Royal baby arrives

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy. The baby was born on Monday, July 22, at 4.24pm and weighed 8lbs 6oz.

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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

William's close friend: 'Great and happy news'

Prince William celebrates Oliver Hicks (red hat) becoming the youngest person to row an ocean solo in 2005 Credit: Paul Armiger/PA

Prince William's close friend, British oarsman Oliver Hicks, has welcomed the "great and happy news" of the arrival of his son.

A statement said: 'What great and happy news to hear the baby has arrived safe and well and Kate's well too. My thoughts are with them all on this momentous day.

"I wish them all good fortune for the future. I'm delighted to be back from the sea to hear the news!."



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



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:
Kate going into labour is the top story on front page of CNN's international website. Credit:

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:
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:

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.

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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