As it happened: Reaction to new royal

Key Points

  • The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a son
  • The baby weighed 8lbs 6oz and was born at 16:24 BST
  • The new baby is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William
  • A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are delighted."
  • Prime Minister David Cameron said: "The whole country will celebrate. They'll make wonderful parents."
  • US President Barack Obama said: "We wish them all the happiness parenthood brings."

    The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy. The baby was delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, weighing 8lb 6oz. You can follow all the reaction here.


    The official announcement of the birth has been posted on an easel in front of Buckingham Palace.


    The news came via an announcement from Kensington Palace. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.


    The Prince of Wales said that he was "enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time", adding that it was "an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine".

    Peter Hunt Royal Correspondent

    tweets: Kate and her baby son are both said to be doing well.

    Nicky, Dorset

    texts: Congratulations to the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William on the safe arrival of a baby boy. Glad to hear they are doing well.

    2105: Joanna Gosling BBC News at Buckingham Palace

    An enormous crowd here at the palace - people trying to make an orderly queue to have their photo taken with the official announcement. I don't know if they will all manage to get to the front!


    Cheers rang out outside Buckingham Palace when the news of the little boy's safe arrival spread. Crowds had gathered there since this morning's news that the Duchess had gone into labour.

    Daniel, Bridgend

    texts: Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Hail to our future King!

    2111: Prime Minister David Cameron

    tweets: I'm delighted for the Duke and Duchess now their son has been born. The whole country will celebrate. They'll make wonderful parents.


    BBC 5 Live are reporting there is a bit of a crush outside the Buckingham Palace gates where people are desperate to get a photo of the birth announcement on the easel. An official tells people to take their picture and move away so others can have a chance.


    The statement, on Buckingham Palace headed paper, was brought out for public inspection on the easel by Badar Azim, a footman with the Royal Household, and Ailsa Anderson, the Queen's press secretary.

    The easel, in the Rococo revival style, was previously used to announce the birth of Prince William in 1982. It is a carved gilt wood easel with moulded uprights ending at scrolled cabriole legs and feet.


    The news was also given out by a town crier on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, where the baby was delivered. "May he be long-lived, happy and glorious, and one day reign over us," he announced.

    Ruth, Leeds

    texts: In Leeds having some drinks with friends to wet the baby's head! Congratulations to Kate and Wills- Mum and Dad! Can't wait to see the family life unfold!


    Prince William, who is nicknamed Wales by friends and who has lived on Anglesey since 2010 while working as a helicopter rescue pilot on the isle, has received congratulations from Welsh Secretary David Jones.

    Mr Jones said: "This is a joyous event and I was delighted to hear of the safe birth of our nation's newest Prince. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are already honorary Welsh people from living on Anglesey for so long and I know that the whole of Wales will join me in wishing them well in this new stage of their lives together."

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

    tweets: Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Good news to make the whole country smile.


    The baby is the Queen's third great-grandchild. It is the first time that three direct-line heirs to a monarch have been alive since Queen Victoria's reign.

    2127: Peter Hunt Royal correspondent, BBC News

    Royal doctor Marcus Setchell says "wonderful baby. Beautiful baby".


    David Cameron said it was "wonderful news" and that right across the country and the Commonwealth people would be wishing the royal couple well.

    Speaking outside Downing Street, the prime minister added: "Above all it is a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who have got a brand new baby boy.

    "It has been a remarkable few years for our royal family - a royal wedding that captured people's hearts, that extraordinary and magnificent jubilee and now this royal birth - all from a family that has given this nation so much incredible service.

    "They can know that a proud nation is celebrating with a very proud and happy couple tonight."

    Tracy, Brentwood

    emails: Congratulations to Wills and Kate, here's to many sleepless nights dirty nappies and years of unconditional love.


    Here's the official bulletin of the baby's birth, on an easel outside Buckingham Palace:

    Easel outside Buckingham Palace

    More from new grandfather the Prince of Wales, who issued a brief 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."

