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  • The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz (about 3.8 kgs).
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    How the world celebrated the birth of the new royal heir to the house of Windsor. Edited by Sarah Berry, Michael O'Reilly, Jenna Clarke and Katherine Feeney.

    BASIC BABY FACTS:

  • Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm London time.
  • The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz (about 3.8 kgs).
  • William, Duke of Cambridge, was present for the birth.
  • Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.

  • For more on the royal birth, click here.

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    What will the royal baby be called?

    Albert, Charles and George are all possible names for the royal baby but there may be a hint of disappointment that there will now be "three generations of kings".

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    Katherine Feeney: And that about brings our live coverage to a close.

    With night well and truly descended over the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, London, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are resting with their new baby boy, we aren't expecting too much action until daybreak in Old Blighty.

    Hopefully then the world will catch their first glimpse of the new prince and heir to the throne of England.

    Hopefully then we'll find out the baby's name.

    But all of that will have to wait, at least until after the new mum and dad have finished their breakfast.

    Full English?

    You bet.

    Thanks for your company.

    Toodle-pip!

    Katherine Feeney: Meanwhile Clarence House has put together an official social media wrap.

    Katherine Feeney: Time for an update on our baby name poll: George remains the hot favourite, with 50 per cent of the vote.

    George is also a favourite with bookies - it's at 6/1 in the US and 2/1 in the UK.

    Why? Possibly because the previous Prince of Cambridge was a George. George is also the patron saint of England, and the name of the king of Britain for 116 straight years. Apparently it's of Greek and English origin, and means 'farmer'.

    Poll: The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton has been delivered of a baby boy. The child is now third in line to the throne. This much we know - but what about his name?

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    44%

    Francis

    10%

    Philip

    20%

    William

    5%

    Something a little more contemporary - Cruz worked for Posh and Becks...

    21%

    Total votes: 2380.

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    Katherine Feeney: Here are some interesting facts about this whole #royalbaby business from our Social Media Editor Georgia Waters.

    Google Trends is showing there have been more than 2 million searches for 'royal baby' in the US.

     

    Twitter has also released information on the #RoyalBaby interest.

    • There have been more than 2 million mentions of the birth on Twitter (that's under the various hashtags, such as #royalbaby, #royalbabyboy, #royalbabywatch etc.
    • Peak in conversation was just after the birth announcement, with 25,000 tweets per minute.
    • #royalbaby hashtag, the most popular tag, has been used more than 900,000 times since the Duchess of Cambridge went into hospital.

    And Facebook has been tracking the countries most interested in news of the royal baby.

    The top 5 countries 'buzzing' about it are:

    1. UK
    2. US
    3. Canada
    4. Italy
    5. France

    Meanwhile the official announcement from the British Monarchy FB page Has 258,000 likes so far.

    A trends map released by Facebook showing interest in the royal baby across the world.

    A trends map released by Facebook showing interest in the royal baby across the world.

    Katherine Feeney: While we wait for the Duke and Duchess to emerge from hospital - which could be in the next 12 hours or so - thoughts turn to the kind of environment the young Prince of Cambridge will grow up in. According to the BBC News Magazine, the Duke and Duchess have been making plans for the future king to receive "a thoroughly modern upbringing".

    Unlike generations past, the new parents are expected to have a much more hands-on role in the upbringing of their royal progeny. Apparently William and Catherine are determined to rely less on an army of nannies and staffers, and involve their parents more. That will probably wash well with the grandparents. The Middletons - as 'common folk' - will surely know their way around a nappy, while Charles and Diana were famously active in their son's upbringing.

    In fact, we're expecting William will emulate his dad's obvious, unstuffy enthusiasm when he finally appears - possibly with his wife by his side and baby in arms - to greet the public with the happy news...

    Katherine Feeney:

    Tony Appleton. Click for more photos

    Royal baby: the world celebrates

    Tony Appleton. Photo: AP

    Katherine Feeney: And now, thoughts on #royalbaby from across the pond:

    A portrait of the previous Prince of Cambridge, George, who was also the 2nd Duke of Cambridge.

    A portrait of the previous Prince of Cambridge, George, who was also the 2nd Duke of Cambridge. Photo: Wiki Commons

    Katherine Feeney: According to The Guardian, Catherine and William's son is the first to bear the Prince of Cambridge title in nearly 200 years. But mum and dad shouldn't be so keen to have him grow up like his predecessor. The paper has reported the Press Association's characterisation of the previous PoC which depicts him as a man with a "wandering eye" and "daft ideas about promotion within the military".

    You can check out the Wiki page for the gentleman in question right here.

    Blimey!

    Katherine Feeney: Royal watchers have been doing the rounds of morning radio this morning, and the ABC was no exception. According to a guest on Fran Kelly's Radio National show there are two names that the royal baby boy can't have: Oliver or Stephen.

    Why?

    Apparently no royals can be named Oliver because of that pesky revolution staged by one Oliver Cromwell. Stephen, meanwhile, raises the spectre of the grandson of William the Conquerer who reigned during a period of anarchy in England (from 1135 to 1154).

    Thankfully neither of those names are featured in our baby name poll. What's in a name indeed.

    Katherine Feeney: It might have been too late for Australian newspapers, but the royal birth was perfectly timed for front pages of the UK Press:

    And our personal favourite:

    Katherine Feeney: So we know that the Duchess of Cambridge will remain in hospital overnight, with her husband and baby by her side. That's quite nice really. Especially when you consider the comfort afforded to guests of the swanky Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital.

    According to the Daily Mail, the post-natal rooms boast "every conceivable comfort for a mother-to-be", including comfortable recliners for visitors, all your mod-cons, and a dedicated catering staff offering a variety of food options plus a "specially compiled" wine list (Champagne, anyone?).

    Apparently the bill for Catherine's overnight stay a suite in the wing could more than £10,000, though  "prices and information available on request and subject to availability."

    Katherine Feeney: London delights at the birth of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's son at St. Mary's hospital. Europe correspondent Nick Miller reports.

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    It's a future king!

    London delights at the birth of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's son at St. Mary's hospital. Europe correspondent Nick Miller reports.

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    Katherine Feeney: The Australian Republican Movement has made their feelings about the royal baby abundantly clear via a statement issued by National Director David Morris earlier this morning:

    "The Australian Republican Movement sends its best wishes to the people of the United Kingdom and to the British royal family on the birth of their future monarch. We look forward to a future day when an Australian Head of State can stand beside the British monarch as friends and equals, cheering for our team just as the British Head of State cheers for the British team, in friendly rivalry.

    "Imagine, somewhere in Australia at this moment a future Australian Head of State could be born, who will grow up learning about Australian values such as the fair go and equality, and earn their future role on merit, through hard work and undivided commitment to Australia.

    "Our next Head of State could be an Aboriginal Australian, a descendent of the gold rushes or the child of a recent migrant, but only if we complete our national journey by a transition to a republic."

    Katherine Feeney: But what, oh WHAT, will the royal baby look like?

    According to a geneticist featured on Sunrise this morning, the baby will probably have brown hair like his mother. However there's a six percent chance the red hair the baby's uncle, Prince Harry, has been blessed with will crop up. The genes behind Kate's green eyes are also more dominant than those responsible for William's blue, apparently, so chances are the heir's peepers will be limpid pools of greenish-blue.

    But here's the tallest tale: With William standing a regal 1.91 metres, and Catherine measuring 1.78 metres high, the baby boy could grow to stand 2.04 metres tall!

    That's a fair bit bigger than  the tallest British monarch on record, Edward IV, whose skeleton measures 1.94 m...

    Who will the new royal baby most resemble? Harry's red hair has a small chance of being passed on, but chances are the baby boy will look most like Kate, geneticists say.

    Who will the new royal baby most resemble? Harry's red hair has a small chance of being passed on, but chances are the baby boy will look most like Kate, geneticists say. Photo: AFP

    Katherine Feeney: Prince William was born June 21, 1982. His son was born July 22, 2013. So, by our calculations, the young Prince of Cambridge is a Cancer - just like his dad.

    Here's their horoscope for the day, according to resident Fairfax astrologer Kelli Fox:

    "You may have to deal with the public in some way today. This might mean speaking to a group at work, or making phone calls about a certain matter or cause. No matter how much you love people or believe in your project, this kind of work can wear you out. It takes a lot out of you to interact with so many people! Be sure to build in relaxation time, or get to bed early."

    Charles, Prince of Wales, and then-wife, Princess Diana, take home their newborn son Prince William who was born at St Mary's Hospital on June 21, 1982.

    Charles, Prince of Wales, and then-wife, Princess Diana, take home their newborn son Prince William who was born at St Mary's Hospital on June 21, 1982. Photo: John Redman

    Katherine Feeney: And here's the scoop from the desk of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd:

    "On behalf of all Australians, Therese and I extend our warmest regards to the new parents, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William holds a special place in the hearts of many Australians. Some of us remember his first visit to this country as a 9 month old baby more than 30 years ago with his mother Diana and father Charles.

    "In more recent times, Prince William demonstrated deep compassion when he met with families in Victoria who had lost everything during the Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009. We share in the joy of the Royal Family, particularly Prince Charles on the birth of his grandson and Queen Elizabeth II on the birth of her great grandchild. This is a happy day for our close friends in Britain and the Commonwealth."

    Katherine Feeney: This just in from the Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott:

    "Margie and I join all Australians in extending to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge congratulations and best wishes on the birth of their son. This would be the happiest day in their lives and all Australians share their joy. While there will come a time to contemplate the constitutional duties that await the young Prince, today we simply welcome a baby boy into the world and share the joy of this young family. I am sure that over the course of his life, the Prince will, like the rest of his family, develop a deep affection for our country, as we already have for him."

    Katherine Feeney: RAW VIDEO: British Prime Minister David Cameron congratulates Prince William and his wife Kate on the birth of their baby boy.

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    The British PM David Cameron emerges from 10 Downing Street to congratulate the royal couple on the birth of their baby boy.

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    Katherine Feeney: We're hearing that new dad Prince William won't come out to say g'day to the media scrum or crowds of subjects, opting to stay inside the hospital with his wife, Catherine, and new baby boy... But the BBC has Tweeted a quote from the Duke: "We could not be happier", he's said to have said...

    Katherine Feeney: Just to recap: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge "has been delivered" of a baby boy. He is about 3.8 kilograms large (8lbs 6oz), and he arrived at 4.24 pm London time. He'll be the Prince of Cambrige, but we don't yet know what his first name will be. Clarence House has said mother and baby are doing well, and will remain at the Lido Wing of St Mary's Hospital overnight. We're yet to hear from the Queen, or new dad Prince William, however grand-dad Prince Charles of Wales is officially "proud and happy".

    Tony Appleton, a town crier,  announces the birth of the royal baby, outside St. Mary's Hospital.

