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Registrar welcomes Princess Charlotte to the world

The registrar who signed Princess Charlotte's birth certificate has said it was an "honour" to be able to officially register the arrival of the newest member of the royal family.

Kensington Palace revealed earlier today that the registration had taken place, with Prince William signing the certificate.

It was an honour to register the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Westminster City Council has a long history of registering royal births, including Prince George, and it's a pleasure to formally welcome the latest addition to the family.

– Alison Cathcart, superintendent registrar for Westminster City Council

She has also presided over several celebrity marriages including those of Sylvester Stallone, Joan Collins, Barbara Windsor and David Walliams.


Steve Coogan and John Cleese hit out at 'Tory press'

Steve Coogan and John Cleese Credit: PA Wire

The so-called Tory press are "throwing the kitchen sink" at keeping the Conservatives in power over the threat of Leveson-style independent self-regulation, comedians John Cleese and Steve Coogan have said.

Cleese said: "The fear and loathing that has come out of the Mail and the Sun this election has been hard to stomach.

"The threat of Leveson-style independent self-regulation being imposed on many of these media owners means that they are throwing the kitchen sink at keeping the Conservatives in power. The British public are smart enough to know what to listen to and what to ignore, but this is worrying."

Meanwhile Coogan, who recently endorsed Labour, accused News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch and the Daily Mail of having had British politicians "in their top pocket for decades."

Queen leaves after meeting new Princess Charlotte

The Queen has left Kensington Palace after meeting her newborn great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte, for the first time.

The Queen has now left Kensington Palace Credit: PA

Dressed in a lilac ensemble, the Queen arrived this afternoon to meet the newest member of the royal family.

Charlotte's grandparents - including Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton - have already visited the baby princess.

She was born on Saturday morning, weighing 8lbs 3oz.


Prince William registers Princess Charlotte's birth

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have formally registered the birth of Princess Charlotte.

The Duke of Cambridge signed the birth register at Kensington Palace this afternoon witnessed by a Registrar from Westminster Register Office.

William registers Princess Charlotte's birth Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Reporters critical of Fifa arrested and detained in Qatar

A group of German TV journalists have been arrested and detained in Qatar for working on a documentary about Sepp Blatter and Fifa's decision to award the 2022 World Cup to the Arab state.

ARD German TV reporter Florian Bauer had been working on a film called ‘The Selling of Football: Sepp Blatter and the Power of Fifa,’ which threatened to bring fresh allegations against Fifa's 2022 voting process.

Reporters working for both ARD and WDR were shooting parts of the documentary when they were allegedly arrested, detained and had all of their equipment confiscated.

WDR said in a statement the employees were released 14 hours later, but all of the data had been deleted when it was returned, with some of the equipment also physically damaged.

The WDR team wrote:

We were arrested while shooting with workers in the Qatari capital, Doha, then interrogated by the State Security and only released after 14 hours.

The WDR employees were not allowed to leave Qatar for five days. The camera equipment, laptops and personal mobile phones were confiscated and returned only with a four-week delay. All data has been deleted and pieces of equipment have been damaged.

– German TV company WDR

Stone 'does not mean Miliband will keep to pledges'

Ed Miliband carving his manifesto into stone does not mean a Labour government would keep to the promises, the party's campaign boss has suggested.

Ed Miliband standing next to his much-maligned stone. Credit: PA Wire

Lucy Powell said Mr Miliband stood by his pledges but added: "I don't think anyone is suggesting that the fact that he's carved them into stone means, you know, that he will absolutely, you know, not going to break them or anything like that."

Her political rivals were quick to seize on the comments with the Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps saying: "£30,000 worth of limestone doesn't change the fact that Ed Miliband will say one thing and do another."

Ms Powell later tweeted that she had been misquoted during her appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live.

The 8ft high stone was widely mocked after its unveiling at the weekend, with David Cameron labelling it a "tombstone".

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