    2135: Peter Hunt Royal correspondent, BBC News

    Prince William is not expected to speak tonight to the media about the birth of his son. He's expected to spend the night at the hospital.


    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: "I am delighted to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the arrival of their baby boy.

    "Along with millions here and around the world, I share in their joy at this special time.

    "May God bless this family with love, health and happiness in their shared life ahead."

    Suzanne Lues

    emails: Congratulations to Royal family on the arrival of new baby boy. All our thoughts and wishes from British people in South Africa.


    Royal supporters outside Buckingham Palace were all smiles as the news was announced:

    Crowds outside Buckingham Palace

    Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond added: "I am sure that people across Scotland will be absolutely thrilled to hear the news of the birth of a baby boy to the royal couple and will want to join me in wishing the proud parents many congratulations."


    Here's a stat for you - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby son is the heaviest future king to be born in recent history.

    The new prince weighed 8lb 6oz while his father Prince William weighed 7lb 1.5oz in 1982, and his grandfather the Prince of Wales weighed 7lb 6oz when he was born in 1948.

    Matt Mulekezi, Houston, TX

    tweets: It would have been nice to see Princess Diana become a Royal Grandma.


    A law passed in April ensured that the couple's first child would have stayed next in line to the throne after Prince William, regardless of gender. Even the couple themselves reportedly did not know that the Duchess was carrying a boy.


    The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince (name) of Cambridge. It is not known when the baby's name will be announced - in 1982 it took a week for Prince William's name to be made public.


    Congratulations are continuing to flood in for the royal couple.

    Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "My warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Wonderful news and a happy moment for our country and overseas territories."

    Canada's prime minister Stephen Harper sent his "heartfelt congratulations" to the couple and the Royal Family on behalf of all Canadians.

    Outgoing Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks tweeted "Mazal Tov" to the happy couple. "We wish them blessings, good health, and joy in becoming parents," he added.

    Heather Webb, Droitwich

    emails: Knitted bootees for the baby. So pleased and the office are so proud.


    This is town crier Tony Appleton, who announced the royal birth outside the Lindo Wing in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington.

    Town crier Tony Appleton announcing the royal birth

    Here's a more legible image of the formal bulletin of the baby's birth:

    View of formal announcement

    More from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who has now issued a statement, saying: "Miriam and I want to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son. This is wonderful news which will make the whole country smile.

    "The arrival of a first child is a very special time and we send our very best wishes to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - and indeed to all couples who have become proud parents on this very special day."

    Graham, San Francisco

    emails: Expats here on the West Coast. Congratulations to the Duchess and Prince. Now the hard work really starts.


    The Duke of Cambridge has issued a statement saying: "We could not be happier."

    Dave Parfitt, Rochester, NY

    tweets: Congratulations to all babies born today & everyday! You're all kings & queens w/ a world of possibilities in front of you!


    The Royal Mint will give babies born on the same day as the new prince a special silver penny to mark the occasion.

    A total of 2,013 of the coins have been minted and parents will have 60 days after the birth to claim the special present which will come in a pink or blue pouch depending on the sex of the baby.

    Announcement going on easel

    Here's the Queen's press secretary, Ailsa Anderson, assisted by footman Badar Azim, placing the announcement on the easel.

    Matt Wicks, South Woodford

    emails: Celebrating the baby's birth with expats in Los Alcazares, South-East Spain. Bienvenidos William and Kate!

    Luisa Baldini BBC News, Buckingham Palace

    The Duke of Cambridge is spending the night at St Mary's Hospital alongside his wife and new baby son - but most new fathers in the UK aren't allowed to stay overnight at the hospital!

    Tom Lyon

    texts: This is my first major royal birth ! Feeling the buzz congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


    Residents of the village of Bucklebury where the Duchess of Cambridge's parents live have been celebrating the news of the royal birth.

