PM hails birth of Prince George as a 'national moment'

David Cameron has hailed the birth of Prince George as a "national moment", but called on the Royal Family to be granted privacy in the future.

Mr Cameron sought to remind the public that the birth was "first and foremost a very private and family event" before a national one, and called on the world's media and the public to give the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge "space and the privacy to get to know their new son."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George. Credit: Michael Middleton/PA Wire

The Prime Minister said the royal birth was the latest moment that had seen a "surge of affection" for the monarchy:

"The birth of Prince George was a national moment. A time to recognise, once again, what a vital part of our national life the monarchy is.

"In the past few years we have seen a surge of affection for our Royal Family, from the royal wedding to the Diamond Jubilee and the coronation celebrations. And, of course, this summer millions cheered the news of the royal birth."