North West Wales

Royal birth: Messages from Wales on news of baby boy

Duke of Cambridge
Image caption William is a search and rescue helicopter pilot on Anglesey

Congratulations from Wales are being sent to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the birth of their first son.

The baby was born at 16:24 BST, weighing 8lb 6oz.

Kensington Palace said the duchess and the baby were "doing well".

Welsh Secretary David Jones said the "whole of Wales" wished them well. First Minister Carwyn Jones wished them "all the very best".

In a statement shortly after the birth was announced, David Jones said: "This is a joyous event and I was delighted to hear of the safe birth of our nation's newest prince.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are already honorary Welsh people from living on Anglesey for so long and I know that the whole of Wales will join me in wishing them well in this new stage of their lives together."

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "On behalf of the people of Wales I would like to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy.

"The couple already have established and strong links with Wales, choosing Anglesey to start their married life, and they will always have a very warm welcome home here as a family.

"I would like to wish the Duke and Duchess all the very best as they enter their journey into parenthood."

The royal baby was born at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London.

News of the birth was displayed on an ornate easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, in line with tradition.

A bulletin - signed by the Queen's gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who led the medical team that delivered the baby - was taken by a royal aide from St Mary's to the palace under police escort.

The Kensington Palace press release said the Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

Image caption The couple did not know the sex of their child before the birth

"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news," it said.

The Prince of Wales, in a separate statement, said he was "enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time", adding that it was "an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine".

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have lived on Anglesey since 2010, while he works as an RAF helicopter rescue pilot.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have lived on Anglesey since 2010, while he works as an RAF helicopter rescue pilot.

Last month, his father and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Wales for their annual summer tour.

The leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies AM, said the birth was "wonderful news", adding: "We wish them well with their new arrival and I am sure they will make a loving and caring family.

"I know the rest of the nation - along with the Royal Family - will be equally happy for them at this joyous time."