    Local pub owner John Haley said: "We are all having a massive party, it's a great atmosphere and it's all kicked off. It's great that Kate and her son are doing well."

    Chairwoman of Bucklebury Parish Council Wynne Frankum said: "I think we are all highly delighted that the baby has arrived and that both are well. When a baby arrives, there is always a sigh of relief."


    People have been arriving at Buckingham Palace since the news of the birth was announced.

    Michael Eckett, from London, said: "We've just come for the atmosphere. It's jubilant. It's a lovely summer's day, we've won the second Ashes Test - everything is good."


    The baby is third in line to the throne after his father and grandfather. Prince Harry becomes fourth in line, and the Duke of York and his daughters fifth, sixth and seventh.


    Mayor of London Boris Johnson has confirmed that the Trafalgar Square fountains will be turned blue for the next seven days to mark the royal birth.

    He 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. I am sure millions of Londoners will be raising a glass today to toast this wonderful news."


    From their first kiss in public in 2006 to their engagement in 2010, this BBC graphic charts the duke and duchess's story so far.


    Watch the moment when the news of the royal birth was posted on the easel at Buckingham Palace.

    Annick Eisele

    Tweets: In the end, people queuing in front of St Mary's didn't get the news of Royal Baby Boy quicker than people at home!


    News of the royal birth is being celebrated around the world - it has even been announced on a news ticker in Times Square in New York.

    Times Square, New York

    St James's Palace announced the duchess was expecting a baby in December last year after she was admitted to hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute form of morning sickness.


    Some people waited all day outside Buckingham Palace for news of the royal birth and the crowds grew bigger as the day went on.

    Crowds outside Buckingham Palace

    Some of the details of the birth of the duke and duchess's child were announced before the big day, including that the news would be delivered to the world on an ornate easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. Here are 10 lesser-known facts about royal births.

    2217: Luisa Baldini BBC News, Buckingham Palace

    Palace sources tell me that the Duke and Duchess spent some time bonding with their baby before telling even close family the news.

    Sam Mack

    tweets: This new prince should be called Keith. King Keith, that sounds nice.


    The team that delivered the royal baby was led by the Queen's gynaecologist, Marcus Setchell (at centre), who was reportedly asked to delay his retirement for the birth.

    Team of doctors leaving hospital

    A law passed in April paved the way for the duke and duchess's first child to become monarch, regardless of whether they were a boy or a girl. Read more about the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 here.


    Celebrations are continuing in New York with signs announcing the sex of the baby being hung in a British-themed restaurant.

    New York restaurant

    US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the "joyous occasion of the birth of their first child," adding: "We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings.

    "The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations. Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince."


    The duke and duchess have been quietly making plans for the future king or queen to receive a thoroughly modern upbringing, says royal commentator Carolyn Harris. She asks how their approach to parenting might differ from that of their predecessors.


    More quotes from the Duchess of Cambridge's home village of Bucklebury, which have been gathered by BBC reporter Emma Midgeley.

    Landlord of the Old Boot Inn pub John Haley said: "Everyone's over the moon. When the news came out everybody went crazy. I think the celebrations are going to be all week. People are going to party all week long. I've already sold 12 bottles of champagne."

    Lainee Buchan, from Upper Bucklebury, was at the pub with her son Charlie. She said: "There's definitely a buzz about the place there's such a nice feel. I'm really pleased it's a boy."

    Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on 15 June

    The duchess made her last public appearance on 15 June at the Trooping the Colour ceremony in honour of the Queen's official birthday.

    Jim Stewart, Oban

    texts: At a caravan site in Oban where we ran up the Union Flag to celebrate the Royal birth. Ok it was an apron but it was a genuine gesture of joy.


    If you want to find all our royal coverage grouped together, it is all here.

