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Royal baby live: It's a boy!


by Martin King on Jul 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM

  • 10:01am Royal baby to be introduced to world with a 41-gun salute and a proclamation on an easel. Discover the protocol at ind.pn
    7/22/2013 9:01:50 AM
  • 10:03am Republicans, look away now... Duchess of Cambridge in labour. Media circus springs into action at St Mary's Hospital ind.pn
    7/22/2013 9:03:40 AM
  • 10:10am Media wait outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London where the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labour. (PA)

    7/22/2013 9:10:55 AM
  • 10:11am After being assessed by doctors this morning, palace officials made the announcement that the 31-year-old was 'in the early stages of labour'. A spokesman for the royal couple later said: “Things are progressing as normal.”
    7/22/2013 9:11:16 AM
  • 10:12am Princess Diana was in hospital for 22 hours when she had William, says Dickie Arbiter, a former Press secretary to the Queen. "She had the baby one day and left the next," he said.
    7/22/2013 9:12:44 AM
  • 10:14am Canadians are to mark the birth of the royal baby using the CN Tower to let residents of Toronto know if the baby is a boy or a girl. The tower will light up blue for a boy and pink for a girl.
    7/22/2013 9:14:46 AM
  • 10:27am The couple’s child will become third in the line of succession, pushing Prince Harry into fourth and the Duke of York into fifth. I'm sure they won't mind.
    7/22/2013 9:17:26 AM
  • 11:03am A moment in history: Royal baby will be third in line to ascend to the throne regardless of sex ind.pn
    7/22/2013 10:03:36 AM


  • 11.16am The Archbishop of Canterbury tweets his best wishes...


    7/22/2013 10:16:13 AM
  • 11:16am The Met Office have entered into the spirit of the (hashtag) royal baby too and instead of providing forecasts, have decided to take a look back..


    7/22/2013 10:16:32 AM
  • 11:18am The Archbishop of Canterbury will not attend the birth on this occasion of course, (it was the custom in the past).
    7/22/2013 10:18:03 AM
  • 11:21am The average length of labour for a first time mother is around 12 hours - meaning the new prince or princess could be born in the late afternoon or early evening.
    7/22/2013 10:21:35 AM
  • 11.27am It's not just the media who are camped outside the hospital. This proud royalist also awaits the birth of the royal baby. 


    7/22/2013 10:27:39 AM
  • 11.28am Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, with their two children, Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and Princess Anne (R), circa 1951

    7/22/2013 10:28:11 AM
  • 11:31am A twitter account professing to be the 'royal fetus'  has begun tweeting its own live updates 


    7/22/2013 10:31:35 AM
  • 2.11pm: Dame Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her lead role in 2006 film The Queen, said it would be "great" if the baby was a girl because "we need more Queens in our life".
    When asked what she thought about the name Diana for a girl - after William's mother - she replied: 
    "I wonder if they'll go there. That would be interesting, wouldn't it? That would be very interesting... Her second name will be Elizabeth without a doubt."

    Dame Helen said Queen Caroline "would work" - after Kate's mother Carole - while she also liked Charlotte and Victoria, adding: "It would be nice to have one of those ancient Anglo-Saxon names."
    7/22/2013 1:12:24 PM
  • A young girl looks-on as Sarah Haggie (left) and Fi Thompson (right) pose in Union flag jackets outside Buckingham Palace (PA)

    7/22/2013 1:15:30 PM
  • 2.29 From Cahal Milmo outside St Mary's Hospital
    Where there are heirs to the throne, it would seem there are also chancers. Dressed in a red, white and blue Mad Hatter-style hat, French website entrepreneur Bertrand Dilasser had set up an ad hoc toy stall to publicise products from an Internet vote to decide which Gallic gift to present to the child.
    He said: "This is just very impressive. As you can imagine we have nothing like this in France. I think it is right people should be excited. This is your future king or queen."
    Asked how he hoped to ensure the present from the French people - a guitar-shaped music box - was delivered to "le duc et la duchesse", he shrugged and said: "Maybe the French embassy can help."
    7/22/2013 1:30:32 PM
  • Kate has gone into labour at the same hospital where her husband Prince William was born, 31 years ago. Take a look at the pictures from 1982 compared with today
    by The Independent on Jul 22, 2013 at 1:32 PM

     
    7/22/2013 1:32:44 PM
  • 2.33 From Cahal Milmo outside St Mary's Hospital
    I've been talking to a few of the photographers from the world's media who are to be found standing five or six deep outside the Lindo Wing waiting for the moment when (or if) the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge choose to emerge at the front entrance with their child.
    In anticipation of the photo opportunity that most of them have already spent a week waiting outside St Mary's hospital for, the snappers have set up a forest of stepladders to enable them to rise above the TV cameras and get a decent shot. In the meantime they walk across the ladders, delivering coffees and gossip.
    Forget any notions about a paparazzi free-for-all. It might look like an explosion in a stepladder showroom but there is method to the madness.

    One photographer with a leading agency said: "It's actually all worked out quite precisely. The main agencies have an allocated space and the rest have worked out a system. We've got an agreement with the TV people that they'll take down their umbrellas when the moment comes so we all get a clear shot. If they don't it might get ugly. We've all been waiting a long time."
    7/22/2013 1:45:54 PM
  • 3.05pm: At York Minster, members of the public shouted "Congratulations" to the Prince of Wales who had been visiting the glaziers' workshops. He walked over to one woman, smiling, and said: "Do you know something I don't?"
    7/22/2013 2:05:51 PM
  • 3.07pm: Another well-wisher, John Dowson, from York, shouted: "It's triplets!", prompting a chuckling Charles to go over to him for a word. (PA)
    7/22/2013 2:06:58 PM
  • 3.17pm It seems unlikely considering the increasingly hysterical royal baby coverage that's been dominating  headlines of late, but one person woke up this morning to a stately surprise.. 

    7/22/2013 2:17:08 PM
  • 5.12pm BBC have apparently used the phrase the 'people's pregnancy' to describe the Duchess Of Cambridge going into labour. I'll leave that here.
    7/22/2013 4:11:56 PM
  • 8.42pm Royal baby: Timeline to the birth bit.ly
    7/22/2013 8:27:30 PM
  • An easel stands in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a baby boy (PA)

    7/22/2013 8:30:18 PM
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