The world is eagerly awaiting the first glimpse of the royal baby born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who “could not be happier” at becoming parents.
William and Kate spent the night at hospital bonding with their new son who was delivered at 4.24pm yesterday weighing 8lb 6oz.
The Duke was at the Duchess’s bedside when she gave birth at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London.
The royal couple could leave hospital today with their son and show the baby prince to the world’s waiting media and well-wishers.
The Prince of Wales, who has become a grandfather for the first time, summed up the feelings of the Royal Family when he described the new arrival as an “incredibly special moment for William and Catherine”.
ABuckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are delighted at the news. William telephoned his family to tell them the good news, speaking personally to the Queen, his father Charles and younger brother Prince Harry.
The new royal baby is third in line to the throne.
He will be the 43rd sovereign since William the Conqueror if, as expected, he follows reigns by Charles then William. The Prince of Wales issued a brief statement last night saying: “Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild.
Moments before Charles’s joyous words were released, the Queen’s press secretary Ailsa Anderson strode out on to Buckingham Palace’s forecourt to place the official notice on its ornate stand.
Charles said: “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 document had four signatures, first of which was Marcus Setchell, surgeon gynaecologist to the Queen, who led the medical team that delivered Kate’s baby.
Mr Setchell spoke movingly about the baby, describing the Queen’s third great-grandchild as a “wonderful baby, beautiful baby”.
The baby’s name was not announced as we went to press, but George was the bookmakers favourite on Tuesday morning.
*Following the announcement of the birth of the new Royal baby to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Princess Catherine, the most senior cleric in the Church of England in Lancashire has congratulated the couple.
The Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev John Goddard, said: “On behalf of the Diocese of Blackburn, the Church of England in Lancashire, we are delighted at the news and we pass on our congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy.
“In Lancashire, and across the UK, churches and cathedrals will be celebrating and offering prayers for the new born baby and his parents.”