Abbey bells mark royal birth

The bells of Westminster Abbey sounded out today in celebration of the royal birth. A team began ringing a full peal on the Abbey's 10 bells at 2pm to coincide with a gun salute in Green Park.

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Nottingham city centre lights up blue for royal baby boy

Nottingham city centre lights up blue for royal baby boy.
Nottingham city centre lights up blue for royal baby boy. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Nottingham city centre has been bathed in blue to celebrate the birth of the royal baby to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The young prince and parents are tonight spending their first night at home at Kensington Palace.

Nottingham city centre lights up blue for royal baby boy.
Nottingham city centre lights up blue for royal baby boy. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

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Royal baby picture tweets peak at 18,000 per minute

Kate, new baby and William leaving the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital.
Kate, new baby and William leaving the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital. Credit: PA Wire

More than 18,000 people a minute tweeted about the royal baby as he made his first public appearance this evening, Twitter said.

The figure was short of peak of 25,300 tweets per minute which mentioned the baby last night after the birth was announced.

Read: Royal baby tweets peak at more than 25,300 a minute

Tourists and Brits queue to view royal baby easel

Hundreds of people have been queuing outside Buckingham Palace to see the easel displaying the details of the royal baby. The atmosphere remains jubilant, with many tourists saying they were delighted to be a part of such a momentous day in British history.

Read: Time running out to see royal birth announcement

Watch: Crowds cheers as easel displays birth details at Palace

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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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