    Tony Appleton, a town crier, announces the birth of the royal baby, outside St. Mary's Hospital. Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis

    Katherine Feeney: Beyond the official announcements regarding this most royal affair come the comments - most using #royalbaby - that remind us there's a human side to this equation. Yes, this baby is going to inherit a throne. Yes, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very important people. But they are also 'just' two new parents, with a new baby boy, who will wail and cry and carry on like the rest of us. And, as new parents may attest, a little bit of a laugh goes a long, long way. So here are some of our favourite lulz from the interwebs this AM:

    Nick Miller, London: The royalists who have been waiting outside the hospital for weeks are still dancing and singing in celebration.

    Flags are being waved, party poppers are popping and the mood is a combination of relief and excitement. And of course everyone is on tenterhooks for the next historic moment - a glimpse of the young prince...

    Katherine Feeney:

    Poll: The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton has been delivered of a baby boy. The child is now third in line to the throne. This much we know - but what about his name?

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    George

    44%

    Francis

    10%

    Philip

    20%

    William

    5%

    Something a little more contemporary - Cruz worked for Posh and Becks...

    21%

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    Katherine Feeney: They may have stuck with tradition to some degree - cue bell-donging royal crier and royal decree easel erecting - but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also a thoroughly modern couple, as evidenced by this:

    Will you be signing the card?

    Clarence House releases a digital card to celebrate the royal birth.

    Clarence House releases a digital card to celebrate the royal birth.

    Katherine Feeney: We have reports that there are extra police gathering outside St Mary's Hospital. Assembled TV crews are abuzz with excitement as it could indicate new dad Prince William may be preparing to step out and greet the press.

    His wife, Catherine, and their new baby boy - who has now pipped uncle Harry to become third in line to the throne - will remain in hospital overnight. 

    Katherine Feeney: There shall be a veritable deluge of official congratulations this morning. We're yet to hear from the new parents directly, or new uncle Harry, or the Queen (who we presume will be much amused). But the BBC has the word from the PM:

    Nick Miller: The Governor-General Quentin Bryce has also put forward her official comments:

    “On behalf of all Australians, I send heartfelt congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on this joyful occasion.

    “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.

    Katherine Feeney: The Prince of Wales has just issued an official statement:

    “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.

    "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.”

    Katherine Feeney: "On this day..." the future King of England is born, decrees the Royal Crier Tony Appleton outside St Mary's Hospital. He's in feathered cap and is ringing his bell and has just read the official Royal Proclamation. He's told the Seven Network he knew it would be a boy. He won't be the first or last to say that today...

    Katherine Feeney: There's been so much talk about this news we have been 'delivered of' this morning. No doubt the news networks out here in the colonies are doffing caps to the Royal Couple who have managed to time the birth of their new baby boy - who will be Prince of Cambridge - perfectly for the morning news cycle. 

    Capital effort Clarence House. 62-gun salute!

    Nick Miller: Chris and Susan Lambert, from Sydney, were among the crowds outside the palace when the news broke, with grins all over their faces.

    "It's certainly a memorable moment," said Susan.

    A professional midwife, Susan had made a canny prediction that the baby wouldn't arrive until late afternoon, so the family fit in a good day of sightseeing - including a prayer for Kate at Westminster Cathedral - before ending the day at the palace.

    "Nice way to round off the day," said Chris.

    Crowds outside Buckingham Palace.

    Crowds outside Buckingham Palace. Photo: AFP

    Nick Miller: Excited crowds squeal with excitement as easel carrying official announcement is carried into forecourt of Buckingham Palace. 

     

    It's a boy: the official announcement of the birth of the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is posted at the gates of  Buckingham Palace.

    It's a boy: the official announcement of the birth of the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is posted at the gates of Buckingham Palace. Photo: AP

    Nick Miller: Literally screams of excitement at Buckingham Palace as crowds hear the news. Easel coming out now. 

    Jenna Clarke: According to a statement issued by Kensington Palace, "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm."

    Baby Cambridge 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.

    Jenna Clarke: It's a boy! 

    Jenna Clarke: Could this be it? Are we almost there?

    Nick Miller: There is, apparently, going to be some very fierce debate between astrologers over whether or not this baby is a Leo.

    Right on the cusp I'm told by a bunch of American tourists who are still gawking at the gates of the palace.

    Nick Miller: My hospital worker buddy speculates that the baby may already be born but the delay could be paperwork.

    "Try to get more than one doctor to sign something and its going to take you hours," she says, half joking.

    Nick Miller: There is some disappointment here that the easel will not now be the moment of the official announcement. 

    But there is definitely a sense of excitement building. There are not huge crowds, just people sitting and chatting and picnicking.

    Someone's got a party kazoo that they're blowing in preemptive celebration. 

    Jenna Clarke: Kensington Palace have announced a change in procedure. They will issue a formal press release so the news can be disseminated "quickly and easily as possible". The bulletin will still be posted outside Buckingham Palace but following the initial "press statement".

    Jenna Clarke: Tweets from royal correspondents on the scene in London suggest we will be receiving news very, very soon.

    Jenna Clarke: The soon to be grandfather, the Prince of Wales, is giving good quote today.

    Jenna Clarke: A fun, but not really surprising fact, according to Yahoo! people are searching "royal baby" five times the rate they searched "Kim Kardashian Baby".

    Baby North West was born five weeks premature on June 15. Kim is yet to be seen in public. There are reports the reality star doesn't want to make any public appearances until she has "lost her baby weight".

    Her baby daddy, Mr West, on the other hand has been spotted out quite a bit. He may be facing assault charges after attacking a photographer at the weekend.

    Kim and Kanye

    Jenna Clarke: It's just gone 7.30pm and it's still scorching hot in London. The temperature is hovering around the 31 degree mark. Nick Miller reports that an onlooker waiting at the palace has collapsed and is being treated by paramedics. 

    "If someone came down here selling water bottles, they'd make a mint," he said.

    For any Londoners out there looking to make some spare change, you're welcome.

    Jenna Clarke: According to our friends over at Essential Baby, the Duchess isn't the only famous woman expecting around this time. Here are few other blooming beauties due to give birth in the coming months.

    Scarlett Johannson has given birth to her first child, a girl named Rose. Click for more photos

    Celebrity pregnancy and birth news

    Scarlett Johannson has given birth to her first child, a girl named Rose.

    Jenna Clarke: And the award for the worst royal baby inspired social media account goes to...

    Jenna Clarke: Pretty much sums it up.

    Nick Miller: I've just had a chat to an Aussie nurse - working at a London hospital - who's come down to the palace to check things out.

    She and her friend, another Aussie hospital worker, reckon that, especially with a royal baby, they wouldn't let labour go much past 12 hours without some kind of intervention. So odds on a baby in the next few hours, according to this impeccable source!

    Jenna Clarke: It's been a long, hot day in London with the mercury tipping close to 35 degrees and ice cream literally being the hottest accessory in Old Blighty today, so it's good to see the Palace being considerate to their loyal subjects and nosy tourists. If the baby doesn't arrive within the next four hours, Londoners will have to wait until Tuesday morning to see the official decree.   

    Jenna Clarke: Catherine went into labour on the same day as the world's biggest boy band (who also happen to be her countrymen) One Direction released their latest single "Best Song Ever". No surprises that it went straight to the top of the iTunes charts around the world.

    However one emerging singer-songwriter from New Zealand, 16-year-old Ella Yelich-O'Connor, who goes by the stage name Lorde, could steal their top of the pops crown. The schoolgirl-turned-songstress is making waves on the international charts and music streaming channels in the US and Australia with her debut single, which is aptly titled "Royals".  

    What are the chances this will be Harry, Pippa, Beatrice and Eugenie's summer anthem this year? 

    Nick Miller: Excitement as some kind of military-looking helicopter comes in to land near Buckingham Palace, for no immediately obvious reason.

    Helicopter landing at the palace

    Nick Miller: It's now 6pm in London, and at least 12 hours since Kate went into labour. Should be soon folks!

    Jenna Clarke: This gif is from the royal couple's visit to the Making of Harry Potter exhibition at the Warner Bros studios in Hertfordshire earlier this year. It's doing the rounds on the internet with the tagline: "How the royal baby was conceived". Very cute. 

    Royal magic

     

    Jenna Clarke: Our UK correspondent Nick Miller is "glued to the palace gates", where the official announcement of the birth will take place.

    However, he tells me that we will know the baby has been born when an official car leaves the hospital in Paddington with a medical bulletin, signed by the doctor, and heads to Buckingham Palace.

    The bulletin will be placed on an easel on the gates where the general public will discover the sex, weight and time of birth. A notice from either Kensington or Buckingham Palace will also be issued via email and Twitter. 

    Jenna Clarke: Thirty-one years ago a bemused looking Prince Charles addressed the world's media outside St Mary's Hospital following the birth of his first child, "Baby Wales", who was later christened "William Arthur Philip Louis" aka Prince William.

    No word yet if Prince William will follow in his father's footsteps and front the hungry press pack. However if he does we can take comfort in the fact that he's a little more polished (and media savvy) than Charles, so I doubt we'll hear him borrow the phrases, "it's a shock to my system" and it's "rather a grown up thing to do", when discussing fatherhood.

    So, how is your royal genealogy coming along? Did you see The King's Speech but are still unsure where George VI fits in with the present - and expected - batch of royals? And Captain Mark Phillips - what's going on along that line? Where is Zara's baby going to fit in?

    A nifty little graphic here from USA Today.

    Meanwhile, it's another day at the office for Prince Charles, even as he awaits news of the birth of his first grandchild.

    Britain's Mirfield Reporter:

    "The Prince of Wales will visit Pontefract today (Monday) as he waits for news on the birth of his first grandchild.

    "As interest in the royal baby focuses on St Mary's Hospital, in London, Charles will be welcomed by farmers and staff at Dovecote Park in Stapleton this afternoon as part of a two-day tour of Yorkshire."

    Read the full report here.

     

    Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales talks to workers at Dovecote Park in Pontefract, West Yorkshire on Monday.

    Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales talks to workers at Dovecote Park in Pontefract, West Yorkshire on Monday. Photo: AFP

    Nick Miller with more tales from the frontline:

    The couple next to me at the Buckingham Palace gates are debating whether to wait for the baby announcement or go to Nando's. They've been here for two hours and the most exciting bit was when they thought one of the palace guardsmen was going to collapse from heat exhaustion.

    It can't be easy wearing an enormous furry hat in 33 degree heat, and he was swaying a little.

    Our Europe Correspondent, Nick Miller, mentioned further down that: "The royal standard is flying over Buckingham Palace. That means the Queen has arrived from Windsor Castle, ready to receive the official announcement of the royal birth."

    Here comes the great-grandmother-in-waiting.

     

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II returns in a car to Buckingham Palace in London on July 22, 2013.

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II returns in a car to Buckingham Palace in London on July 22, 2013. Photo: AFP

    Well, at least the royals are unlikely to name their child "North".

     

    Flags at the ready as Britain - and the world - awaits the arrival of the new royal.

    Britain's Union flags fly on the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace.

    Britain's Union flags fly on the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace. Photo: AFP

    But what present to get for a royal baby? Better yet, what royal present to get for a baby?

