A boy destined to become King was born yesterday with the announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge had given birth to a son.
The long-awaited news came in an official statement at around 8.30pm when it was confirmed that the new arrival was born at 4.24pm, weighing 8lb 6oz.
The baby’s grandparents Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cambridge are set to visit Bridlington and Burton Fleming this morning.
The Prince of Wales, who had spent the day touring Yorkshire, issued a brief 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.”
Charles and Camilla will visit Burton Fleming this morning, before moving on to visit The Spa, Bridlington Harbour, Fish and Chips at 149 and Bridlington Priory.
Well-wishers, who had been gathered outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London for hours alongside the ranks of waiting journalists, photographers and camera crews, let out a cheer as the news was confirmed.
In a statement, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they “could not be happier”.
William was at Kate’s hospital bedside as she gave birth. Mother and baby were “both doing well”, said Kensington Palace.
The Duke was spending the night with his wife as they bonded with their new son.
William telephoned his family to tell them the good news, speaking to the Queen, his father Charles and younger brother Prince Harry.
The baby becomes the Queen’s third great-grandchild but is her first great-grandson and is third-in-line for the throne.
He will be the 43rd sovereign since William the Conqueror if, as expected, he follows reigns by Charles then William.
Confirmation of the royal birth arrived at the Palace by car in the form of an official statement, carried by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Press secretary.
Shortly afterwards, the Queen’s Press secretary Ailsa Anderson strode out onto Buckingham Palace’s forecourt to place an official notice on its ornate stand which was previously used to announce the birth of William in 1982.
The document had four signatures, the first being that of the Queen’s gynaecologist, Marcus Setchell, who led the medical team that delivered Kate’s baby. He said “wonderful baby, beautiful baby” as he left the Lindo Wing at around 9.20pm.
Kensington Palace said: “The names of the baby will be announced in due course.”
Bookmakers made George and James the favourites for the new prince’s name although Henry, the given name of the William’s brother Prince Harry, is also in the running.