Royal baby name announced

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their son George Alexander Louis, Kensington Palace said.

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Kate's first baby appearance invites Diana comparison

The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant as she presented her son to the world in a pale blue polka dot dress reminiscent of the pattern worn by Princess Diana on the day she left hospital with Prince William.

Diana and Charles hold a newborn Prince William outside the Lindo Wing in June 1982. Credit: PA

Kate stepped out of the Lindo Wing wearing a bespoke piece by Jenny Packham, a couturier who has become something of a household name thanks to the Duchess.

Observers were quick to draw parallels with the outfit worn by William's late mother when she posed on the same doorstep with her first-born son in a green spotted dress.

William and Kate hold their newborn Prince outside the Lindo Wing in July 2013. Credit: PA

But where Diana appeared nervous and bewildered by the attention, a glowing Kate smiled broadly and spoke assuredly as she introduced her child to the world's press and the hordes of cheering well-wishers.


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Bells of Westminster Abbey ring out to mark birth

The bells of Westminster Abbey sounded out in celebration of the royal birth. Credit: PA Wire

The bells of Westminster Abbey sounded out in celebration of the royal birth.

Three of the bell ringers performing the task did the same for the new Prince's father more than 30 years ago.

When the Duke of Cambridge was born in June 1982, Clarke Walters helped ring a peal at the gothic church in central London in honour of the newest member of the royal family.

Mr Walters said it was "wonderful" to now be performing the peal for William's own baby son.

He also rang the celebratory bells for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding at the Abbey two years ago.

A team of 10 from the Westminster Abbey Company of Ringers began ringing a full peal on the Abbey's 10 bells at 2pm to coincide with a gun salute in Green Park.

The complex peal is made of 5,000 thousand changes and known as the Cambridge Surprise Royal and lasts for over three hours.

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