    Our staff at Essential Baby have compiled a selection. From $6 to $4000, there's something to suit every budget.

    A Royal Baby pillow by <a href=Naked Decor, $54.50, is a cute addition to any nursery due around the Duchess's due date." /> Click for more photos

    Gifts for your prince or princess

    A Royal Baby pillow by Naked Decor, $54.50, is a cute addition to any nursery due around the Duchess's due date.

    Nick Miller in London:

    "The royal standard is flying over Buckingham Palace. That means the Queen has arrived from Windsor Castle, ready to receive the official announcement of the royal birth."

    Meanwhile, the royal subjects are finding a way to keep cool on the hottest day of the year, by having a paddle - or going for a shirtless wade - in the fountain outside Buckingham Palace.

    Nick has his own methods of staying cool, but they may be under threat: "Ice cream update: the van in Green Park nearest Buckingham Palace is nearly out of vanilla and toffee ripple, but there's plenty of rum'n'raisin."

    Keeping cool outside Buckingham Palace as news of the royal baby is awaited.

    Keeping cool outside Buckingham Palace as news of the royal baby is awaited. Photo: Nick Miller

    Royal announcement whips media into a front page frenzy!

    It's been a busy 24 hours for royal families in Europe. Belgium's King Albert II has abdicated at the age of 79, with his son Philippe ascending the throne as the nation's seventh king on Sunday amid National Day celebrations marked by hopes the fragile nation can remain united.

    Read more here.

    A picture taken on July 22, 2013 in Brussels shows the front page of Belgian newspapers a day after the inauguration of King Philippe. Yesterday, on Belgium's National Day, King Albert II of Belgium abdicated from the throne in favour of his son Philippe of Belgium after 20 years of reign.

    A picture taken on July 22, 2013 in Brussels shows the front page of Belgian newspapers a day after the inauguration of King Philippe. Yesterday, on Belgium's National Day, King Albert II of Belgium abdicated from the throne in favour of his son Philippe of Belgium after 20 years of reign. Photo: AFP

    A commenter, listing herself as "Mum of Four", has suggested the following: "My daughter suggested as soon as it's born prince William should bring the baby out and hold it up for all the adoring subjects to bow down - a la "the Lion King" ;p"

    She later sent another message assuring us that she was being tongue in cheek.

    "Melbournian" who is listed as living in Singapore gets the joke: "mum of 4 ... i don't think this reply was aimed at you ... and your daughters comment is gorgeous!"

    Let's study that proposal, shall we?

     

    Royal supporter Terry Hutt poses for a picture outside the Lindo Wing of Saint Mary's Hospital in Paddington.

    Royal supporter Terry Hutt poses for a picture outside the Lindo Wing of Saint Mary's Hospital in Paddington. Photo: AFP

    Royal supporter Terry Hutt? You sure we've got the right descriptor?

    When royal fans go fanatic, they really apply themselves to the task.

    Meanwhile, baby name speculation continues unabated on that most democratic of information sources, Twitter.

     

    Royal fan Teba Diatta stands outside St Mary's Hospital with a cake on July 22, 2013 in London, England.

    Royal fan Teba Diatta stands outside St Mary's Hospital with a cake on July 22, 2013 in London, England. Photo: Getty

    Well, as the clock ticks towards midnight, with nary a sign of an announcement from the hospital doors, maybe it's time for a little night music.

    A few months ago it was reported that the composer who wrote music for the royal wedding had subsequently written a lullaby for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby.

    It "seemed natural" to mark the "next stage of the royal couple's journey together", said Paul Mealor.

    It has since been recorded with vocals by Kiwi songbird Hayley Westenra. It's surprisingly lovely. Give it a listen, especially if you're going to bed soon.

    It's even hotter in central London, says Nick Miller: "As the mercury hits 33C outside Buckingham Palace, a lot of the royal watchers have sought the shade of Green Park next door. The ice cream guy is doing a roaring trade."

    Britain's Met Office has announced that today is officially the hottest day of the year. So, there was a full moon, a thunderstorm, the third in line to the throne is busy being born, and now, "phew, what a scorcher". A special day indeed.

    Compare and contrast. This is how the media of the day greeted the arrival of the imminent bub's granddad, Prince Charles.

    "Only a few months old, His Royal Highness makes his debut in front of the cameras."

    Somehow, I don't think we'll have to wait as long as that to see the new arrival ...

     

    Which poses the question: what will the impact of the royal birth have on the republican debate in Australia?

    Almost a year ago, Fairfax Media ran an opinion piece by Australian-in-London Kathy Lette on that very issue. "Imagine the PR boost if, or when, Will and Kate produce an heir," the introduction read.

    "Let's not allow a royal baby to be a PR stealth weapon, flying right under our republican radar," she warned.

    You can read the article here.

    The people at @RepublicStaff's Twitter account are refusing to come to the party. They're taking swings at that most venerable British institution, the BBC, at the same time.

     

    Fairfax's Europe Correspondent Nick Miller describes the scene outside the hospital, and walks us through the process that will be followed once the royal baby is born.

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    Royal baby frenzy grips Britain

    Europe correspondent Nick Miller describes the scene outside Buckingham Palace as crowds gather awaiting news of the royal baby, while the world's media goes into overdrive outside the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is in labour.

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    Our man on the hospital doorstep, Nick Miller, has been turning his ear to the rapportage around him.

    "As news continues not to happen, media have turned to examining what may have triggered Kate's labour. Was it last night's full moon? Or the morning's thunderstorm? Or something astrological to do with Mercury retrograde? Despite the answer to all these questions being "no", it seems to be time to ask them ..."

    It's Prince Wills! The expectant father has come out to have a quiet word with the media outside St Mary's Hospital!

    Err ... not so much. Just a bit of mask-wearing by one of the camera operators waiting in a media "pen" outside the Lindo Wing. Let's hope they're all on penalty rates.

    A TV camera operator wears a Prince William mask in a pen outside  The Lindo Wing of Saint Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London.

    A TV camera operator wears a Prince William mask in a pen outside The Lindo Wing of Saint Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London. Photo: AFP

    While we wait for the future heir to the throne, another trip down memory lane.

    A look at the maternity wear and babies of the British royal family over the years.

    The Queen Mother (as the Duchess of York) with her baby daughters, Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), and Princess Maragaret (centre) in 1931. Click for more photos

    Royal pregnancies

    The Queen Mother (as the Duchess of York) with her baby daughters, Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), and Princess Maragaret (centre) in 1931.

    The Sun newspaper says it is quoting the grandfather-to-be.

     

    The parody Twitter account of the Queen has already got in on the shopping spree.

    Meanwhile, the producers of royal memorabilia must surely be in overdrive. The London Telegraph has reported that the royal birth is expected to generate a £243 million ($404 million) spending spree over the next two months, with at least £80 million being spent on souvenirs.

    The race will be on the moment the gender and name of the baby are released - not to mention the first pictures.

    The media outside St Mary's Hospital is in a state of perpetual readiness ...

    Makeup is applied to a television journalist in front of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrived to give birth.

    Makeup is applied to a television journalist in front of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrived to give birth. Photo: Reuters

    A reader just informed me that there's already a Facebook page to congratulate the royal couple. Do you think they will they ever see it?

    Can't decide whether this is completely creepy or quite cool... regardless this composite, courtesy of Digital Spy, is utterly fascinating. Messed up haircuts all the same...

     

    Will all the coverage lead to monarchy overkill? The Republicans reckon so:

    Meanwhile, whatever star sign the baby is, other newborns who share their birthday will get a nifty gift. The Royal Mint has minted 2,013 silver coins bearing a shield of the Royal Arms for all British bubs born on the same day.

    Just for a moment we must consider some of the more serious implications of the royal birth. Namely, is it going to be a Leo, like Princess Anne and Princess Margaret or a Cancerian, like Prince William and Diana (pictured below)?

    Apparently bub has to make an appearance within the next four and a half hours if it is going to be a Cancer. Before 4.54pm London time to be precise. There is a full moon on the way which is said to help with contractions.

    According to The Daily Mail, the issue is dividing the masses and sending the Twittersphere into a frenzy. We can only hope the astrologers don't strike.

    Let the race begin...

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    Assuming all is going to plan, by morning we should have a new addition to the royal family. As for how her labour is going, it's been said that Kate is not to posh to push.

    In fact, some reports say Kate has been considering hypnosis to deal with the pain of a natural labour. Advocates of the 'hypno-birth' technique say that it helps women use their mind to seize control of the birthing process and learn techniques that allow the production of oxytocin, a pain relieving hormone which stimulates the uterus.

    Charles confirms he knows nothing:

    This is taking royal portraits to a whole new level (base?):

    Yes, it's a very exciting occasion... British PM David Cameron states the obvious:

    More from around the world. This is going to be one impressive entrance:

    Sweet synchronicity: apparently Kate's waters broke this morning as a thunderstorm rolled in over London. For the crowds gathering outside the palace and hospital for the announcement of the birth however, it is likely to be a long, hot day. It is not yet 11.30am over there and according to weather forecasts, today is set to be the hottest day of the year so far. London has been in a 'heatwave' for more than a week, and today the mercury is tipped to be 32 degrees C and humid. 

    Policemen at Buckingham Palace have just asked the crowds to clear away from the front gate. Not sure if this means anything beyond crowd control, Nick Miller says.

    They have also just warned the ever-growing crowd that pickpockets are taking advantage of the opportunity. Keep an eye on your wallets and passports, they say.

    Meanwhile, it's time for that time-worn Buckingham Palace tradition - the changing of the guard.

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    It's simultaneously a historic moment... and business as usual.

    Nick Miller tells us that hundreds of excited tourists and members of the public are already gathered outside Buckingham Palace, waiting for the official announcement. It could be a long wait. In the meantime they can gawk at the palace guards and also watch a gardener who is spraying the forecourt for weeds.

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    Like puppies patiently waiting by the door, so the media and public wait Nick Miller tells us, excited and expectant looking intently at a closed door.

     

    The world is waking up and now there are more than 30,000 #royalbaby Tweets. That hash tag is an insatiable beast.

    Here's a shot, capturing a small sea of onlookers and media outside St Mary's, by Nick Miller.

    He tells us that the waiting media contingent are keeping busy. The inside word is that the BBC correspondent is very funny - "he has already made the point several times that he has no news but they keep crossing back to him".
     
    Miller also says that desperate times are calling for desperate measures. "Some of the media are interviewing each other, some are interviewing the diehard royalists who have been patiently waiting here more than a week and have probably been interviewed about 100 times each over that period."

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    Our London correspondent, Nick Miller talks us through who Kate's medical team is and explains what on earth the 'Kate Effect' is.

    Sydney Morning Herald's The Diary editor and avid royal watcher, Daisy Dumas gives the low-down on what we know so far and what to expect.

