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Honorary degree for Paralympic swimming star

Paralympic swimming star Ellie Simmonds outside Bath Abbey this morning. Credit: ITV News West Country

Paralympic swimming star Ellie Simmonds has received an honorary degree from the University of Bath.

The four-times gold medallist joined hundreds of dignitaries at Bath Abbey.

Prince Edward made the presentation in his first role as the new chancellor of the university.

Prince Edward outside Bath Abbey. Credit: ITV News West Country


Bishop of Swindon comments on royal christening

Dr Lee Rayfield, the Suffragan Bishop of Swindon has commented on the Royal christening, which took place today.

Prince George was baptised in a private ceremony, the prince will have seven godparents including William's cousin Zara Tindall.

Dr Rayfield, said: "I guess it asks people why do people have their babies christened?"

"The difference between the past and nowadays is that if people do decide to be baptised, they really want to do it," he added.


A new arrival sharing the same birthday as the Prince

A couple from Bristol are celebrating the arrival of their baby boy who will share the same birthday as the Prince of Cambridge.

Ian and Kelly's son Ashton arrived at Southmead Hospital just after 10.30am yesterday morning and will receive a silver penny from the Royal Mint to mark the occasion.

Jonty Messer went to meet them:

BANES Council statement on birth of the little prince

On behalf of the people of Bath and North East Somerset I am delighted to offer our congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son. We are pleased that mother and baby are doing well. It is a truly historic and exciting moment and we all wish them every health and happiness for the future.

– Neil Butters, Chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council

Tonight at 6: We meet another baby born yesterday

Kelly Lloyd with Ashton. Credit: ITV News/Jonty Messer

Tonight on ITV West Country at 6pm, Jonty Messer reports on some of the region's other new arrivals. Pictured is Kelly Lloyd with her new son Ashton, born yesterday at Bristol's Southmead Hospital.

Ashton will be able to claim a commemorative silver coin from the Royal Mint, as he shares a birthday with the little Prince of Cambridge.

Ashton was born yesterday (22 July). Credit: ITV News/Jonty Messer
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