Prince William and his wife Kate, formally known as the Duchess of Cambridge, announced the birth of their first-born, a baby boy, at the private Lindo Wing in the state-run St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, central London.
The birth of the little boy – still to receive his name – was announced at 4:24pm on 22 July 2013 and weighed 3.8kg.
Photographers and reporters from around the world are waiting outside the hospital for the first glimpse of the Royal couple and their baby.
Royal gun salutes were fired on the day at the Tower of London and in Green Park, close to Buckingham Palace, to mark the birth as the tradition stands for the arrival of every British prince or princess. The Honourable Artillery Company fired 62 rounds at 10-second intervals at the Tower, while the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery gathered for a 41-round salute in Green Park.
Hugo Vickers, the royal commentator said: “This child will live an extraordinary life, meeting some of the most famous and fascinating people, yet the royal family has learned to give its children as normal an upbringing as possible.”
Vickers, who has been writing and broadcasting on the royal family for more than 35 years, said in an interview: “This boy is born to be king but he may have a whole lifetime ahead of him first. He may reach 60 and not become monarch.”
After the birth, Prince William will return to work as a military helicopter pilot once he’s taken the two weeks’ paternity leave to which British fathers are entitled.