The new prince has finally arrived! Congrats to Prince William and his lovely wife Kate.
Here is a quick report, source: BBC
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 their first visitors.
Speaking as she left St Mary’s Hospital, Mrs Middleton told reporters the baby was “absolutely beautiful”.
It is thought the new family will leave this evening or early on Wednesday.
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”.
Asked if she had been told the boy’s name, she 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.
Meanwhile, the church bells of Westminster Abbey, where William and Catherine were married in April 2011, rang for three hours.
The Middletons arrived at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, in Paddington, west London, by taxi shortly after 15:00 BST.
They were greeted by its lead clinician, Jonathan Ramsay, and paused briefly on the steps for the mass of photographers gathered outside before going inside.
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.
There has been no word yet on what the couple plan to name the prince.
The arrival generated headlines and celebrations around the world, and prompted messages of goodwill to flood in:
- New Yorkers were informed of the news when it was tickered in lights at Times Square
- In London, Trafalgar Square was lit blue for a boy, while the BT Tower delivered the message: “It’s a boy!”
- 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