, Paddington, St Mary's Hospital London. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.