Royal baby live: It's a boy! - Live coverage - The Independent

Royal baby live: It's a boy!

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

  • The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy at 4.24pm this afternoon. The baby, weighing 8lbs 6oz, is third in line to the throne. Kensington Palace said the Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. The Duchess and baby are expected to leave hospital on Tuesday.

    * FULL STORY: Baby boy born to Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
    * He's 1 in 2,000 born in the UK on the same day - but will know nothing of the poverty that will hit 1 in 3 of them
    * GRACE DENT: We've all had our special moment, now let Kate and Will have theirs
    * James is the favourite for bookies in the name game
    7/22/2013 9:25:41 AM
  • 11:24pm A royal baby sick bag, for those who just can't handle the fawning media coverage spooled out from some outlets. Here is IV drip's round up of five things we didn't need to know about the royal birth.

    by The Independent on Jul 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    7/22/2013 11:28:47 AM
  • 12:30pm Spurious press release #2: Using a cruelty-free baby blanket is a wonderful way to start a lifetime of compassion", says PETA....
    7/22/2013 11:30:55 AM
  • 12:32pm There really are no words.. 

    7/22/2013 11:32:52 AM

  • 7/22/2013 11:54:39 AM
  • 1:07pm The Duchess of Cambridge pub in Windsor is running a sweepstake on the time of the royal baby's birth and serving a new ale named Herr Raiser.
    7/22/2013 12:09:20 PM
  • 1.17pm The hospital's Lindo Wing is a private obstetric unit, with prices starting at just under £5,000 for a normal delivery package over 24 hours, with consultants' fees around £6,000 extra depending on the care required.
    7/22/2013 12:17:42 PM
  • 1.18pm It seems the other 'big news' is happening in Bury, where a woman was given a fine for taking her horse into a McDonald's restaurant after she was turned away from the drive-thru.
    7/22/2013 12:20:22 PM
  • 1.25pm MSN have dreamed up a novel activity for those who are bored of waiting for the sovereign sprog, with a template for printing your own royal baby.. 
    by The Independent on Jul 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    7/22/2013 12:25:55 PM
  • Press and public crowd every available inch outside the Lindo wing at St Mary's Hospital in London, where the Duchess is in labour (PA)

    7/22/2013 12:26:42 PM
  • Crowds have begun to gather outside Buckingham Palace in anticipation of the announcement. (Getty)

    7/22/2013 12:26:51 PM
  • The UK government and Buckingham Palace want any change in the rule of succession to be introduced throughout the realms. If there were different rules, that could lead in time to different members of the royal family succeeding in different countries
    1.33pm -
    7/22/2013 12:33:37 PM
  • 1.47pm Women in labour like the Duchess of Cambridge are likely be relieved their baby is finally on its way after coping with being pregnant in the middle of Britain's longest heatwave for seven years, a midwife has suggested.
    7/22/2013 12:48:07 PM
  • 1.52pm from Cahal Milmo outside St Mary's hospital

    As the crowd of media and well-wishers outside the hospital was swelled by curious office workers taking their lunch, proceedings were briefly enlivened by the arrival of a republican with a loudhailer. 
    Danny Shine, a professional singer and performance artist, stood outside the Lindo Wing and used a megaphone to question the fuss surrounding the royal birth, interrupting several live broadcasts by international television reporters.
    His protest was brought to a halt by police who pointed out he was on NHS property and was disturbing patients trying to sleep on wards above.
    Mr Shine said: "I just want people to question whether this person being born is any more special than the rest of us.
    "Why are we making all this fuss and spending all this money when disabled people are having their benefits taken away. I want to question the paradigm that is being presented to us."

    He added: "I like to do this sort of thing at other events and although I question the way we are policed I have to say they have been intelligent and made some good points. I am grateful I don't live in a country where I would be taken away for doing this."
    After moving to the other side of the street, apparently off NHS land, Mr Shine spoke briefly again through his loudhailer and left, explaining he had to collect his child from school.
    7/22/2013 12:54:02 PM
  • 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
  • 3.59pm The BBC’s Simon McCoy describes the rolling coverage of outside the Lindo wing

    "Plenty more to come from here of course, none of it news," he told viewers. "But that won't stop us, we'll see you later."

    The clip was uploaded onto YouTube by one viewer under the title 'Is this a spoof'?

    7/22/2013 3:02:34 PM
  • 4.10pm The Queen has arrived at Buckingham Palace. Her arrival represented the first real movement at the palace for some hours, as crowds packed five deep in anticipation of a royal announcement.
    7/22/2013 3:25:58 PM
  • 4.38pm The Duchess has planned for a natural birth and a few hours after she arrived at the private unit in Paddington, Kensington Palace said things were "progressing as normal".
    7/22/2013 3:38:14 PM
  • 4.38pm According to reports the palace has confirmed 'Kate went into labour naturally and things are progressing well'
    7/22/2013 3:39:04 PM
  • 4.40pm Crowd outside Buckingham Palace awaiting the announcement are having to contend with a blazing sun on the hottest day of the year. Temperatures have hit a sweaty 33C in some parts of London.
    7/22/2013 3:40:58 PM
  • 4.45pm The front page of the Independent's sister paper The London Evening Standard pictured outside the hospital. (AP)

    7/22/2013 3:45:29 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
  • 5.23pm Prince Charles at the National Railway Museum in York. One well-wisher heckled him during his visit shouting: "Congratulations Sir, it's triplets!" (PA)

    7/22/2013 4:22:46 PM
  • 5.25pm A boy finds some shade as he watches well-wishers gather at Buckingham Palace this afternoon (EPA).

    7/22/2013 4:25:20 PM
  • 8.01pm What awaits the royal baby's early years?
    7/22/2013 5:21:52 PM
  • 8.05pm: Kensington Palace announces the birth at 4.24pm of a baby boy to the royal couple
    7/22/2013 7:35:11 PM
  • 8.30pm FULL STORY: Baby boy born to Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
    7/22/2013 8:15:37 PM
  • 8.42pm Royal baby: Timeline to the birth
    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
  • 9.50pm Royal baby: He's 1 in 2,000 born in the UK on the same day - but will know nothing of the poverty that will hit 1 in 3 of them
    7/22/2013 8:56:46 PM
  • 9.55pm GRACE DENT: We've all had our special moment, now let Kate and Will have theirs
    7/22/2013 8:58:22 PM
  • Royal baby: Three heirs to the throne in line for first time - and the fact it's a boy avoids gender issue
    7/22/2013 9:23:02 PM
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