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Prince Charles: My wife and I are overjoyed

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 so 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.

– The Prince of Wales

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Crowds await royal baby news at Buckingham Palace

Royal well wishers Sarah Haggie (left) and Fi Thompson (right) pose in Union flag themed jackets outside Buckingham Palace. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Members of the public are pictured outside Buckingham Palace ahead of the arrival of the Royal baby. Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment
Members of the public outside Buckingham Palace. Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment
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A look at royal baby coverage across media outlets

A look at how the impending arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby is being covered around the world.

The front page of the US edition of the Huffington Post Credit: www.huffingtonpost.com
Kate going into labour is the top story on front page of CNN's international website. Credit: www.cnn.com

The front page of the Guardian website features a "Republican" switch which turns off all royal baby coverage.

The "Republican" switch is at the top right of the Guardian's front page. Credit: www.guardian.co.uk
The front page of Scotland's Evening Times Credit: The Evening Times

Australia's Courier-Mail website leads with the headline "Royal baby is on the way".

The royal birth is the most viewed story on the Courier-Mail website. Credit: www.couriermail.com.au
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The royal baby in numbers

  • The baby will be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child
  • William and Kate will have been married for two years when the baby is born
  • He or she will be third in line to the throne and the Queen's third great-grandchild
  • Prince Harry will be bumped down to fourth in line to the throne
  • The baby will one day be head of state of 16 countries
  • William and Kate will both be 31 when the baby is born
  • Royal births are celebrated with a 41-gun salute
  • If the baby follows the Prince of Wales and William on to the throne, he or she will be the 43rd monarch since William the Conqueror in 1066
  • It costs £6,265 for a one night stay and delivery package at the private Lindo wing including a suite of two rooms, but this excludes consultant's fees
  • The Duchy of Cornwall landed estate - which will privately fund the baby's future as an heir apparent - has a yearly income of £18.3 million.

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How the arrival of the royal baby will be announced

Hundreds of people gather to see a bulletin annoucing the birth of a son to the Queen fixed to the railings of Buckingham Palace. Credit: PA Archive

The arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's firstborn will be announced by the age-old custom of placing a proclamation of royal birth behind the iron railings of Buckingham Palace.

The notice will begin its journey at the Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, where Kate's baby is being delivered.

The brief bulletin, on headed Palace notepaper, confirms the sex of the baby but usually gives little else away other than that the baby has been "safely delivered" and perhaps the weight.

It used to be hand-written but is now mostly typed and will be signed by the Queen's former gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who is leading the medical team looking after the Duchess.

Placed in a foolscap-sized dark wooden frame, it will be set on an ornate easel behind the railings, just to the side of the front gates of the Queen's London home for members of the public to read.

But the notice will not be put in place until the monarch and senior members of the Royal Family have been told of the new addition to their family.

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'Bespoke care packages' at royal baby hospital

The Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London where the Duchess of Cambridge will give birth. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, where the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth, is an exclusive private facility offering "bespoke care packages".

Fully refurbished in 2012, the wing describes itself as having offered "leading private obstetric and neonatal care for 60 years".

It has private en suite rooms designed to provide "comfort and privacy". Deluxe rooms and suites are also available.

A normal delivery package including a one-night stay costs £4,965, with an extra night in a deluxe room costing £1,050, plus consultant's fees which can come to around £6,000, depending on the care required, meaning a two-night stay can cost more than £12,000.

A suite of two rooms, with one used as a living room, costs £6,265 for a one-night stay with normal delivery and £2,200 for each extra night, meaning a two-night stay, with consultant fees of an estimated £6,000, would cost around £14,465.

Prince and Princess of Wales with a newborn Prince William outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital. Credit: PA Wire

Each room has a satellite TV with major international channels, a radio, a safe, a bedside phone and a fridge.

The expectant mother and her visitors can access the internet via wifi and there is a choice of a daily newspaper delivered to the room each morning. Toiletries are also provided.

All meals are freshly prepared in a dedicated kitchen and tea and coffee is provided for mothers and guests throughout the day.

The wing also offers a "comprehensive wine list should you wish to enjoy a glass of Champagne and toast your baby's arrival".

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