    Britain's Prince WiIliam, the Duke of Cambridge, (L) poses for pictures with his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as they leave the King Edward VII hospital in central London, on December 6, 2012. Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine left a London hospital on Thursday, four days after she was admitted for treatment for acute morning sickness. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal Click to play video

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    Kate goes into labour

    The royal baby is on its way and Daisy Dumas tells us what to expect over the next few days.

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    Given the media has been on a stakeout of the hospital for nearly a month, the pressure and competition to get pictures is fierce. Looks like the royals are coming up trumps so far and this is the best the media has managed:

    Maybe the Queen knew and Charles didn't! He's apparently in York today, which is nearly four hours from London...

    Did the royal family know the baby was coming today? This Tweet from BBC royal Correspondent, Peter Hunt:

    US Weekly is getting all crazy on us with this controversial Tweet:

     

    With Tweets from around the world coming in thick and fast, let's take a look at some of the reactions...

    The Daily Express is already managing to make an exciting day utterly depressing:

    "The tiny tot [will be] endlessly photographable, perpetually newsworthy, never off the cover of some magazine, somewhere in the world," the linked article says. "It will make them sooner or later the object of unwelcome scrutiny on a scale that will challenge the adoring fascination in which they will be lovingly embraced at birth."

     

    We've all heard the saying 'a face only a mother can love'. We're pretty sure, given that mum and dad are a bit gorgeous, bub isn't going to struggle in the looks department. Check out the blossoming romance of the beautiful couple.

    Kate and Prince William on their graduation day at St Andrews University in Scotland, June 23, 2005. Click for more photos

    A royal romance

    Kate and Prince William on their graduation day at St Andrews University in Scotland, June 23, 2005. Photo: Reuters

    Punters in the UK have put more than one million pounds on the table, betting on name, sex, weight and the date of birth.

    Punters in Oz have been getting in on the act too.

    Sportingbet Australia has just sent us a release saying its royal baby betting markets are suspended now that Kate has been admitted to St Mary's hospital in London.

    Here's what Aussie punters have been betting on:

    Odds are on for a girl ($1.40) over a boy ($2.75).

    Like British betters, we've chosen Alexandra as a clear winner - at $2.50 it is the favourite to be the name of the royal baby.

    Elizabeth and Charlotte were equal second favourites ahead of Diana, Victoria, Alice and Mary.

    George was the favourite boy name ahead of Phillip.

    Latest odds

    Name of William and Kate's first baby

    • Alexandra $2.50
    • Elizabeth $6.50
    • Charlotte $6.50
    • Diana $7.00
    • Victoria $11.00
    • Alice $13.00
    • Mary $15.00
    • George $17.00
    • Frances $17.00
    • Grace $17.00
    • Anne $21.00
    • Catherine/Kate $21.00
    • Philip $21.00
    • Sophia $21.00

    A boy or a girl?

    Girl $1.40

    Boy $2.75

    Who will be holding the baby when leaving hospital?

    Kate $1.70

    William $2.15

    Hair colour of Royal baby?

    Brown $2.50

    Blonde $3.00

    Black $4.50

    Ginger $5.00

    Game of Thrones... royal style - check out our graphic.

    More from Clarence House... they might be contemporary, with Twitter and all, but a little more chutzpah with their Twitter writing certainly wouldn't go astray...

    For all accusations of stuffiness, the palace is keen to prove how contemporary they are. Heck, even they have a Twitter account.

    Since 3pm today there have been 14,201 #royalbaby Tweets. I think it's fair to say that the world has a serious case of baby brain. Insanity!

    The Twittersphere has unsurprisingly been a hive of activity in the past month with #royalbaby fever attracting nearly 11,800 Tweets last Friday alone. That was up from 9,700 the day before and almost double the Tweets of the following day. The reason? This very cheeky post from the fake Queen:

    A bit of trivia to kick off the festivities: Princess Di was in labour for 16 hours with William... she also gave birth to him in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's where Kate is now. Check out the pics of royal bubs of old. 

    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. Click for more photos

    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.

    We've all been on tenterhooks, but the royal waters have broken and the third heir to the throne is on its way!

    Here's the official notice sent to the press by Kensington Palace:

    22nd July 2013

    THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE HAS BEEN ADMITTED TO ST MARY'S HOSPITAL IN THE EARLY STAGES OF LABOUR

    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 a first baby, the average time of the first stage of labour is 12 to 14 hours. It's now been two hours since the palace announced she was in labour, so we might have a bit of time on our hands. While we're waiting for this highly anticipated arrival, we'll take a look at Will's and Kate's relationship, the history of royal births, the media reactions around the world, official updates and more. Stay posted.

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    • Shane 123 that is the right attitude. It's sad that people harbour such hate. Enjoy the cricket, it is about time we learned to cop a bit. We certailnly can dish it out!

      Commenter
      Wall
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 24, 2013, 9:35AM
    • The birth of a baby is a happy occasion and congrats is due to all concerned.
      Whatever issues you whingeing whiners may have, at least be gracious about it and stop demonstrating your petty and miserable natures as well as your ignorance!

      Commenter
      Wall
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 24, 2013, 9:12AM
    • Welcome to the new prince in the House of Welf, the royal line of Hanover, a true Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, a Battenberg, or rather Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg! - I hope they'll teach you some German to be able to speak with your cousins on the continent

      Commenter
      Cassian
      Location
      Flagstaff AZ
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 3:31PM
    • And I would like to personally congratulate the other 370,000 (approx) mums that gave birth on the same day.
      1. Melissa Drindby - Peltanham
      2. Connie del Fuego - Lisbon
      3. Petria Sommelsberg - Malmo
      Sorry have run out of space........ You are all awesome!!!

      Commenter
      Turtleneck
      Location
      New England
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 1:01PM
      • I agree, congratulations to them also. Sorry we did not devote a newspaper or TV show to them.

        Commenter
        Anthony
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        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 3:29PM
    • Who bloody cares!
      Congratulations to them and every other mother in the world who had given birth today.
      Their is something obscene in this world when a family whose wealth is attained through lineage and tax payer funds creates this much hoopla over the birth of a child when we have babies right now dying of starvation overseas and kids in the UK on the streets with nothing to eat.
      I wonder how much of the tax payer money went toward the hospital stay? I wonder if the mother had to endure horrific medical attention with not a doctor or nurse to be seen.
      What a disgrace royalty is, and how stupid is the UK public for sustaining the existence of these tax draining cretins.
      I’m sure the other mums in the hospital deserve the same attention? Yes or No?

      Commenter
      Mr Russ
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 12:55PM
      • Aah Mr. Russ, you don't like the Royals obviously. But we Poms are beyond thrilled at this news. Yes, the child is born into privilege, but do you object to other wealthy people having kid? "Taxpayer-funded" is not really right - the Monarchy brings in millions of Pounds in revenue to the UK, and is also a much loved institution. A President would be much worse. Just have a bit of grace for a young couple with their first child - a young couple who will love Australia as much as all the Poms who travel there. its lovely news! If you want to whinge at anyone, have a go at your cricket team! Give my love to your beautiful city. xx

        Commenter
        evierose
        Location
        UK
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 3:57PM
      • The birth of a royal baby is one celebrated by a whole nation today. One day this boy will be King.
        The Royal Family are steeped in tradition, and represent the British Culture, and the people of the UK, in a way that no Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott can even aspire to.

        A life lead only to think about money and 'tax' must be a very sad and lonely one. Why don't you do everyone a favour? Look at the birth of a future royal, smile, and think of the significance of this day.

        Commenter
        rn093
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        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 5:02PM
    • "Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge"

      That is NOT her name. She is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She is not a Middleton any more and has not been since the wedding. When a surname is used, she is Catherine Mountbatten-Windsor or informally Catherine Wales (William is Flight Lieutenant William Wales in the RAF).

      Commenter
      Norm
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      July 23, 2013, 12:29PM
      • OMG! Thank you for helping put to an of the use of her maiden name Middleton.I just couldn't cope with it being used.

        Commenter
        miKeyVF
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        July 23, 2013, 10:19PM
    • Every child brought into our world should be regarded as equally important.

      Commenter
      fair go
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      forster, nsw
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 12:17PM
    • not everyone is created equal

      Commenter
      RWT
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 11:26AM
      • The question is not his birth, he had no choice in that, it's what did he DO with his life?

        Finished school, went to Uni, got a degree, joined the army, qualified as an officer, requested active duty, was refused, trained as a hellicopter pilot, became an air-sea-rescue pilot, worked as same, married his long term girlfriend, had kids. Sounds like a good bloke to me.

        Commenter
        matt
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:53PM
      • good comment Matt it is often overlooked not tention prince harry having a military career and been to afghanistan as for the dopes who call these people parasites I would draw your attention to the large amount of charity work that the royals do
        http://www.royal.gov.uk/CharitiesandPatronages/Search%20Charities%20and%20Patronages.aspx

        People should think twice before making irrelevant remarks. Oh yeah when they do it they seem to somehow suspend any form of reason

        Commenter
        Gough
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 1:53PM
    • Prayer for royal baby
      The Church of England has put this on its website.

      God our Creator,

      who knows each of us by name

      and loves us from all eternity:

      we give you thanks for new life and human love.

      Bless William and Catherine

      as they welcome their son into the world.

      Give them patience and wisdom

      to cherish and love him as he grows.

      Surround the family with the light of hope and the warmth of your love today and always; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

      Amen.

      Commenter
      Angophora
      Location
      Ulladulla
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 11:01AM
    • The quintessential noveu bogan loves a bit of feigned apathy i.e. "WHO CAREZ ABOUT THE ROYAL BABY. GEEEEEEZ. THEIR ARE MORE IMPORTANT EVNTS IN DA WORLD PPL *furiously scrolls down Google newsfeed for updates on the royal birth*

      Commenter
      WatermelonHead
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 11:01AM
    • How devoid of meaning and activity your lives must be if you have that much time on your hands to go to all the trouble of thinking of something lofty, nasty or negative to say about a newborn baby, logging on to SMH, typing it all out, probably checking back every couple of hours or so to see how many responses you have to your nasty little remark has received...Such dedication to negativity. If you don't care or you despise the royals as parasites I'm not quite sure why you'd bother frankly! What's wrong with allowing a little light and positivity in the news for a couple of days...if it bothers you that much, there's plenty of horror and hardship just a couple of clicks away. But in the mean time...congrats Kate & Will!

      Commenter
      EllieB
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 10:34AM
      • I totally agree. Some of the comments in the British papers were also a disgrace. Very sad little people all with a sense of entitlement and reeking of tall poppy syndrome. I sat up most of the night. Happy that they have a son and that all would look to be fine.You would wonder why people are so negative and sour.

        Commenter
        The Green Eye
        Location
        Rural WA
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 11:07AM
      • I'm surprised your comment was published considering the ratio of hate comments to positive/intelligent comments I think that the SMH is anti royal and seems only to publish the redneck vitriol and very few congratulating the happy couple. They have refused to publish mine and many of my aquaintances comments which attempt to right some ignorant comments which have been published.

