As I’m sure you already know, it’s a boy! Big congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
I wonder if William and Kate have the BBC on so they can get a wee peak at the stream of constant coverage? We know they watched some of their wedding on the news before heading to Buckingham Palace for their evening reception, so I’m guessing they’re turning it on at least for a little while. Plus, they MUST be able to hear some of the cheering and bell ringing and what not going on outside the hospital. How exciting.
Ok, let’ s recap the events of the day. Around 5:30 am this morning London time, Kate and William drove out of these Kensington Palace gates en route to the hospital. This photo was taken by our London-based Royal Poster two days ago:
The news first broke because two photographers spotted Kate and William arriving with their protection officers. Their take on what happened can be read here at The Standard. They decided to camp out by the back entrance last night in case something happened, but they promised each other that they wouldn’t take a picture of Kate. Kudos to them – they stuck by that decision. Pretty amazing.
While Kate and William were inside, the press waited and waited, really scraping the barrel to keep delivering news reports. It was getting pretty desperate for awhile. “Let’s recap again what the title will be….”
Meanwhile, as luck would have it my fellow Royal Poster was working just a couple of minutes away from the hospital today, and was able to walk over with the other “lookieloos and crazies” (as she put it) to check things out. She took this photo around noon:
There were some fun tidbits that came out of all the waiting. For example, Royal photographer Mark Stewart tweeted that there was a sighting of one of William’s PPO’s arriving back at the hospital with a bag of goodies from Marks & Spencer. Love that.
And then official details were released by Clarence House at around 8:30 PM London time. Notably, the announcement was released before the whole Buckingham Palace easel situation happened. The press release reads:
“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4:24pm. The baby weighs 8 lbs 6 ounces. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. The Queen, The Duke of Edimburgh, The Prince of Wals, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry & families have been told and are delighted. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight. The medical staff present were Mr Marcus Setchell, Surgeon-Gynaecologist, Mr Guy Thorpe-Beeston, Obstetrician and Dr Sunit Godambe, Consultant Neonatologist at St. Mary’s Hospital.The names of the baby will be announced in due course. The baby is third in the line of succession after His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge. He is styled His Royal Highness Prince [name] of Cambridge.”
A delay before the announcement was needed to allow time for the news to be first shared with the Queen and other dignitaries. No doubt Kate and William also wanted some time to just have the news to themselves. That seems very William-like to keep everyone guessing! So really, by the time everything was announced they were getting the news out in time for the whole easel reveal to happen before it got too dark out:
The announcement was placed on the easel by the Queen’s Press Secretary and a footman. She really took her time making sure that the announcement was placed just right. Good thing she recently got a manicure, since there was a live feed on her hands for quite awhile as she adjusted this and adjusted that. Quite something.
A close up:
And then just a few moments ago Prince Charles released this very sweet statement:
“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy.
Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”
This is the team that helped deliver the baby leaving the hospital for the night. That’s Marcus Setchell, the Queen’s surgeon-gynaecologist, in the middle. I’m thinking he chose to wear a pink shirt with a blue tie on purpose. Just look at his expression. He totally did!
William won’t be making an appearance on the Lindo Wing steps tonight, because he’s staying at the hospital with Kate. That’s a first; Prince Charles went home for night back when William was born.
Here’s some great footage of Charles arriving the morning after William’s birth, along with a slew of visitors including Diana’s parents, her sister Lady Jane Fellowes, and the Queen. It’s kind of amazing how casual Charles and Earl Spencer were sauntering over to chat with the press. Can’t imagine that’ll be happening tomorrow with Carol and Michael Middleton.
So far, no news on the name other than to say that it will be revealed “in due course”, which incidentally is EXACTLY what Charles said when talking to the press in the video above. As has widely been reported, Prince William’s name was revealed a whole week after he was born, so let’s hope that Kate and William will have everything decided tomorrow morning 🙂
By the way, the name ‘James’ keeps popping up as a clear favourite and I’d be all over that, but Prince William has a first cousin named James (Prince Edward’s son Viscount Severn is named James) so I really don’t think they will go that route. Our post on our best guesses for a prince can be found here if you’re in the mood for more. I was so sure we had a little future Queen on our hands that I’m still stumped on what the name will be. Louis? I think I’m going with Louis…
We shall see how things go tomorrow. Maybe they’ll be ready to head home or to Kate’s parent’s house and we’ll have a moment like this one: