Prince William stayed overnight with mother and baby at the Lindo wing at St Mary’s hospital, Paddington, west London.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were spending their first full day with their newborn son on Tuesday, amid anticipation the world would get its first glimpse of the baby destined to be a king.
Prince William stayed overnight with mother and baby at the Lindo wing at St Mary’s hospital, Paddington, west London, where, at 4.24pm on Monday the duchess was safely delivered of her son, weighing 8lbs 6oz (3.8kg). In a brief statement issued on Monday night, the duke said: “We could not be happier.”
A Kensington Palace spokesman said it was “too early” to say if the family would be leaving St Mary’s Lindo wing on Tuesday: “In terms of whether they will be discharged, it’s down to their medical team and themselves when they’ll be discharged, but it’s too early to say.”
It is not known whether the couple will receive visitors. While Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and siblings Pippa and James may pop in, new grandfather the Prince of Wales was continuing his two-day visit to Yorkshire.
He issued a brief statement on Monday night, saying: “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.”
It is thought unlikely that the Queen will visit – though she did on the occasion of William’s birth. But she will undoubtedly be able to see her third great-grandchild in private before departing for Balmoral for her summer sojourn on Friday.
No name has yet been announced for the third-in-line to the throne, though the bookies’ favourites were George and James. The couple have drawn up a shortlist but, given their son’s destiny, will be consulting with members of the royal family. It took one week for William’s name to be made public, and a month for Charles’s.
There were celebrations around the world. In London, gun salutes will sound across the capital to mark the birth of the baby, a tradition carried out upon the arrival of every new prince or princess. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will ride past Buckingham Palace to stage a 41-gun royal salute in Green park at 2pm. At the Tower of London, there will be a 62-gun salute from the Gun Wharf by the Honourable Artillery Company. A royal gun salute normally comprises 21 rounds, increased to 41 if fired from a royal park or residence. The Tower gets an extra 21 for the citizens of the City of London to show their loyalty to the monarch.
Outside Buckingham Palace the ornate easel, upon which the foolscap bulletin announcing details of the birth to the world was placed last night, remained in place.
New Zealand got in early with its 21-gun salute, due to the time difference, staging it outside parliament in Wellington. The country also planned to illuminate 37 landmarks nationwide.
Back in London, Trafalgar Square’s fountains were lit with blue lights, and will remain lit for the next six days, as will London’s Living Room at the top of City Hall. The London mayor, Boris Johnson, said: “Huge congratulations to the duke and duchess on the birth of their first child who will, by virtue of being born in this great city, be a Londoner through and through.”
The fountains in Marble Arch and the Golden Jubilee bridge were also lit up in blue and will remain so until midnight. The leader of Westminster city council, Philippa Rose, said: “We will be working with Kensington Palace to register the birth of the baby.”
Even Niagara Falls in Canada was illuminated in blue, as was the Peace tower and parliament buildings in Ottawa, and the CN tower in Toronto.
On board HMS Kent, crew lined up to spell out the word “BOY” on deck.
Messages of congratulation continued to flood in from across Britain and the world. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were among the first to congratulate the couple on “the joyous occasion”, with the president referring to the “special relationship” between the US and Britain making Americans “pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince”.
Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, sent his “heartfelt congratulations”. As things stand, the baby prince is destined to be king not just of Britain, but 15 other Commonwealth realms including Canada and Australia.
Kevin Rudd, the prime minister of Australia, announced the country’s gift to the baby prince would be a research project examining a desert-dwelling Australian marsupial, the bilby. “In terms of cute and cuddly toys, it’ll be a cute and cuddly bilby,” he said. Prince William had a fondness for Australian marsupials as a small child, and was nicknamed “wombat” at home.
In a statement, Rudd said the country shared the joy of the royal family: “Prince William holds a special place in the hearts of many Australians. Some of us remember his first visit to this country as a nine-month-old baby more than 30 years ago with his mother Diana and father Charles.”
New Zealand, meanwhile, is sending a gift of a hand-woven, fine lace shawl, which took more than 280 hours to weave.
The birth of a boy means the history books will not be totally rewritten. Had the baby been a girl, the newly passed Succession to the Crown Act 2013 would have seen her become monarch, even if a younger brother was born. But the act does mean that the new prince, should he chose, could marry a Catholic without renouncing his right to the throne, though he cannot be one himself.
Station commander Group Captain Adrian Hill, on behalf of all at RAF Valley, where William serves as a search and rescue pilot, said: “We are delighted to learn that Flight Lieutenant Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge are now proud parents of a newborn son.” The Irish Guards, of which William is colonel, raised a traditional glass of stout at their barracks in Aldershot and bases in London to wet the baby’s head.
The Royal Mint has unveiled a commemorative silver penny to mark the occasion. It will produce 2,013, which are available to babies born on the same day as the prince.
The campaign group Republic, which launched its #bornEqual initiative earlier this month, calling for every child to be born equal in political status and rights, said the royal birth raised serious questions about Britain and democratic values. But its chief executive, Graham Smith, said the baby should be allowed to grow up without “constant interference and intrusion”.
He added: “Here is a new baby whose career, religion, even personal relationships have already been mapped out. Thanks to the monarchy, he will have very few real choices in life – so let’s give him the space to grow up as normally as possible, Meanwhile, this is an opportunity for the rest of us to consider whether this circus is the best way to run things.”
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