        Pretty poor form SMH

        Commenter
        Gough
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 11:20AM
      • Yeah, while babies are dying of starvation around the world and while babies die in hospitals die to lack of resources, how dare we be negative about spending millions on a person for no good reason except their linage.

        Commenter
        Mr Russ
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:59PM
      • @MrRuss...Of course there's no possible way I could be happy about the birth of the royal baby and simultaneously mourn and share concern for the hardship and poverty that millions of other children around the world experience. I mean it's just not possible. Everyone knows you can only care about one thing at once, right? So by your logic, everyone celebrating the birth of the new baby = heartless douche who doesn't care for the suffering of others?

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        EliieB
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 1:56PM
      • How true and totally agree Some of nay saying republicans picked the wrong day. They would have been rightly outraged, as I was, when negative comments were made around Julia Gillard's father's passing, yet cannot give Kate and Wills' new baby the same basic courtesy.

        Commenter
        The Genuine Article
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 4:30PM
    • Sometime in the next month or so we'll be voting for either Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott to be our next PM. Loath them or love them they both have presented their legitimate case to be the PM of Australia. Meanwhile in Britain on the other side of the world some action under the bedsheets of a Royal Palace has produced a baby, who by being born, has gained the automatic right to be our Head of State. The supreme commander of our country. Somebody we must all swear allegiance to.
      Something has to be done about this absurd, pathetic, insulting state of affairs.

      Commenter
      Toby
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 10:28AM
      • Yes we need our own head of state, John Howard did us a great disservice twelve or so years ago with his devilishly cunning referendum. Let's have an Australian head of state now!

        Commenter
        Dr Manners
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 11:32AM
      • If you want to live in a republic, Toby,emigrate to one.

        Commenter
        The Genuine Article
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:13PM
      • And Australia becoming a Republic would have what effect in the news coverage?

        Seems like the whole world is watching, Republics & Kingdoms alike.

        They are famous, therefore the media watches them. You can try to make this about Australia if you like, but very few people give a s##t about the future of Australian democracy. It's safe, no one is challenging it.

        Commenter
        matt
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:17PM
      • The Genuine Article - if you have so little respect for Australia that you think we should have a foreigner as head of state perhaps you should move to your beloved England.

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        dds154
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 1:23PM
      • dds154, I am actually more anti republic than I am pro monarchy. I do not trust lawyers, politicians and bureaucrats to rewrite the constitution. I would also rather common law than civil law and say, a bill rights. I would also rather a British monarch as ceremonial head of state than a UN style world government, with faceless bureaucrats dictating to us. In short, it ain't broke and I don't trust those who wish to fix it. I also find any call for a republic on the birth of this baby to be in exceptionally poor taste. And if I ever do emigrate, it wont be to the UK. They have stuffed up their society and created a nanny state even more than we have.

        Commenter
        The Genuine Article
        Location
        Date and time
        July 24, 2013, 12:20PM
    • I hope the Sydney Morning Herald accepts this comment, because this Youtube video basically sums up my feelings regarding the royal birth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFZrzg62Zj0

      Commenter
      In Amber Clad
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 10:24AM
      • I don't think anyone cares about your feelings to the royal family

        Commenter
        Gough
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 11:29AM
      • Thought I'd agree with your Youtube. Nice one. In a page full of grovelling pathetic monarchists who appear to have no life of their own, you're not going to get much traction. OMG.

        Commenter
        Roger the 1st
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 11:56AM
    • "May he be long lived, and one day reign over us all"

      That really puts it in perspective of how this is truly a history making day. In 30 years time that young boy may be standing there with his own wife giving birth to another royal prince or princess.

      People who appreciate history will know how important this day is, and how much there is a cause for celebration.

      Enough with the bitter negative attitudes about becoming a republic! This is a momentous day for the world.

      Commenter
      rn093
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 10:15AM
      • Women have babies every day - no different to Kate. Congratulations to Kate and William for becoming new parents. But in the bigger scheme of things who cares? Regardless of what the baby ever does he is set up for life purely because of who his dad is. He will, absent massive changes in the UK or death, become king one day. Not a role that is earned, not a role that anyone can aspire to, not a role that any Australian can aspire to. A great day for Kate and William, but not for Australia's democracy or its people.

        Commenter
        Long live a republic
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 11:31AM
    • Why is this so "newsworthy"??? Do people really think this bit of trivia is going to change the world??? I DON'T THINK SO!!! Stop flooding our news channels with such spam. Toss it in the rubbish, where all the other spam goes.

      Commenter
      TOTALLY BORED — ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 9:59AM
      • There, there, you're all cross aren't you? Have a nice cup of juice and a lie down. Is someone getting more attention than you? Poor diddums!

        Commenter
        mrw
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 11:28AM
    • That's nice. Can we have a republic now?

      Commenter
      Jim
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 9:47AM
      • If Mr Abbott and his loyal laddies had their way, the answer would be in two parts:

        No.

        and

        Never.

        Commenter
        Redsaunas
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 10:15AM
      • Be careful by what you wish for !
        Kruddy could be king !!

        Commenter
        Rastus321
        Location
        NGC Qld.
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 10:29AM
      • Jim get with the real world the majority of australians don't want a republic. This may come as as urprise to you but you view is not representative of the majority. Why has it taken you so many years NOT to realise this

        Commenter
        Gough
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 10:48AM
      • So remind me, the result of your referendum on a republic was....and you have compulsory voting so the electoral turn out was.....?

        Commenter
        matt
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 11:50AM
    • With the new media, bitching has became such an easy form of therapy for insecure & unhappy people... Spitting venom only to feel good!

      Please remind me what this baby boy did apart from being born under a lucky star!

      Commenter
      majid
      Location
      highgate hill
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 9:30AM
      • So being born under a lucky star is wall to wall news?

        Commenter
        shemp
        Location
        melb
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:40AM
    • Get used to it. This is God-given FOC media CONTENT which will keep on giving for the next umpteen years. Christening, first day at school, skiing on hols in Switzerland and so on.

      Commenter
      John
      Location
      East Gippsland
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 9:28AM
    • God on Ya Kate & William ! This should get Old KRuddy out of the News for a while ! God Bless and thanks..

      Commenter
      Rastus321
      Location
      NGC Qld.
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 9:26AM
      • I could do with some respite from the nongs who are ranting about boat people as well so this is ok by comparison

        Commenter
        Gough
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 11:46AM
    • This new born...What an Impostor! I AM THE REAL KING!

      Commenter
      Daniel
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 9:26AM
    • There is no accounting for ignorance regardless of what country you call home. As a human of the world it is sad that fame from birthright is so revered? The media supply what people wish to buy. A healthy mother and baby will bring joy to their family

      Commenter
      Les
      Location
      Chiswick
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 9:22AM
    • Odd that they can't name the child Oliver or Stephen but Charles, the name of the only monarch to be executed and a man who was a complete despot, is fine (and will be the name of the next King).

      Commenter
      Jace
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 9:21AM
      • You're thinking of Charles I, who tried to get the whole nation to pay for its navy and not just the coastal towns. Got his head chopped off for that. Charles II was a pragmatist and one of the best kings Britain ever had, and more fun than most. A good example to follow.

        Commenter
        X-ray Charlie X-ray
        Location
        Mooroolbark
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 11:19AM
    • Glad im not one of those deeply cynical people here, who cant help themselves are be all negative, trying to ruin everyone elses positivity. You dont like the coverage go look at another page. Its really simple.

      Commenter
      blakeavon
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 9:21AM
    • don`t think i will buy a newspaper in the morning. there will be over 20 pages of this birth. already had over 2 hours on tv. you would think this was the only boy born today.

      Commenter
      dibby
      Location
      england
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 9:17AM
    • This is fantastic news, the royal family have had a great three year run with republicanism at an all time low not that I do not think some changes could be made, but I refuse to sour this momentous day, I would like however to point out that the new HRH addition will first become the Prince of Wales before King, furthermore due to the 1537-45 act of Union with England and Wales along with the Union of the Scottish and English crowns, this most wonderful bouncing baby boy, will become the future king of the United Kingdom as it stands, or depending how the Scottish independence vote goes next year, he will be king of England & Wales and head of state of an independent Scotland, my word these are the sort of mistakes I expect form the American media! Ah well never mind, anyway on behalf of myself and my whole family who too have just had the joy of a new born, WELCOME TO THE WORLD LITTLE MAN.... xxx

      Commenter
      Matthew Jones
      Location
      Currently in Wales, but from Sydney
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 9:15AM
    • Congratulations To William & Kate on the birth of your first child a Son and congratulations to the Queen and Prince Charles and the Royal Family.
      From QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA.

      Commenter
      Rastus321
      Location
      NGC Qld.
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 9:09AM
      • It's official it's a BOY, however Michael Clarke has wasted a DRS review because he was sure the baby wasn't out!

        Commenter
        Joe the POM
        Location
        Geelong
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:26AM
    • Where is The Age's version of this: Britain's left-leaning Guardian newspaper was running a list of articles about the royal birth, although it did give readers an option to press a "republican" button at the top of its home page to filters out news about the royal baby.
      "I just had to come back, having tried out the 'republican' button, to offer my thanks. How bloody marvellous of you. I hope it lasts forever," one Guardian reader posted on the website."

      Commenter
      Mick
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 9:00AM
      • You can't expect any sense from left-wing publications, can you?

        Commenter
        Simon
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:20AM
      • The Guardian mmmm a button to press
        for a Republic another one of Kevin's hare brained ideas I suppose.
        " Kevin for King " silly thing put the button in the trash can with Kevin. & Malcolm + Julia's new book.

        Commenter
        Rastus321
        Location
        NGC Qld.
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 10:40AM
    • why are so many here being so very negative and mean in their comments? a baby was born and that is cause for celebration in itself.

      personally, i wish health and happiness to the baby boy, just as i wished the same for his father 31 years ago.

      Commenter
      theonlywright1
      Location
      california, united states
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 8:50AM
      • Anything British is trendy right now. And they are winning at everything. It's quite nauseating.

        Commenter
        Steve T
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:55AM
      • Totally agree. It seems only the negative comments are being published. A little bit of happiness in the world is not a bad thing!

        Commenter
        Shooey
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:57AM
      • coz we have blanket coverage, like we all really care. The royals can have their happy healthy baby, good on them, the child is born into privilege and title and is an heir to the throne, hardly an egalitarian value......but its still doesn't warrant wall to wall news here.....The US head of state is NOT a foreign national, hence many of the negative comments.

        Commenter
        shemp
        Location
        melb
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:58AM
      • Here here!

        Why some commenters are being so rude and condescending about the birth of a baby boy is beyond me. I guess some people aren't happy unless they're miserable and they let everyone know it.

        Commenter
        Simon
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:01AM
    • Another royal parasite in a long line of parasites. Where is that republic?

      Commenter
      ij
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 8:37AM
      • DIdn't you vote at the last referendum?

        Commenter
        rhett99bird
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:40AM
      • What a disgracefully bitter comment about a new-born baby. Why all the hatred and the anger? Can't you be happy for someone else's joy?

