Charles: 'We're waiting' for baby

Prince Charles has told a young well-wisher his grandson or daughter "hasn't quite appeared yet." The Prime Minister has said it is "a very exciting occasion and the whole country is excited."

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Prince William's friend calls royal baby news 'exciting'

A close friend of Prince William has spoken of his excitement ahead of the royal baby's arrival.

Oliver Hicks, who has just arrived in Norway after kayaking across the North Sea from Britain, said, "I was very keen to find out whether William and Kate's baby had arrived on making landfall".

Oliver Hicks said the royal baby was 'very exciting'.
Prince William's friend Oliver Hicks said the royal baby was 'very exciting'. Credit: Jan Kare Andreassen/PA Wire

Mr Hicks, who attended the royal wedding, said: "It was very exciting to hear the baby is now on its way as we landed back in the UK. It is such great - and very happy - news.

"I hope it all goes smoothly and wonder if the little one will be like William or Kate. I look forward to meeting the nipper in due course".

Charles jokes of 'slow-approaching' grandfatherhood

The Prince of Wales joked he was "very grateful indeed for the perfectly kind wishes about my rather slowly-approaching grandfatherhood".

Charles said during a visit to West Yorkshire, "Some of you may have realised that with grandfatherhood comes, in four months' time, old age pensionerhood".

The Prince added that he hoped he had "a long shelf-life".

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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

Cameron to take 'place in the queue' to see royal baby

David Cameron has said he will take his "place in the queue" to see the newborn royal baby, doubting that his own prominent role will get him an early viewing of the future heir.

Speaking to Channel 5 News' Emma Crosby, the Prime Minister said he was "pottering around the kitchen" moments before hearing the news that Kate had gone into labour.

Mr Cameron also offered some advice for William and recalled the "small contribution" he has made to shaping the royal baby's future.

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