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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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Prince William's RAF colleagues send congratulations

RAF Valley, where Prince William serves as a Search and Rescue pilot, were among the first to offer official congratulations to Flight Lieutenant Wales and The Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their first child:

We’re all delighted to learn that Flight Lieutenant Wales, and The Duchess of Cambridge are now proud parents of a new born son.

We wish them all the very best for the future.

From everyone at RAF Valley, congratulations.

– Group Captain Hill

Prince William is also Colonel of the Irish Guards, who celebrated in their own unique way at their barracks at Aldershot and in bases in London, toasting the Royal baby with a traditional glass of Irish Stout. Their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ed Boanas said:

On behalf of all ranks 1st Battalion Irish Guards, I send our warmest congratulations and best wishes to the Colonel of the Regiment and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge on the occasion of the birth of their son, with the heartfelt hope that he has a long and happy life.

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