        Commenter
        Simon
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:51AM
      • So tell me how having a President and any number of Ex-President costs any less to the public as they all need public housing staff etc, as well as the additonal cos of elections? Having a Queen/King in service for 60 years isn't all that expensive in compariso, as with an 8 year term we would have had 7-8 presidents in the same time. Congrats Will and Kate!

        Commenter
        Uninformed Opinion
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:31AM
      • Hear Hear!

        Commenter
        Helsey
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:34AM
      • "Uninformed" is a pretty apt choice for a username, Uninformed Opinion. The difference between presidents and royals is that presidents are democratically elected by the people.

        Commenter
        Dale Winnings
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:53AM
      • Having a democratically elected President is a different argument to the cost of said leader. You are dreaming if you think that the politicians are going to present a popularly elected presidential model any time soon. You will still only get to vote for your locally elected representative who will vote on your behalf, meaning not much change from the current political talent pool. If we are going for a popularly elected president it’s the lovely Cate Blanchett for me.

        Commenter
        Uninformed Opinion
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:00PM
      • We voted NO. What part of NO don't you understand?

        Commenter
        The Genuine Article
        Location
        Date and time
        July 24, 2013, 12:25PM
    • All this excitement for a king that won't take the throne for 40 or so years.

      By then, Australia would likely be a republic.

      Commenter
      Steve T
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 8:15AM
      • I really hope so. I'd rather much sooner though. I wanna be alive and still relatively young to see this country free from such a moronic form of government harking back to the flea-bitten dark ages.

        Commenter
        Dale Winnings
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:29AM
      • Oh ! To be Another America ! I don't think so !

        Commenter
        Rastus321
        Location
        NGC Qld.
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 10:52AM
    • Just another thought from Baron Buggle; the written announcement is all typed except for the time which is hand written...was it pre cooked err typed so the gender was known by the fawning couple before the birth

      Commenter
      Buggle
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 8:14AM
      • Not only did they know its a boy , they also chose the name. Hail King Cyril !

        Commenter
        Stevo16 the dilf
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:23AM
      • It doesn't really take long to type up & print something. Perhaps the person in charge of that couldn't find out an accurate birth time until the last minute & scribbled on. Some people will make up conspiracy theories about everything. And if they did know the gender, so what? It's their business.

        Commenter
        xyz
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:32AM
    • He will be the king of the uk and probably the king of the commonwealth countries but is there a "king/queen of England"?

      Commenter
      DBPZ
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 8:13AM
      • Yes

        Commenter
        Dr Manners
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 11:34AM
    • Well QEII will be the last Queen of England for a couple of hundred years now.

      Commenter
      Pete the Pirate
      Location
      Ulladulla NSW
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 8:10AM
    • Some names:

      Charming
      Symbol
      Darren
      Moon Unit
      Kardashian

      Commenter
      Snidery Mark
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 8:09AM
      • Or some good old fashioned English names:
        Stanley
        Brian
        Milton
        Wilbur
        Roy

        Commenter
        shemp
        Location
        melb
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:02AM
      • King Tim, or Tarquine would be funny.

        King Tim Earl of Tinmouth.

        King Tim the not so Dim.

        King Tarquin the undressed (as a colleague of mine quipped).

        Commenter
        Joe the POM
        Location
        Geelong
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:31AM
    • News just announced ; the royal baby is dressed in a blue tie and will be called Kevin Tony Bill Windsor

      Commenter
      Buggle
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 8:05AM
    • the new royal child will be known as Stuart Broad until he learns to walk

      Commenter
      Rob
      Location
      Surry Hills
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 8:03AM
      • Two thumbs up!

        Commenter
        Simon
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:21AM
      • Very clever.

        Commenter
        Steve T
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:45AM
      • love it

        Commenter
        melbournian
        Location
        singapore
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:08AM
      • First laugh I've had in all this crp. Sure are some unhappy people out there.

        Commenter
        Nobby
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 10:28AM
    • For all you sad Anglophiles and Monarchists, Bring on the Republic!

      Commenter
      Blacknight
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 7:48AM
      • No need to be such a wet blanket pal....

        Lighten up!

        Commenter
        Simon
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:10AM
      • Get a sense of history Blackie - it is what
        informs all matters human.

        Commenter
        History Matters
        Location
        The Past
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:10AM
      • Yes, lighten up. Your comment reflects badly on you on this day.

        Commenter
        The Genuine Article
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 1:57PM
    • I'm so excited (NOT)

      Commenter
      Generalzod
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 7:47AM
      • Who cares. Get a life people.

        Commenter
        Lukesington
        Location
        ACT & QLD
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:24AM
      • Seconded.

        Commenter
        SICK OF THIS already
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 10:09AM
    • Not a Leo, sorry to disappoint. A Cancerian, like his dad. Despite news reports to the contrary.. Don't beleive everything you read in the media.Sun was at 29.59 Cancer. Very close to being in Leo, but was still in Cancer. Moon in Capricorn. Born just after exact Full Moon.

      Commenter
      mfiney
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 7:43AM
    • Another burden on the British taxpayer.

      Commenter
      scotty
      Location
      Vic
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 7:42AM
      • What a petty remark on such a wonderful occasion.

        Commenter
        Simon
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:12AM
      • Petty because you don't pay taxes in the uk scotty is spot on. Back seat Simon.

        Commenter
        Gerry
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:34AM
      • gerry and scotty
        were you aware that great majority of british taxpayers are happy to pay for the royals.
        All ininformem bogans go and have a rant on the backseat.
        sheesh how do these comments get past the moderator. No penalty for being a dumbass I suppose

        Commenter
        Gough
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:30PM
    • How popular is the monarchy in Australia?

      Commenter
      Steve Back
      Location
      Norfolk, UK
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 7:41AM
      • As far as the latest polling goes @58% are currently in favour of the monarchy. Under the Howard government, Australians rejected a Republic at referendum. Looking at the polls, support for a republic traditionally runs at about 30 - 40%. There was a peak in republican support (55%) 2010 -11.

        Commenter
        matt
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 7:54AM
      • Popular....but not relevant

        Commenter
        shemp
        Location
        melb
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 7:55AM
    • Financing the monarchy is like paying to watch shrek at the cinemas every day for the rest of your life.

      Commenter
      Gerry
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 7:34AM
      • I'm pretty sure the money bought in by tourism would support them and in reality the taxpayer would pay nothing.

        Commenter
        J Walker
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:40AM
      • So tourism finances joe blogs taxes. I wish did not get a discount on taxes post Sydney Olympics. Anyway back to the shrek movie again.

        Commenter
        Gerry
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:49AM
    • whingeing aussies. You lot could gripe for medals. Its great being a Brit. Get over it...

      Commenter
      bioteknik
      Location
      uk
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 7:34AM
      • One more year then no more Britain sept 2014. Bye bye the fictitious empire.

        Commenter
        Gerry
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 7:54AM
      • Yeah great being a brit? Is that why yall moved down under.

        Commenter
        bradns
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:33AM
    • Future King of England born today? I doubt it, Britain will most likely have dispensed with the Monarchy by then. He'll just be the King of Australia, as we remain steadfastly under our flag with the Union Jack still in the corner, the sole remaining country in the British Commonwealth of Nations.

      Commenter
      DaveB
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 7:29AM
      • You are overestimating the republican sentiment here in the United Kingdom. I'm neutral but polls have rarely suggested anything other than fringe support for the anti-monarchist movement.

        Commenter
        Steve Back
        Location
        Norfolk, UK
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:17AM
    • And in other news, World War Three is on the brink. More on that later, so back to Kate's baby .........

      Commenter
      The Dog Stanmore
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 7:28AM
    • Also a hearty congratulations to the parents of all other baby boys and girls born on Monday 22nd June 2013. Sorry your own bundles of joy didn't receive blanket morning TV coverage.

      However, be grateful for the 1 penny that they (and you) will receive form the Royal Famly. That's right, you baby is worth just one penny.

      Commenter
      Anthony
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 7:15AM
      • #Anthony
        By all reports it's a blessing to be born as far away as possible from a lifetime of media attention. I feel sorry for the baby.
        As far as the 'worth' of children, were you born in Australia / UK or anywhere in the developed world? With a midwife, Specialist on call, in a well provided hospital? Enjoyed good health care, education, clean water, safe food? I bet you consider that your birth right.
        This baby may be born into more wealth than you, but don't forget how many across the world were born in abject poverty compared to you. You were indeed born into wealth relative to them.

        Commenter
        matt
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 7:37AM
      • I think you've missed the point of my post Matt. I'm merely indicating that there are several 1000s of other babies born today who will bring to their parents and families just that the birth of these babies will not be clamoured over and fawned over ridiculous press entities.

        Commenter
        Anthony
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:01AM
      • #Anthony
        and yet you log on to the story, you post is registered, the SMH looks at the number of people obviously reading the article and decide it is popular. They then repeat similar stories. Your participation supports and helps fund the media frenzy you hate.
        If you had ignored the story you may have had a more beneficial effect.
        Imagine I have 2 shop windows, 1 showing pictures of a baby, 1 showing advice on fiscal responsibility. I notice that everyone is looking in one window. I don't care if they are complaining or praising, I put my adverts in the window with the baby.
        You are generating profit for the business you despise.

        Commenter
        matt
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:59AM
      • Matt,
        Once again you fail to recognise the point of my post. So me repeat it to you. There were thousands of other children, who are very dear and special to their parents and grandparents etc born on the 22nd July 2013 do will not receive any recognition by anyone, least of all yourself. I can only presume that your own individual fawning over the birth of the Royal Baby is perhaps because you are a relative? Well congratulations to you in that case. Hopefully, you get to share a few beers with the kid when he's 18.

        Commenter
        Anthony
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 3:26PM
    • Anyone else tired of Melissa Doyle fawning and giggling with delight over the birth of this baby boy on Sunrise?

      Commenter
      Anthony
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 7:13AM
      • Nope.

        Commenter
        Simon
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:13AM
      • Yep

        Commenter
        Sweet
        Location
        QLD
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:24AM
      • So, you continue watching because......?

        Commenter
        matt
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:39PM
      • Stopped watching at about 7:00am. Yet to switch on my TV since. However, am sparing a thought for the 89 Chinese who passed in an earthquake today- very sad to hear.

        Commenter
        Anthony
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 3:28PM
    • Alovely Leo boy ,right on cue,as Iknew,and Ieven knew the minute he was born ,and the time Kate got up and went to the ladies .Congratulations to the parents ,and welcome to the new arrival!

      Commenter
      Lane
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 7:12AM
      • Not a Leo sorry to disappint, a Cancerian like his dad.

        Commenter
        mfiney
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 7:44AM
    • I think we were all secretly hoping for a girl weren't we? Who wants another bald, jowley, curmudgeonly, Windsor like Prince Charles or Uncle Andy by the time he ascends the gladioli throne.

      Commenter
      StBob
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 7:02AM
    • Australians = angry. Why ??????

