Royal pub 'almost lifted'
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The Great Kate Wait is over, and the UK - and Australia - has a new third in line to the throne.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm.
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a boy in London's St Mary's Hospital, the palace has announced.
Hundreds of media crews from around the word wait outside the Lindo Wing of Saint Mary's Hospital in Paddington. Photo: AFP
“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm.
“The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz.
“The Duke of Cambridge was present for 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.
“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight,” a statement read.
Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who were courting the media throughout the day, are besotted.
“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy,” they said via a statement.
The Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour. Photo: AP
“Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”
Closer to home, Governor-General Quentin Bryce released a statement, congratulating the royal couple on the birth of their son.
On behalf of all Australians, I send heartfelt congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on this joyful occasion.
Royal babies through the ages
This picture of Queen Elizabeth and her second son, Prince Andrew as a baby was made by Mr Cecil Beaton in the music room at Buckingham Palace, London. The Prince is only just over a month old.
“The birth of a baby is an experience to celebrate and cherish. We wish the new parents every happiness and send warm greetings of welcome to the little Prince,” the Governor-General said.
Kate went into labour in the early hours of the morning, UK time, as a big thunderstorm rolled over London, and dodged most of the expectant media to make a low-key entrance to the hospital.
An hour later Kensington Palace announced: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted this morning to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labour.".
“The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.”
For the next 12 hours, as London sweltered through its hottest day in eight years, local media went into a frenzy of speculation and anticipation, as official sources maintained a stoic silence.
All they would confirm was that the labour was progressing "normally", not addressing speculation that the baby, believed to be days late, would have to be induced.
The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth in the private Lindo Wing of the NHS hospital St Mary’s in Paddington, west London, which is besieged by a huge media posse.
She was attended by doctors from the royal household, assisted by hospital staff, and with Prince William by her side - who is on annual leave from his job as an RAF search and rescue pilot.
The team was led by Marcus Setchell, who served for almost two decades as the Queen’s surgeon/gynaecologist and has delivered several royals as well as Tony Blair and Cherie Booth’s fourth child, Leo.
The baby will be third in line to the throne.
Once the baby was delivered, Prince William was expected to make a call to the Queen on an encrypted phone.
At the same time members of the royal family and the Middleton family were to be told of the birth. The Palace also informed the UK government, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the governors-general of the realms including Australia.
Shortly before the birth, Kensington Palace announced a change in procedure for the official announcement.
Before the medical bulletin was posted outside Buckingham Palace, a formal press release was circulated to ensure the news was disseminated "as quickly and as easily as possible".
Meanwhile, the medical team signed the formal notice which was then taken by car to Buckingham Palace.
Both the press release and medical notice also revealed the baby’s sex.
The formal notice was then placed, according to time-worn tradition, on a wooden easel in the Buckingham Palace forecourt. The placement of the notice on the easel marked the moment that the birth was ‘officially’ announced – and at that point the palace had already released the news via Twitter and other electronic media.
The same easel was used to announce William’s birth, though for some other royal births the notice has been chained to the palace railings.
The baby’s name has not been revealed – and may not be announced until days after the birth. Officially it will be titled “His (or Her) royal highness, prince (or princess) of Cambridge” – the family name of Windsor may not appear on the official birth certificate.
According to the statement, “The baby is third in the line of Succession after His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge. He is styled His Royal Highness Prince [name] of Cambridge.”
The first that the public will see of the baby will be when the couple leave the hospital after the birth – at a time agreed on by the couple and their doctors.
The Duchess had her last official public appearance last month.
Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine, told Reuters that Prince William wanted to keep the media at bay.
“He saw the way his mother, Princess Diana, suffered at the hands of the paparazzi, and he wants to make sure this does not happen to his wife or his own children,” he said.
The arrival is expected to send Brits into a royal frenzy. The UK’s Centre for Retail Research has predicted a $AU138 million splurge on festivities including $98 million on alcohol, much of it gushing from 3 million bottles of champagne.
They expect a further $126 million to go on souvenirs and toys, and $120 million on books, DVDs and other media.
Retailers are waiting with bated breath to find out which brand or style of pram the royal use, with the lucky manufacturer (it’s rumoured to be a royal blue Bugaboo) to expect a healthy boost in sales – and the same goes for their choice of clothes and toys.
“The ‘Kate effect’ has already taken the fashion world by storm with each of her choices flying off the shelves within moments of her leaving the house,” said Professor Joshua Bamfield, Director of Centre for Retail Research.
“This trend will follow for the heirs baby grows, rattles, first bike and so on. It’s a culture of ‘keeping up with the Cambridge’s’ that isn’t going away.”
The UK’s advertising watchdog has already warned marketers not to misuse royal names, pictures or emblems in their push to sell memorabilia.
Us Weekly magazine (source of several royal birth rumours that turned out not to be correct) has reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are planning a trip to Australia and New Zealand in (northern) spring next year, with the baby in tow.
- with Jenna Clarke