An overjoyed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are waking up to their first full day as proud parents of a ‘beautiful’ baby boy, as Britain and much of the world continues to celebrate the birth of a future king.
The couple’s son was delivered at 4.24pm yesterday in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington weighing a bouncing 8lbs 6oz and with his proud father looking on.
Last night William slept there in a separate room to his wife and their little boy, and there is speculation that the family will leave for Kensington Palace together this afternoon.
Their prince's first night in the world was an eventful one, because London was hit with a number of violent thunderstorms after what had been the hottest day of the year so far.
The as yet unnamed baby will be given the title His Royal Highness and be known as Prince (Name) of Cambridge, after a decree by the Queen earlier this year.
The new prince is third in the line of succession, displacing Prince Harry to fourth and the Duke of York to fifth, although he may not become sovereign for half a century or more.
Recent legislation allowing female heirs to automatically accede to the throne if they are first born will clearly not affect the Cambridge’s son, but will have a bearing on any of his children.