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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23.9% stay in hospital for two days after onset of labour

The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to leave St Mary's Hospital later this evening or tomorrow morning. Credit: PA Wire

If the Duchess of Cambridge remains in hospital for another night, she will be among the quarter of new mothers who stay in hospital for two days after going into labour.

Data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that 23.9% of women stayed in hospital for at least two days after the onset of labour.

Of the 577,143 women who gave birth in England during 2011/12, more than a third of new mothers (37.8%) left hospital the day after their first contraction began - so if Kate leaves tonight, she will fall into this category.


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George and James bookies favourites for prince's name

Bookmakers have seen George and James become the favourites for the new prince's name.

George was the favourite with William Hill (5/2) and Paddy Power (6/4), while Ladbrokes had James at 2/1.

Henry, the given name of the Duke's brother Prince Harry, is also in the running, along with Alexander and Louis.

Ladbrokes has Henry at 5/1, the same as it is offering George, after what it said was an "unprecedented amount of bets" in the last 48 hours bringing it in from 50/1.

The public may have to wait to cash in their betting slips. It is not uncommon for royals to take their time naming babies: Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip waited for a month in the case of Prince Charles.


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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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Prince Charles: 'I'm thrilled and very excited'

New grandparents the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were met by cheering crowds of well-wishers during a visit to East Yorkshire today.

According to Clarence House, the Prince said he was "thrilled" by the royal baby's arrival.

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'Congratulations' as Changing of the Guard music

The Changing of the Guard music at Buckingham Palace today will include Congratulations and the Royal Salute after the Prince of Cambridge was born yesterday.

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Time running out to see royal birth announcement

A sign announcing the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son, outside Buckingham Palace. Credit: PA Wire

Those still wanting to see the ornate easel holding the framed A4 statement confirming the birth of the new Prince of Cambridge on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace only have a few hours left to do so.

A Buckingham Palace official said it will be on show for around 24 hours after confirmation of the birth, meaning it is unlikely to be there much after 8pm today.

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