The birth of our future King

23/07/2013 11:50  |  William and Kate

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child was born at 4.24pm on Monday 22nd July 2013 at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London. Named George Alexander Louis, the newborn's official title is His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge. Prince William was at his wife's side throughout the birth, having accompanied Kate to the hospital earlier in the day.

The new Prince weigned 8lbs and 6oz and was thought to be about a week overdue. Gynaecologist Dr Marcus Setchell headed up the medical team at the hospital; he treated Kate during her severe bout of morning sickness at the start of her pregnancy. Dr Setchell also delivered the Countess of Wessex's two children.

Kate and her new baby are expected to remain in hospital for a day or so. Both are said to be doing well. Following tradition, a document was displayed on a special easel on the grounds of Buckingham Palace on the evening of the 22nd July. It stated the time of birth, the baby's weight and was signed by four members of the medical staff who helped to deliver the new prince.

Leaders and politicians in the UK and around the world passed on their congratulations to the couple on the birth of their son who is now third in the line to the throne after his grandfather, Prince Charles and his father, Prince William.

Prior to the birth, a spokesman for St James’ Palace had confirmed that the couple had given their approval to the flood of royal baby memorabilia due to hit the shelves.  As befits any great Royal occasion, whether it’s a Birthday, Jubilee or Wedding, an array of souvenirs is currently being produced to mark the new baby’s arrival, from commemorative coins to china plates and romper suits.

Just as William and Kate’s wedding gave a much-needed boost to the economy by attracting millions of extra visitors to the UK in spring 2011, Britons are expected to spend over £200 million on celebrations following the arrival of the new prince. This will be spent not just on commmemoratives and collectables but also champagne and food.


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