    The Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London

    The baby was born at the private Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, which reopened in June last year following an extensive refurbishment, The wing "boasts a luxury service similar to a high-end hotel", says the Daily Mirror.

    Petra Abecasis, South Brittany

    emails: We are on a small boat in a marina in S. Brittany, listening to the wonderful news coverage on our laptop! So lucky, as we do not always get any reception at all. We are so excited about the news.

    Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Charles outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, following the birth of Prince William

    Diana, Princess of Wales, also had her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, at the Lindo Wing. Here she is pictured holding a newborn Prince William outside the hospital in 1982.

    Zara Philips and Mike Tindall leave Canongate Kirk after getting married on 30 July 2011 in Edinburgh

    The baby is the third great-grandchild for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Their oldest grandchild, Peter Phillips, and his wife have two children. And the fourth great-grandchild is already on the way: earlier this month, it was announced that Zara Phillips and rugby player Mike Tindall are expecting their first baby, due in the new year.

    Linda Borg, Burleson, Texas

    emails: As a Brit living in the USA, I am so very proud to hear the news about the Royal Baby! God bless him all the days of his life.

    Brett Kelly, South Africa

    Tweets: Weird how someone can be the most famous person alive as soon as they are born


    "Keep a box of tissues handy in every room to mop up nasty spillages. If they offer, let your visitors make tea for you," - were among the tips for new parents offered by BBC News Website readers.

    The advice round-up came about after readers responded in their hundreds to a Magazine piece on 10 types of irritating advice for parents.


    Prince William telephoned his family to tell them the good news, speaking personally to the Queen, his father Prince Charles and younger brother Prince Harry.


    London landmarks are lighting up to mark the royal birth.

    Hungerford Bridge is currently coloured blue, while the London Eye is decked out in red, white and blue. A message announcing "It's a boy" was also displayed around the top of the BT Tower.


    Here's the London Eye patriotically illuminated to mark the occasion:

    London Eye
    Ann Marshall, Glasgow

    emails: Congratulations to them both. A wonderful day for the nation, very proud to be British. A special moment in history.


    Prince William is known to be an Aston Villa supporter and the club have tweeted their congratulations, saying: Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Another Villa fan arrives into the world!

    They have also prepared a special present for the new prince.

    Prince's Aston Villa kit
    Fred Osifelo, Solomon Islands

    emails: Congratulations to the Royal couple. When William and Kate visited the Solomon Islands there was great shouts of joy and happiness from the citizens of our nation. The children, women and men were very excited to meet the Royals.

    Sarah Stringer, Grimsby

    tweets: Just putting it out there, my money's on George


    Reaction to the birth has flooded in since the news emerged.

    Labour Leader Ed Miliband said: "Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I wish them and their son all happiness and good health."

    Marlene Beatrice Pena Finol, Caracas, Venezuela

    emails: My daughter Caroline Collis, my granddaughter Anna Gabriella Farina Collis and myself want to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the arrival of their baby boy. All our thoughts and best wishes from British people in Caracas, Venezuela.

    Serena Smart, Isle of Skye

    emails: Every baby brings joy to parents and family, but this baby brings joy to a nation. Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their beloved son.


    The first editions of the morning papers are starting to come out and for one day only, The Sun newspaper has changed its name to The Son.


    What will the Royal baby be called? A bookie's look at the runners and riders.

    New temporary parking restrictions outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington

    Temporary parking restrictions were brought in outside the Lindo Wing on 1 July, and were due to last until 31 July.


    The baby is the first grandchild for Catherine's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton.

    A picture dated 29 April 2011 of Michael and Carole Middleton, the parents of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, coming out of Westminster Abbey following the royal wedding

    The Daily Mail newspaper reported that Catherine had told friends she would move in with her parents for at least six weeks following the birth.


    The explosion in the use of social media was illustrated tonight in the minutes after the announcement of the birth.

