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Royal baby and heatwave expected to boost economy

The UK economy is expected to notch up an improved quarter of growth when official figures are published later, adding to hopes of a sustained recovery.

The royal baby is expected to boost the UK economy in new figures released today. Credit: Press Association

A widely-expected rise of around 0.6% in gross domestic product (GDP) would double the previous increase of 0.3%, building on national cheer fuelled by the birth of the royal baby and the summer heatwave.


Royal baby off to stay with Middleton family

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken their new born son to stay with Kate's parents in the Berkshire village of Bucklebury.

The Duke and Duchess have taken their son to stay with Kate's parents in Bucklebury. Credit: Rex Features

William is on two weeks paternity leave and it is expected the couple will enjoy the family support of Michael and Carole Middleton as they adjust to their new role as mum and dad.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said:

"This is now private and quiet time for them to get to know their son.''

Timmy Mallett adds newborn prince to royal portrait

Timmy Mallett returned to Windsor today to add the latest edition to the royal family to a portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge.

Today he added a crown, a pram and a blue ribbon on the Duchess of Cambridge's portrait, displayed on the side of the 'Ring-a-Royal-Phonebox'.

The updated painting can be seen on the side of a phonebox in Windsor. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Timmy Mallett returned to his painting a year on to add the latest royal to the image. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Timmy has added an image to reflect the arrival of the newest royal. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images


Prince's shawl similar to that worn by William as a baby

As he was introduced to the world, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son was wrapped in a white shawl from GH Hurt and Son Ltd.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with their newborn son. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The company has a long-standing connection with the royal family. Other members of the royal family have been presented with these shawls in the past and the Duke of Cambridge had a similar shawl when he was a baby.

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