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Royal baby: Messages of congratulations flood in after birth

A formal bulletin confirming the birth was displayed at Buckingham Palace

Congratulatory messages are flooding in from around the world to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, the third in line to the throne.

Prince William said the couple “could not be happier” following the birth of the boy, who weighed 8lb 6oz and is yet to be named, at 16:24 BST on Monday.

Thousands of well-wishers descended on Buckingham Palace after the news broke.

The royal birth will be marked later with gun salutes and the ringing of Westminster Abbey’s bells.

The duke was at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, west London, for the birth – and stayed with Catherine and the baby overnight.

Leaving hospital

A Kensington Palace spokesman said it was “too early” to say whether they would leave hospital on Tuesday. The couple are expected to talk to their medical team before a decision is made.

BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said it was unlikely the Queen would visit her great-grandchild in hospital, adding – “she can of course see him privately once he leaves”.

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The London Eye was illuminated in the colours of the union jack The London Eye was illuminated in patriotic colours following the announcement
Visitors to Niagara Falls discovered the baby's gender when they were illuminated by blue lights Visitors to Niagara Falls discovered the baby’s gender in a rather unusual way
British Telecom tower displays "it's a boy" to mark the birth of a baby boy for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge The British Telecom Tower delivered the news to Londoners as it grew dark
Crowds gather to see an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace Crowds flocked to Buckingham Palace to celebrate the news
The official bulletin announcing the birth The official bulletin was posted outside Buckingham Palace on Monday evening
Easel at Buckingham Palace One man shouted: “It’s a boy” after the easel was posted, prompting crowds to erupt in cheers
Members of the public and tourists were queuing in the rain outside Buckingham Palace to get a glimpse if the easel Members of the public and tourists are queuing in the rain outside Buckingham Palace to get a glimpse of the easel
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married in April 2011 and Catherine’s pregnancy was announced in December 2012

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After the new arrival was announced in a statement issued by Kensington Palace, a large cheer went up from well-wishers and journalists outside the hospital.

A written bulletin was then displayed on an easel at Buckingham Palace where royal watchers and tourists are queuing in the rain to catch a glimpse.

The palace has said the historic notice will only be on show for 24 hours, indicating it is likely to be removed just after 20:00.

Name announcement

The world now awaits the couple’s choice of names for their son, with George the bookmakers’ favourite, followed by James and Alexander.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said the scale of the international interest was “pretty awesome”, and “quite threatening in a sense”. He said the couple would be “knocked back” when they step out of the hospital.

The arrival generated headlines and celebrations around the world, and prompted messages of goodwill to flood in:

  • New Yorkers were informed of the news when it was tickered in lights at Times Square
  • In London, Trafalgar Square was lit blue for a boy, while the BT Tower delivered the message: “It’s a boy!”
  • At its peak, there were more than 25,000 tweets per minute about the royal baby’s birth
  • US president Barack Obama said: “We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings” while Australian PM Kevin Rudd said Australians wished “the royal bub all the best”
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend Justin Welby, greeted the news by saying: “Along with millions here and around the world, I share in their joy at this special time”
  • The village of Bucklebury in Berkshire – Catherine’s childhood home – was “intensely delighted at the birth”, said the BBC’s Ben Moore

At 14:00 BST, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will stage a 41-gun salute in Green Park, after riding past Buckingham Palace.

At the same time, the Honourable Artillery Company – the City of London’s army reserve regiment – will fire a 62-gun salute from Gun Wharf at the Tower of London.

And the church bells of Westminster Abbey, where William and Catherine were married in April 2011, are expected to ring out for three hours from 14:00.

‘Doing well’

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