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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.''

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