      Commenter
      Dodger
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 6:47AM
      • I should imagine its the British commanding too much attention. Olympics, Lions, Wimbledon, Tour de France, Ashes... and thats just sport.

        Now a new royal baby... its just's just an amazing era to be British, and I guess if you're a chippy Aussie its all a bit much.

        Commenter
        loftgroovv
        Location
        Pommyland
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 7:20AM
      • Are you seriously suggesting that Aussies were not chippy before ????

        Commenter
        Dodger
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 7:29AM
      • Wow and one of these (the royal baby) might actually be English. Great time to be British if you don't need a job or a viable economy.

        Commenter
        pom...ish
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 7:44AM
      • But Pom-ish, they beat Australia in sport, that's all that matters so who cares about the economy!

        I hope they call him a nice British name like Brian....

        Commenter
        shemp
        Location
        melb
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:18AM
      • Love it, Aussies only have sport to hold them together, there is no "true Aussie spirit" that has died. They have no great leaders, no love of people who do great things like medical discoveries etc they only idolise sport I am afraid, and when you don't have that.....well then they turn the vitriole on the English.

        Commenter
        rhett99bird
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:25AM
      • Mate I have lived overseas, travelled and seen the world *fortunate I know" the sad fact is us Aussie's think were the best and in history there are times we have been, but mate were soar loser's we have to face that, as we a brought up with this win, win, win attitude, we're the best, we're the best and so on and so forth, well we are "NOT" always bloody'o mate relax and grab a cold one.

        Commenter
        Matthew Jones
        Location
        Currently in Wales, but from Sydney
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:24AM
    • Love all the people coming up with snide and dreary ways to say how much they don't care. Well, you cared enough to not only click on a headline that made it blatantly obvious what the article was about but you also cared enough to comment. Surely if you didn't care, you wouldn't have clicked your way in here at all? Guess you really do care but perhaps you're trying to be 'too cool for school'? It's alright. You're allowed to be excited for five minutes. We won't tell anyone.

      Commenter
      Kit
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 6:46AM
      • No, we are just pointing out how pathetic you are.

        Commenter
        Brian of Narangba
        Location
        Qld
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 7:32AM
      • Really enjoyed this comment. Right on. I'm thrilled for Prince William and Catherine. Can't everyone spare a kind thought for these new parents? I think William has a special place in people's hearts because of his mum. This birth is special.

        Commenter
        Country Carole
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:56AM
    • Lovely! Everybody should love a baby - whatever its provenance. Kate and William must be thrilled. Poor little mite - born with the eyes of the world watching its every poop. Hope they have some peace with a more disciplined press.

      Commenter
      jb
      Location
      gc
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 6:45AM
      • The young prince and I have quite a few similarities actually - both of us were born to parents, in a hospital, and..... yeah, so far that's it.

        However I managed to grow up without the world's press fawning over me, and I can only assume the difference is that I'm not considered to be royalty by some arbitrary reason based on who my ancestors were.

        So, if Will and Kate are serious about raising their child without the eyes of the press all over them, the solution is simple: hand back their palaces, castles, free luxury travel, elitist lifestyle and be NORMAL PEOPLE, just like everyone else who has to fend for themselves.

        Get real jobs, buy or rent a small townhouse or flat (whatever their average salaries allow), drive a second hand car, go on the occasional holiday and fret about how you might lose your job in the next round of redundancies and how you're going to do the school run if the radiator packs it in again.

        This is what my parents did, and I can't recall a single occasion when we had reporters waiting outside our house hoping to catch a glimpse of us.

        Otherwise, if you continue to be royalty for the massive achievement of being born, learn to deal with all the nonsense and intrusion it comes with.

        Absolutely no sympathy for them.

        Commenter
        Dan
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:39AM
    • It's enough to put Ellen Ripley off her breakfast. But it will probably inspire Ridley Scott to pick up the phone and call Sigourney Weaver one more time.

      Commenter
      Notlikely
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 6:32AM
    • Congratulations Australia.
      That's you heads of state sorted for the next century.
      But not before Queen Camilla Parker-Bowles.
      Wahaay !

      Commenter
      I say,what ? Huzzah !
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 6:23AM
      • Wow, did someone wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?

        Commenter
        fffingers
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 6:55AM
      • Problem? Much?

        Commenter
        rhett99bird
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:22AM
      • But ffingers....Huzzah has a point!

        Commenter
        shemp
        Location
        melb
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:29AM
    • Am an Australian in London. Thank God at least some of my fellow Australians have a healthy dose of scepticism and don' t believe the propaganda. Here the media is salivating over it all while the UK economy goes down the proverbial

      Commenter
      Kenico
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 6:14AM
      • We are not salivating over it - we are rejoicing in a happy event, a new chapter in our wonderful history.

        Commenter
        Proud pom
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 7:45AM
      • @proud-pom, from your comments its obvious you don't know much about British history. So be proud of a child who is born into wealth, privilege and high office.....

        Commenter
        shemp
        Location
        melb
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 10:34AM
    • Shane123, I can see where your sentiment is coming from but really " At the arse-end of nowhere", are you kidding me?Take a look at the the recent Australian immigration stats and you will find that the UK figures at the top and has done for decades. I agree that the anti-UK barb from Aussie expats is over the top but the same can be said of UK "expats" living in Australia. Take a look at the the behavior of the Lion's fans in their recent tour. Most of those fans live and work in Australia, but their vitriol against the Wallabies was completely over the top. I do agree with you that we should not be as negative towards our European heritage as we seemingly are, but the same can be said about the English in their attitudes towards Australians. Don't like us and our Antipodean attitudes, then fine, stay in that miserable Isle you call home.

      Commenter
      Chris G
      Location
      Tokyo
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 6:12AM
    • Boys rule :-) Contrats Catherine

      Commenter
      Adzz
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 6:02AM
    • 8 lb 6 oz Baby Jesus

      Commenter
      Barnabus
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 5:53AM
    • Hope it's a girl and they name it Barbara.

      Commenter
      Ken
      Location
      Williamstown
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 5:00AM
    • Come on Kate---push !

      Commenter
      Kane
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 4:04AM
    • Pom here. I came to SMH have some good natured banter about the Ashes. But this really interested me. I'm a republican and couldn't give a stuff about the royal baby. What caught my attention is how unbelievably hateful some forum members are about the UK itself, the royal sprog aside. It's so weird. Now, God knows why but we have Brazilian and Argentinian TV crews fist-fighting for the best position, and American and European news channels who are not just reporting live from London but actually anchoring their networks from the street outside the hozzie. My point is, there is MORE hype and attention to this from overseas than there is in the British media. Crazy. They should maybe get their own monarchies.But the thing is, bless 'em, it's all very good natured. It's not anti-Pom. So - why do you guys carry on like this? And why do your under 40s arrive here in such massive numbers and stay so long, or just stay? I'm very happy here. I earn extremely good money (way more than an Aussie school vice-principal would, and less tax) and I love my family and friends, and travel a lot, and do a lot of great cultural and night-life stuff in London, and although it's not the best maybe, my life is very sweet indeed. That doesn't fly for everybody here, but, you know very well that many Aussies are not exactly satisfied with life. At the arse-end of nowhere, you can't hurt people by what you think - but I confess to being interested: why the rage? Enjoy the sunshine, have a beer, be happy and friendly, right? We can't hurt you :-) Relax?

      Commenter
      Shane123
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 3:52AM
      • While not condoning hate speech Shane, I will bring your attention to the fact that a LOT of Australian families have some pretty bad history with England. Old hates die hard as they say.....I'm a third generation Irish Catholic (not that I could care less), but hearing my grandparents talk there's still a lot of old resentments and undercurrents there. And, of course, you're smashing us in the Ashes - which I WILL agree we have a right to be pissed about!

        Commenter
        Adjo
        Location
        Benders
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 4:58AM
      • Hi Shane, 4th gen Aussie here, of Cornish, Scottish,Orcadian,Guernsean, Irish, French and English stock.
        I don't get the "haters" either. Lack of self confidence maybe? There's always room for some good natured ribbing but the misanthropic anglophobia seems to be rather odd.
        Oh, and not a republican either.

        Commenter
        JohnB
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 5:32AM
      • Except in the Cricket. LOL

        Commenter
        David33
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 5:46AM
      • Yes, all Australians are exactly the same as each other.

        Commenter
        steve
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 5:46AM
      • An Aussie here...sadly the world is becoming nasty....we are part of it. No excuse...

        Commenter
        Jim
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 5:51AM
      • Hi again Shane123,

        Apologies for the revolting peasants. Lots of convict stock around here are bitter sad people who indulge in that old game of talking rubbish about other people, in order to make themselves feel better.

        I salute your good will.

        And God Save the Future King!

        Commenter
        Ben
        Location
        Manly
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 6:36AM
      • It's jealously mate. We come from a enlightened and civilised country, not some racist, xenophobic, irrelevant backwater!

        Commenter
        George
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 6:38AM
      • Hi Shane. Another Aussie. Sorry about the venom. I think Facebook has trained people to to think that their ill-written spite is clever and of immense interest to all. Just like their descriptions of their lunch and their trip to the shops. I think the average Aussie is like the average Pom; pleased that a decent, loving couple have a healthy baby. We are glad for them and their family.
        And you're right; Australians visit the UK in droves and have a wonderful time. I did. Maybe it's the untraveled couch potatoes, with nothing interesting in their own lives, who have to be nasty about others.

        Commenter
        Helene
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 7:01AM
      • You are so wrong Shane - the worshipping of all things to do with Mother England is truly embarrassing here in Australia. Now there is another one for everyone to bow and scrape to.

        Commenter
        dds154
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 7:06AM
      • Yeah just jealousy mate. The closest thing to tradition here is Pies vs Bombers on Anzac day. Still 70,000 idiots cant be wrong.

        Commenter
        den3ng
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:17AM
      • Pathetic fool that you are you have our sympathy as you were not of an inherited title but heres one for "BritsNo.1.Fool"

        Commenter
        Rastus321
        Location
        NGC Qld.
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 10:47AM
    • Pregnant English woman in labour! Next....

      Commenter
      7 Billion and 1
      Location
      sanity
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 1:44AM
      • So you have no children.

        Commenter
        rhett99bird
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:28AM
    • LOL keeping cool outside Buck Pal.
      Are they getting ready for a public baptism so soon. The whole dunk thing a la Pentecostal? I don't think Liz would allow it somehow. The Pentecostal thing that is.
      "we" would not be amused.

      Commenter
      Camilla
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 1:38AM
    • Is it true that Eddie has already sent them a Collingwood jumper and an offer of no 1 membership?

      Commenter
      Doug
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 1:32AM
      • Yes

        Commenter
        Dr Manners
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 11:33AM
    • That lullaby is so bad.
      Schmuck at its worst. Why did I fall for the click bait. I'll never sleep now!

      Commenter
      Camilla
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 1:17AM
    • Should Australia care about the birth of a child in Britain. Grow up folks got better things to do.

