As it happened: Royal baby celebrations

Key points

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with their son to cheers from well wishers
  • The duchess says the experience has been "very emotional". "It's such a special time," she adds
  • The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy on Monday at 16:24 BST weighing 8lb 6oz
  • Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the couple and their baby in hospital
  • The couple earlier received their first visitors - the duchess's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton
  • The birth was marked with gun salutes and the ringing of Westminster Abbey's bells

Live text

Reporting:

  • Margaret Ryan 
  • Caroline McClatchey 
  • Jeremy Gahagan 
  • Marie Jackson 
  • Gerry Holt 

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Good morning and welcome to our live page about the birth of the latest member of the Royal Family. We'll be covering reaction from around the world and awaiting the first glimpse of the Prince of Cambridge.

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It is the biggest news story around but just in case you missed it: The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy on Monday at 4:24 BST. He weighed 8lb 6oz (3.8kg) and both mother and baby were said to be doing well.

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Prince William, the proud father, said the couple "could not be happier". They spent the night at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, and it is likely that Catherine will be discharged later on Tuesday.

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Duchess of Cambridge. File pic dated 21 April 2013

After a long wait, particularly for the world's media camped outside the hospital, Catherine was taken to hospital on Monday morning at 06:00 BST showing the "early signs of labour".

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An easel stands in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London carrying an official document announcing the birth of a baby boy

The news of the birth was announced in both the traditional way and a modern manner. An official document was placed on an ornate easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

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Picture of the birth tweet from Clarence House

Clarence House also sent out a tweet.

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People flock to Buckingham Palace to take photos of the easel that officially announced the birth of the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Anticipation had been building all day on Monday and the announcement finally came, via press release, four hours after the birth. Huge crowds gathered at Buckingham Palace for a glimpse of the easel.

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The Golden Jubilee bridges and the London Eye are illuminated in celebration of the birth of a baby boy for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 22 July 2013

And the celebrations began with the Golden Jubilee Bridges and the London Eye illuminated.

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The British Telecom tower in central London displays "it"s a boy" to mark the birth of the Prince of Cambridge.

Light it up: The BT tower also had a celebratory message for Londoners.

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Ministry of Defence undated handout photo of HMS Lancaster as it celebrates the Royal Birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's child while on patrol in the Caribbean.

Spelling it out: Crew members of HMS Lancaster celebrate the royal birth while on patrol in the Caribbean.