Wills & Kate register son's birth

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have formally registered the birth of their son Prince George - and gave their occupations as Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom.

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by Phil Brewster

Earlier the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge formally registered the birth of their son, Prince George.

Prince William did the honours, signing the birth register entry for the third-in-line to the throne at Kensington Palace this morning.

Thanks to the power of modern media, we found out about it almost immediately.

But thanks to our friends at the Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust, we can show you some newsreel footage of a previous royal birth that shows it wasn't always like that. Phil Brewster reports.

Read more: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge register the birth of Prince George.

Registrar says Royal duty was 'a great pleasure'

The registrar who recorded the birth of Prince George is named Alison Cathcart and has been doing the job for 22 years.

She described today's duty as "a great pleasure" and said that it "cements an association with Westminster City Council and royal births in the borough that goes back decades"

Alison Cathcart holds a copy of the birth register
Alison Cathcart holds a copy of the birth register Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

"We registered the birth of the Queen and Prince Charles and Princes William and Harry so it's great to see that tradition continue," she added.

Cathcart has presided over several celebrity marriages including those of Sylvester Stallone, Joan Collins, Barbara Windsor and comedian David Walliams.

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Details from Prince George's register entry

Prince George's register entry, from which his birth certificate will be produced, contains the following details:

  • His full name: His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge
  • His father's full name: His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Duke of Cambridge
  • His mother's full name: Catherine Elizabeth Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge
  • Professions: Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom
  • Place of birth: Paddington, Westminster
  • The couple's usual address: Kensington Palace, London

William and Kate register birth of new son

The new family outside hospital Credit: PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have formally registered the birth of their son Prince George - giving their occupations as Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom.

William signed the birth register entry for the third-in-line to the throne at Kensington Palace this morning.

While most new parents have to travel to a register office to formally register the birth of their child, a Westminster City Council registrar travelled to Kensington Palace for William to carry out the task.