      The so called royals are not associated with Australia.

      Commenter
      Intellectual
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 12:59AM
      • Yehhhh - we cud all go go watch the foooty

        Commenter
        BT
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 1:18AM
      • Sadly, they are associated with Australia. Last time I checked the baby's great-grandmother was our head-of-state. Until we grow up and replace her with an elected - shock, horror - Australian.

        Commenter
        steve
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 5:48AM
      • better things to do? you mean like all sitting around pretending we all have answers for the refugee problem from the comfort of our armchairs? Its nice to have a good news story for once.

        and yes according to the last referendum, we still do have a lot to do with the royals. .

        Commenter
        blakeavon
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:32AM
    • For all of you that say you don't care lol your reading story

      Commenter
      Sue
      Location
      Melb
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 12:56AM
      • I care. But not in a good way.

        Commenter
        steve
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 5:50AM
    • Leave her alone! There is nothing worse than a family tracking your labour, let a lone a world!!

      Commenter
      Cathy
      Location
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 12:54AM
      • No-one ares about her, it's the baby they want. That's her function in life now and she knows it.

        Commenter
        JJJ
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 4:11AM
    • makes a nice change from ... Rudd Rudd Abbott Stop The Boats Rudd ETS Abbott + invisible substances ... and watching the Aussie cricket team. Just as mindless but no bad after taste ... the poms do pomp and ceremony so well.

      Commenter
      melbournian
      Location
      Singapore
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 12:18AM
      • Yes indeed, hearing the intimate details of the lives of the ultra-rich and powerful helps to remind the rest of us how worthless and insignificant we are.

        Commenter
        steve
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 5:45AM
    • Much better than the cricket, we're staying up until the announcement. Our thoughts and best wishes to Kate, William and the new blessed arrival.

      Commenter
      Jetlagged
      Location
      Jervis Bay Australia
      Date and time
      July 23, 2013, 12:03AM
      • Why is the Monarchy making money from the sale of memorabilia, eg mugs plates etc for this event. Its because the Monarchy is a business. Similar to a outed politician trying to cash in on an autobiography. Its all a show to make the insecure people of the UK feel great about their sad miserable lives. India ditched their Monarchy in favor of common sense. They realized that there were alot more needy people rather than a bunch of greedy snobs pretending to be influential.

        Commenter
        babysnob
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:21AM
      • Now C'mon Crickets Serious Business 11

        Commenter
        Rastus321
        Location
        NGC Qld.
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:19AM
    • Doesn't Fairfax have a baby site that could cover this? I know it's 'exciting news' for everyone but surely Essential Baby has some input as well?

      Commenter
      thissler
      Location
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 11:57PM
    • I reckon this baby will be like my first car - it'll have more rattles than a millionaire's baby - oh wait ......now that I think about it.....

      Commenter
      Doug
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 11:56PM
    • If it's a girl, she won't be a real princess until she's 14. I had two of them and no-one really knows what a real princess is like until they hit her teens, then stand back for 4 or 5 years, and let all hell reign. Eventually, they become human again.
      As for a name, I think they should recognise the most significant formative year of the baby's grandfather - for a boy, Bruce, for a girl, Sheila. And for a smokie with the bookies, I'd put a shilling on Kylie.

      Commenter
      Doug
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 11:54PM
      • They turn out however you raise them mate.

        Commenter
        steve
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 5:42AM
    • My daughter suggested as soon as it's born prince William should bring the baby out and hold it up for all the adoring subjects to bow down - a la "the Lion King" ;p

      Commenter
      mum of four
      Location
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 11:27PM
      • Seriously who cares? If the media didn't hype up this story no one would care one either way . This has to be the biggest sensationalism of nothing in particular that Ive ever witnessed. In other news people there are thousands of homeless people in the streets of London. But why should we car about them. Lets just focus on the rich and their wonderful lives. Propaganda a its best.

        Commenter
        royal propeganda
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:03AM
      • That was meant to be a tongue in cheek comment by the way. ;p

        Commenter
        mum of four
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:15AM
      • That was meant to be a tongue in cheek comment by the way. ;p

        Commenter
        mum of four
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:16AM
      • mum of 4 ... i don't think this reply was aimed at you ... and your daughters comment is gorgeous!

        Commenter
        melbournian
        Location
        Singapore
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:20AM
      • with Sir Elton John singing "Circle of Life" playing on a grand piano from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

        Commenter
        StBob
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 6:59AM
      • i AGREE. I'M MORE TOEY THAN A ROMAN SANDAL!

        Commenter
        Norwegian Wood
        Location
        Date and time
        July 22, 2013, 11:13PM
    • All the haters are so boringly small minded. in 300 years no one will know who beyonce or brangelina is, but they'll learn about this baby. History in the making! Good luck to them.

      Commenter
      Amanda
      Location
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 11:05PM
      • Why will they learn about this baby? Maybe they will see its name in some lineage graphic reporting the long defunct monarchy.

        Commenter
        Rob68
        Location
        Date and time
        July 22, 2013, 11:37PM
      • Amanda you are a truly sad individual.

        Commenter
        JJJ
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 4:09AM
      • Ummmmmm no

        Commenter
        Meh1
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 5:09AM
    • Golly Michael, this blog has a different feel to it than last night's. hopefully this birth doesn't have 21stages also. No sleeping in this house.

      Go on tell me that the obstetrician is Dr Jens Voight. He better not yell shut up legs to Kate or nothing's going happen

      Commenter
      Dougie
      Location
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 10:47PM
    • Take the drugs, Kate! Take the drugs!!!

      Commenter
      Busymum
      Location
      Australia
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 10:29PM
      • Cool response, and suck on the gas.

        Commenter
        Camilla
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 1:16AM
    • Micheal, was this your dream job at journo uni?

      Commenter
      Asdf
      Location
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 10:23PM
    • Secret Squirrel told me the royal baby was actually born 4 days ago. Now it's the official show time

      Commenter
      mad
      Location
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 9:58PM
      • And Armstrong didn't really land on the moon, and Elvis isn't dead, right? Suuuure...

        Commenter
        melanie
        Location
        Date and time
        July 22, 2013, 10:21PM
      • Dunno about Elvis, but I've still got $50 that says Armstrong didn't land on the moon...

        Commenter
        CT
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:21AM
      • your squirrels are Grey and confederate the real squirrels are Royal Red and True Brits.

        Commenter
        Rastus321
        Location
        NGC Qld.
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:15AM
    • for millennia the royals have sponged off the common people - first with the aid of violence, now with the aid of the UK tabloid media.

      do we really care about this royal baby? it will grow up to suckle from the public teat, just like generations of its relatives before it.

      Commenter
      frank
      Location
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 9:52PM
      • So Frank you talk of the money the royals take, yet forget to mention the amount they bring in to the country and the commonwealth, get all the facts before you comment not just the ones that suit your pathetic story.

        Commenter
        Craig_1
        Location
        Date and time
        July 22, 2013, 10:16PM
      • Frank - please list

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        Rusty
        Location
        Qatar
        Date and time
        July 22, 2013, 10:36PM
      • Exactly frank. Thank yourself lucky we don't pay 99 year leases for our land like Londoners do which all ends up in the pocket of the monarchy.

        Commenter
        propeganda
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:06AM
      • propeganda[sic] best you check on some of our still antiquated laws re 99 year leases and peppercorn rent practices.
        Think cows in NPs and such.

        Commenter
        Camilla
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 1:23AM
      • Craig and Rusty the POINT is that no-one should be rich an treated better than everyone else JUST be accident of birth which all the royals were ever about and still are. It goes against everything we are striving for in modern society. That is why they should be removed.It's truly embarrassing that the Brits carry on like this.

        By the way I'm sure they couldn't care less about either of you - nice of you to stand up for them though (and so very SAD).

        Commenter
        PK
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 4:07AM
      • @ propaganda,

        right - we just stole our land outright from the Aborigines.

        Commenter
        blu
        Location
        Geelong
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 8:45AM
      • Blu...get it right...the Brits stole the lands from them. Those of us without a British heritage (some 65% of the population can sleep easy......

        Commenter
        shemp
        Location
        melb
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:04AM
      • @ shemp,

        receiving stolen property is as good as stealing it yourself.

        Commenter
        blu
        Location
        Geelong
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 10:08AM
      • Spot on sir. Its a disgrace that in 2013 these parasites still exists in our world while we have world hunger and poverty. The UK is a disgrace as are its people.

        Commenter
        Mr Russ
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 1:00PM
    • Remind me why Essential Baby isn't covering this for Fairfax.

      Commenter
      Hmmm
      Location
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 9:45PM
    • No one cares.

      Commenter
      PerthCat
      Location
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 9:44PM
      • No about you, why would anybody?

        Commenter
        BT
        Location
        Date and time
        July 22, 2013, 10:19PM
      • No only stupid idiots care whose own lives are so sad and crap they live for this.

        Commenter
        PK
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 4:08AM
      • Millions of people do actually care, as the footage from the UK and world-wide coverage clearly demonstrates. Childish, pointless comment.

        Commenter
        Anna
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 9:09AM
    • Charles confirms baby is not his.
      Abbott confirms baby is not his.
      England confirms possibility of many fathers.
      I cannot believe the attention this stuff is getting.
      seriously? Waters broke? We need to know that?? ...so When did she fart?

      Commenter
      Best comment
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 9:43PM
      • No, worst comment. What is your point?

        Commenter
        The Genuine Article
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:14PM
    • Wishing her and baby all the best.
      Interesting though that its described as a "royal baby" and not a "royal fetus"!!!

      Commenter
      Nick
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 9:41PM
    • Oh my god I'm soooooo exited. This is the biggest thing since those guys went to mars!

      Commenter
      Sarcasm
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 9:38PM
      • i AGREE. I'M MORE TOEY THAN A ROMAN SANDAL!

        Commenter
        Norwegian Wood
        Location
        Date and time
        July 22, 2013, 11:13PM
    • Oh my god I'm soooooo exited. This is the biggest thing since those guys went to mars!

      Commenter
      Sarcasm
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 9:38PM
    • i am truly excited at the prospect of a new heir to the throne. I just do not know if i can sleep at all in anticipation.
      Clearly the opportunities to the world are now bountiful.
      The paparazzi taking photos for the media barons to print and for all of us to soak up.
      Just pure bliss
      well done kate .
      for your country and your queen.
      hurry up as your mother in law wants to get away on holiday.

      Commenter
      ivano
      Location
      melbourne
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 9:09PM
      • mother in law has been dead for a while

        Commenter
        Rusty
        Location
        Qatar
        Date and time
        July 22, 2013, 9:52PM
    • $100 I'll will win:
      Name: black
      face: ginger
      hair: Velcro
      boy or girl: alienTr3b
      arms: long (reaching ground)
      legs: 2

      Commenter
      Best comment
      Date and time
      July 22, 2013, 9:07PM
      • Are you drunk?

        Commenter
        The Genuine Article
        Location
        Date and time
        July 23, 2013, 12:16PM
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