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Newspaper review: Royal introduction considered

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It was, concludes the Sun, a genuinely touching moment that will never be forgotten by the millions who witnessed it.

Photos of the new prince with his parents appear on almost all the front pages.

The Daily Express calls him "our very special prince".

The Daily Mail, which devotes its first 19 pages to the birth, describes how the child appeared to give his first wave as he was held by his mother.

The Daily Mirror says the moment showed that he had already got the hang of royal life.

The front page of the Independent, is a royal-free zone but it reflects on the significance of the story in an editorial.

The paper, which says it has always made a point of having less royal coverage than its competitors, acknowledges that, from Prince Charles to his son, to the new prince, the monarchy now looks safer than ever, largely thanks to the sagacity of the Queen.

The Daily Telegraph takes up the theme, saying it was not just a happy personal event but the contemporary renewal of an ancient institution.

In short, it says, republicans have lost the argument for another century at least.

Modern monarchy

The Mirror is convinced that Prince William and his wife are every inch the youthful royals needed to safeguard the monarchy for generations.

The Sun says the image of them holding their day-old son captured the essence of a couple who have breathed new life into the institution.

Britain is obviously proud of its very modern monarchy, it concludes.

There are inevitably comparisons between the images outside St Mary's Hospital on Tuesday and those taken 31 years ago of Prince Charles and Princess Diana holding Prince William.

For the Daily Star, the duchess seemed confident and glowing whereas Diana looked nervous.

The Daily Telegraph suggests it was no coincidence that Kate wore a polka dot dress with a very similar pattern to the one worn by Diana.

The Mail says Prince William cut a much more relaxed figure than his father, who wore a shirt and tie and a buttoned-up jacket.

Wrong response

Meanwhile, the expansion of the Help to Buy scheme is greeted with scepticism by some newspapers.

The Daily Telegraph fears it could be rather too successful for its own good, pushing up house prices.

The Times feels the initiative is an understandable response to helping people get onto the housing ladder - but says it is the wrong one.

The paper believes it would be better to increase the supply of housing and ensure small businesses have access to capital.

What is needed, suggests the Guardian, is a building programme to address the shortfall in housing.

Instead we have another housing bubble in the making, it warns.

The Daily Telegraph also reflects on how the hot weather is affecting some major retailers.

It claims that not many families want to spend the day shopping in such high temperatures.

On Tuesday, the Carpetright chain said its sales had fallen more than 10% in the past three weeks.

The company remains upbeat, predicting that people will want to install a carpet eventually.

Knowing the traditional British weather, the firm may not have long to wait - the paper concludes.

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