Royal baby: Kate and William visited by Prince Charles


Prince Charles told reporters "You'll see in a minute" in response to questions about the baby

Prince Charles has visited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and his new grandson in hospital in west London.

The arrival of the Prince of Wales, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, came two hours after the duchess's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, became the first visitors.

The prince said the baby was "marvellous" while Mrs Middleton said he was "absolutely beautiful".

The new family are to leave hospital this evening for Kensington Palace.

Speaking to reporters as she left the hospital, Mrs Middleton said mother and baby were "both doing really well - we are so thrilled".

She added her first cuddle with her new grandson had been "amazing" and said the new parents were doing "fabulously".

There has been no word yet on what the couple plan to name the prince and asked if she had been told or made any suggestions, Mrs Middleton said: "Absolutely not".

Earlier, gun salutes in Green Park and the Tower of London and the ringing of bells at Westminster Abbey marked the birth of the third in line to the throne.

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute in Green Park at 14:00 BST, after riding past Buckingham Palace.

At the same time, the Honourable Artillery Company - the City of London's army reserve regiment - fired a 62-gun salute from Gun Wharf at the Tower of London.

Queen, Prince Charles, Duchess of Camb

Meanwhile, the church bells of Westminster Abbey, where William and Catherine were married in April 2011, rang for three hours.

Hundreds of journalists and members of the public are gathered outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in Paddington, where the Middletons arrived by taxi shortly after 15:00 BST.

Prince William was at the hospital for the birth at 16:24 BST on Monday, and stayed with his wife and son overnight.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: "Mother, son and father are all doing well."

The couple said: "We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received.

"We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone - staff, patients and visitors - for their understanding during this time."

Prince William had earlier said the couple "could not be happier" following the birth of the 8lb 6oz boy.

Photographers outside Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital The Duchess of Cambridge remains in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital after the birth of her son. Reporters and photographers are camped outside
Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital on 23 July 2013 Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived at the hospital after completing engagements in Yorkshire
Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton The duchess's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, were the first relatives to visit the couple - and their first grandchild
Members of the public taking pictures of the official announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have had a baby boy, outside Buckingham Palace Well-wishers have been queuing up outside Buckingham Palace to take pictures of the official birth announcement
Honourable Artillery Company fire a gun salute at the Tower of London The Honourable Artillery Company fired a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London in honour of the birth
Green Park gun salute The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute in Green Park and bells were rung at Westminster Abbey
The ship's company of the Royal Navy frigate HMS Lancaster forms the word "BOY" on the aft deck to mark the birth of Britain's new prince while on patrol in the Caribbean Even the ship's company of the Royal Navy frigate HMS Lancaster found time to mark the occasion while on patrol in the Caribbean

At Buckingham Palace, royal watchers and tourists have queued in the rain to catch a glimpse of the bulletin announcing the arrival of the royal baby, which is being displayed on an easel.

The news broke about four hours after the birth and the notice is to be displayed for 24 hours, which means it is likely to be removed just after 20:00 BST.

Bandsmen of the Scots Guards outside the palace brought a celebratory feel to the proceedings ahead of the Changing of the Guard, playing a version of Cliff Richard's Eurovision song Congratulations to the crowd.

'Knocked back'

Carole and Michael Middleton were the first family visitors at the hospital since the birth

The world now awaits the couple's choice of names for their son, with George the bookmakers' favourite, followed by James and Alexander.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said the scale of the international interest was "pretty awesome", and "quite threatening in a sense". He said the couple would be "knocked back" when they stepped out of the hospital.

The arrival generated headlines and celebrations around the world, and prompted messages of goodwill to flood in:

  • In London, Trafalgar Square was lit blue for a boy, while the BT Tower delivered the message: "It's a boy!"
  • New Yorkers were informed of the news when it was tickered in lights at Times Square
  • At its peak, there were more than 25,000 tweets per minute about the royal baby's birth
  • US president Barack Obama said: "We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings" while Australian PM Kevin Rudd said Australians wished "the royal bub all the best"
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend Justin Welby, greeted the news by saying: "Along with millions here and around the world, I share in their joy at this special time"
  • A specially-filmed scene will be inserted into Tuesday's edition of EastEnders to mark the occasion
'Uplifting moment'

William and Catherine - said by officials to be "so, so happy" - spent the night, a thundery and wet one, with their newborn son in their private maternity suite.

After a labour which had lasted at least 10 hours - and despite the clamour for information from an expectant world - the couple did what most new parents do. They spent time alone bonding with their son.

Soon, they will have to leave their cocoon and present their prince to those eager for a glimpse of the baby.

When they leave, they will be photographed on the steps of the Lindo Wing, just as baby William was back in 1982.

His son's birth will be marked with gun salutes and the pealing of church bells.

It is a celebratory reception the one-day-old royal will have to get used to.

He is a prince who one day, as things stand, will be a king.

Following the birth announcement, a statement from Kensington Palace said the Royal Family were "delighted".

The Duchess of Cornwall, on a two-day visit to Yorkshire with the Prince of Wales, said it was a "wonderfully uplifting moment for the country" and that mother and baby were "doing well".

The prince said he was "thrilled and very excited", as the couple were congratulated by well-wishers during a walkabout.

Meanwhile, Princess Anne said the arrival of the Royal Baby was "nothing to do with me, but it's very good news".

