Kate and baby 'doing well'

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent the night in hospital after Kate gave birth to a son yesterday. The baby weighed 8lbs 6oz and was born at 4.24pm.

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Royal baby name guessing game could last days

The Prince and Princess of Wales waited seven days before announcing Prince William's name. Credit: PA Archive

The names of royal babies are historically not announced straight away, leaving the nation playing a guessing game for several days.

When Princess Beatrice was born in 1988, it was two weeks before her name was known.

When William was born in 1982, his parents the Prince and Princess of Wales waited seven days before deciding upon and announcing his name.

The Prince of Wales's name, however, remained a mystery for an entire month and was only declared ahead of his christening in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace in December 1948.

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Historian advises George an unlikely name for baby

The bookmakers favourite name for the royal baby might be George but social historian Dr Judith Rowbotham, of Nottingham Trent University, told the Daily Telegraph that it is an unlikely option.

Despite the name (George) being a bookies’ favourite, royal advisers are likely to point out that the 19th century Prince George of Cambridge was not exactly a model that (Kate and William) would wish the new prince to emulate.

Though a successful military commander, that Prince George of Cambridge was not popular with his cousin Queen Victoria, especially after he married an actress, Sarah Fairbrother, in 1847. She was, at that time, the mother of four children by three different fathers.

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Gun salutes fired to mark birth of royal baby

The Honourable Artillery Company are firing a 62 royal gun salute from Gun Wharf at the Tower of London.

Gun salutes are sounding across London to mark the birth of the royal baby.

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company are both carrying out the ceremonial salutes in honour of the new addition to the Royal Family.

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery are staging a 41 royal gun salute in Green Park.

Gun salutes are fired for the birth of every prince or princess, no matter where their place is within the line of succession, the Ministry of Defence said.

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, wearing full dress uniform, rode past Buckingham Palace to Green Park where they are staging a 41 royal gun salute.

The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), the City of London's Army Reserve Regiment, are firing a 62 royal gun salute from Gun Wharf at the Tower of London.

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