    Twitter UK reports: #Congratulations! At its peak there were more than 25,300 Tweets Per Minute about the #RoyalBaby's birth:


    A surname will not necessarily be required for the new baby, as he will have the title HRH Prince and will be referred to in this way.

    If Catherine and William want to include a surname, there are three choices available - Mountbatten-Windsor, Wales or Cambridge.

    Croeso i'r byd

    texts: Huge congratulations to The Duke and Duchess on the birth of their son! We are all excited on the Isle of Anglesey!


    Gun salutes will sound across London on Tuesday to mark the birth. Here are the Honourable Artillery Company preparing their guns ahead of the Royal Gun Salute from the Tower of London:

    Guns being prepared (10 July)
    Phil Fitzgerald, Madrid

    emails: I was on a train from Madrid to Valladolid and frantically trying to get a signal to see whether the Duchess had given birth yet. When I got my signal back, the news was up that it was a boy and I admit I gave a little cheer! Strange looks from the Spanish around me, but a great day to be British.

    Doug Sim, St Bees

    emails: An emergency ringing team was scrambled, and at 21.15 the bells of St Bees Priory, Cumbria, rang out to celebrate the royal birth.


    Prime Minister David Cameron has been giving his reaction to the news of the royal birth - you can watch him here.

    Jerry, Cambridge

    texts: As a Cambridge person I'm sure I speak for the other 130,000 of us in saying that we are thrilled to have a new Prince if Cambridge tonight!

    Samantha Womer

    tweets: Is it bad that I care way more about the royal baby watch than I ever have about a presidential election?


    The front pages are nearly all celebrating the new royal baby. Here is a selection of the newspapers you will be able to buy in the morning.

    The Guardian
    The Sun
    Daily Express
    Daily Mail
    Daily Star
    Andrew Proctor, Mexico City

    emails: Congratulations to the duke and duchess! Wonderful news. I'm spending much of my time watching history in the making. This makes me proud to be British, even from here in Mexico. Looking forward to hearing the names of our future king. God bless them all.


    The duke and duchess received a rather unusual gift in the run-up to the birth of their first child - a Finnish baby box. Find out what it is by clicking here.

    Harvey Benjamin, Niles, Illinois, US

    Last Monday my great aunt Jean Biermann passed away in London. A week later this wonderful news. I wish she'd have hung on one more week. We can all now step into the future, blessed and stronger than before because, when faced with change, our love held fast and did not break. All the best wishes to all in the Commonwealth from across the pond.


    Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson extended his best wishes to the royal couple.

    ‪He said: "I was honoured to attend their wedding and I wish them every health and happiness in the next chapter of their lives together."

    Tanith Messenger, Polis in Cyrpus

    emails: Congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their little Prince! May he bring them much love and joy


    What a historic day it has been! Time for a quick look back at the past 16 hours or so....


    At around 07:30 BST it was announced the Duchess of Cambridge was in the early stages of labour and had been taken to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London by her husband Prince William.

    The crowds outside the hospital grew steadily through the morning as journalists and royal watchers gathered to await further news.

    The scene outside St Mary's Hospital

    There was no more news until the evening when it was suddenly announced that the birth would be revealed on a press release before the official notice was posted on the easel at Buckingham Palace.


    Shortly afterwards the news broke that the Duchess of Cambridge had given birth to the new prince at 16:24 BST - her new son weighed in at 8lb 6oz


    Reaction has poured in ever since from family, politicians and the public.

    A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are delighted", while Prime Minister David Cameron said: "The whole country will celebrate. They'll make wonderful parents."


    The crowds outside Buckingham Palace eagerly pressed towards the gates once the notice was on the easel to try to get themselves a souvenir photograph.

    Prince William, who is spending the night at the hospital, said: "We could not be happier."


    On Tuesday there will be a gun salute at the Tower of London to mark the birth but there is no word yet as to when the baby's name will be revealed.


    And this is where we wrap up the live page for now.

    Thanks for joining us on this historic evening.


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