Royal doctor Mr Setchell described the new arrival as a "wonderful baby, beautiful baby".

The Leader of the House of Lords, Lord Hill of Oareford, said the birth represented a "very happy day" for the whole country.

"It is the crowds who have once again gathered outside Buckingham Palace which are the real mark of the great affection in which the Royal Family is held," he said.

The birth of the prince means the monarchy has three generations of heirs to the throne for the first time since 1894.


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  • Comment number 1778.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 1777.

    1679. Owlsoflaughter

    "This child is unlikely to be king. The monarchy will be abolished long before then."

    How wrong can you be.

    Civil wars have been fought in this country to defend the Monarchy.

    What sort of gun have you got ?
    I have no gun, but I have a pencil to write a big cross on the 'republic' box

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    Comment number 1776.

    When you research the distant origins of kingship, you discover that being monarch was always only ever a temporary role. Your job was to pacify the gods, in return for a bountiful harvest and plenty of rain. If you didn't deliver that, you were sacrificed, and a new king chosen.

    Which is somewhat ironic, given the current economic climate and the heatwave. Perhaps our reaction is all wrong?

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    Comment number 1775.

    @1678 Rebecca Riot. Your post made me laugh out loud, you clearly have no idea about the monarchy of the Netherlands. If you did you wouldn't have posted. The civil list would stretch to the moon and back and they do very little for their titles. And Belgium, it can't even manage to elect a government, in fact is it a country any more? have they not split it 50/50 between the French and Dutch yet?

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    Comment number 1774.

    I hope that requested URL pages will get swifter response than the HYS Comments Moderation queue when Mr Camerons Internet Censorship begins.

    I think he ought to also think of this new child and ban Adult Movies & Comptr Games (unless locked away in vaults) Smutty Media, Explicit Adverts (even on Billboards) and Raunchy Video Music..

    I noted Lady GAGA within online NEWSPAPER is rather bare-all.

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    Comment number 1773.

    Thought for the day, are you all having a go at the old BEEB, because it is no longer a bastion of the left wing/Islingtonite/chattering class/metropolitan elite it used to be and now adopts another tone, and if you are all complaining about missing the news, then watch Channel 4 news with the Prince of the Met Elite Jon Snow readingthe news. There you go prob solved, no need to thank me, DR BOB

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    Comment number 1772.

    Who's been born, JESUS?

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    Comment number 1770.

    No more inane drivel now please !!
    Ones OBE is in the bag now for kneeling !!!!

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    Comment number 1769.

    Agree with Graham Catlin. We still love Diana & miss her so.

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    Comment number 1768.

    I love the comments about the BBC - it's leftie, pro royal, tory mouthpiece... make up your minds
    If you've held your own baby you know that incredible rush of love for the small bundle. I can still feel it myself.
    Now we've had the first sight, could we, and the papers, leave them alone for some months.

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    Comment number 1767.

    Oh dear. Here we go again. Sycophantic fawning by BBC luvvies over another addition to an already bloated so called "royal" family. Considering the BBC is so left wing it certainly makes sure it butters its toast on both sides. Good health to mother and child but lets face it, neither will ever want for anything for however long they live. Pity about those dying in NHS hospitals though

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    Comment number 1766.

    You know, i listen to the reporting of this non-event and all i could hear from the reporters was...

    ...oh please please please can i have a gong!

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    Comment number 1765.

    Send my good wishes to this new baby & his parents.Same goes for every other new baby and his/her parents.
    Sadly..Our Press & TV find it difficult to make money via normal people.
    And far too easy to target Royals & Celebs.
    This royal baby will make these guys millions.
    Unless..we stop buying what they are trying to sell us....

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    Comment number 1764.

    We can debate the monarchy - pros and cons - until the cows come home. Nothing will ever change. I would say 65% of these comments are anti-monarchy. Will they have any influence? I doubt it.

    The establishment never listen. One reason why this country will continue to will continue to slide down the pan. Sad but true until it sinks without trace.

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    Comment number 1763.

    I saw the town crier dressed in ancient robes screaming on top of his voice to announce the birth of the new royal son. The town crier looked like a jester. It is strange that such a stone age protocol of town crying had to be enacted to announce a royal birth. Why would anyone in the 21st. century have such a slave job? Sometimes, I laugh at the English humor.

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    Comment number 1762.

    roll on the republic get rid of these parasites once and for all

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    Comment number 1761.

    1613. ludwigvb "...the Royal Family bring more into this country and hand over more money to the treasury that the treasury gives back to them."

    This is uninformed nonsense. The first assertion cannot be demonstrated. The Second is false. The Crown Estates 'belongs' to the Queen in name only and in a republic the profits from it would still go to the Treasury as it does at the moment.

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    Comment number 1760.

    To all the Americans who are chuffed would you be happy if your wages paid for an unelected obama. The brits how do you feel when your taxes go up to keep up with the Windsors annual pay rise :-(

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    Comment number 1759.

    1397. therealist
    "Our monarchy is the envy of the world. "

    Maybe that is what you hope or delude yourself to believe. Most in the real world treat our monarchy with no more of a passing interest than reading a gossip magazine on the rich and famous.

    Why do some people think that they are so precious?
    British Royalty is so outdated and pompous in the modern world.
    I wouldn't miss them.


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