New royal baby is announced

According to a statement issued by Kensington Palace, “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm.” The easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace states that Baby Cambridge (who does not yet have a name) weighs 8lbs 6oz.

The official statement, issued electronically from the palace, read:

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm.

The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz.

The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

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

Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.

The Prince of Wales, William’s father Charles, has also issued a public 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.”

The Queen has final say over the baby’s name. She will be presented with a list of possibilities, made up by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for approval before the name becomes official.

Fun facts

  • Baby Cambridge nearly shared his birthday with his father, who was born to Princess Diana and Prince Charles in the same wing of the same hospital, 31 years and one day ago today.
  • The new baby will be a Cancerian, like his father and his grandmother
  • Bookies have placed odds on the child’s name, with Barack at 200/1 and Chardonnay at 250/1
  • Baby Cambridge is only the second future monarch to have been born in a hospital
  • This is the first royal birth to have been announced by palace officials via Twitter
  • There are two names the new baby will not have: Oliver and Stephen. Oliver because of Oliver Cromwell, and Stephen because of the grandson of William the Conqueror, who reigned in a period of anarchy
  • The Queen’s gynaecologist, Marcus Setchell, aged 69, headed the medical team which delivered Baby Cambridge. He delayed his retirement when the Duke and Duchess asked him to oversee the birth.

Read more about the new royal baby at The Guardian website


Opinion: Concerns for the little prince

What impeccable timing the new royal baby has! He made his appearance just in time for the evening news in England, and just in time for the morning news in Australia – journalists everywhere must be singing his praises. It seems he is already gearing up for the limelight.

Although The Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy, and now the birth of her son, has been highly publicised, this is also a very special moment for the two new parents. They have a tiny little addition to their family, and they are about to experience the joys of first words and solid foods, as well as sleepless nights, nappy changes and dribble.

And, if the way they behave in public is any indication, they seem like they’ll make a good mum and dad. Even with excellent parents, however, I do worry a little for Baby Cambridge. He will grow up in a bizarre world where, as soon as he is able to comprehend it, he will know that he is third in line to the English throne. He will live without privacy, always on his best behaviour, and all of his most embarrassing teenage moments will probably be caught on camera and distributed to the world. It’s a lot to put on a kid.

But for now he is blissfully ignorant, so today should be about celebration, not needless worry. Whether you are a royalist or not, today a loving couple gave birth to a healthy baby and that should be enough for the world to smile and say “Congratulations”.

What do you think? Are you excited about the new baby? Or are you sick of all the media hype? And do you think the new mum and dad are ready for dark circles under their eyes and endless rounds of peek-a-boo?