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Kate Middleton and Prince William have named their third child Louis Arthur Charles.

Prince Louis was born on April 23 at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London, weighing 8lb 7oz.

According to a statement issued by Kensington Palace, Kate Middleton and Prince William’s second son would be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge (pronounced Lou-ee, not Lou-iss).

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Royal Baby No. 3: Kate Middleton Gives Birth to Second Baby Boy

Prince Louis is fifth in line to the throne.

Louis is also one of the middle names of Prince William and of the new prince’s older brother, George.

It was also the first name of Lord Mountbatten – his great-great-great uncle – who was killed by the IRA in 1979.

Lord Mountbatten had a strong influence in the upbringing of great-nephew Prince Charles and was described by the latter as “the grandfather I never had”.

Arthur is also one of Prince William’s middle names, and was a middle name of King George VI – Queen Elizabeth’s father.

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Kensington Palace has issued an appeal to world media not to publish unauthorized images of Prince George as paparazzi harassment of the third in line to the UK throne has increased and photographers’ tactics are becoming increasingly dangerous.

Some paparazzi had gone to “extreme lengths” to take pictures and “a line has been crossed”, the palace said.

It wants to “inform discussion” on unauthorized photography of children.

The Kensington Palace said a small number of media organizations, mostly in Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand and the US, had published photos of two-year-old Prince George in “unacceptable circumstances”.

However, it said the “vast majority”, and all UK publications, had refused.

The palace says in recent months, photographers have:

  • Used long range lenses to photograph Kate Middleton playing with her son in private parks
  • Monitored the movements of Prince George and his nanny around London parks, as well as the movements of other household staff
  • Photographed the children of private individuals visiting Prince William and Kate Middleton’s home
  • Pursued cars leaving family homes
  • Used other children to draw Prince George into view around playgrounds
  • Hidden on private property in fields and woodland locations around Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Norfolk home
  • Obscured themselves in sand dunes on a rural beach to take photos of Prince George playing with his grandmother
  • Placed locations near the home of Kate Middleton’s parents in Berkshire under steady surveillance

The palace said the most recent incident, which was last week, involved a photographer who was discovered by police lying down in the boot of a rented car attempting to shoot photos outside a children’s play area.

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Kensington Palace tweeted: “The Duke and Duchess want to extend their thanks for the kind and supportive messages they have received in recent months.

“They have been delighted to share photos of their children and will continue to do so in the months and years ahead.

“Yet undercover paparazzi continue to pursue their children, selling images of Prince George to international publications.”

In the published letter, Kensington Palace communications secretary Jason Knauf said Prince George had become the paparazzi’s “number one target”.

He said: “It is of course upsetting that such tactics – reminiscent as they are of past surveillance by groups intent on doing more than capturing images – are being deployed to profit from the image of a two-year-old boy.

“In a heightened security environment such tactics are a risk to all involved.

“The worry is that it will not always be possible to quickly distinguish between someone taking photos and someone intending to do more immediate harm.”

Jason Knauf said Prince William and Kate Middleton wanted Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte “to be free to play in public and semi-public spaces with other children without being photographed”.

They want to give their children a childhood that is “free from harassment and surveillance”, he said.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “The covert actions of photographers have at times caused concerns during police protection operations when they have been considered a possible security threat.

“Photographers are potentially putting themselves at risk from armed intervention where our armed officers perceive a risk to the personal safety of their principal, the public and themselves.”

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Princess Charlotte will be christened on Sunday, July 5, at a ceremony attended by Queen Elizabeth II and other senior members of the Royal Family in Norfolk.

Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will appear as a family of four in public for the first time at the baptism.

Other guests will include the Prince Charles and Camilla Bowels as well as Kate Middleton’s parents.

The ceremony will take place at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.

The baptism, conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Welby, will be held in private.

Members of the public will be allowed into the area outside the church – known as the paddock – to see Princess Charlotte and other royals arrive and depart.

Charlotte’s godparents will be announced ahead of the service.Princess Charlotte christening 2015

Other guests will include the Duke of Edinburgh and Kate Middleton’s two siblings – Pippa and James Middleton.

Like Prince George, Princess Charlotte will be christened in a replica of the lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, the princess royal, in 1841.

Princess Charlotte will be christened using the ornate silver gilt Lily Font which is usually on show as part of the crown jewels at the Tower of London.

Norfolk police are expecting large crowds near the 16th century church and have urged people to arrive early for the opening of the paddock gates at 15:00 BST. The ceremony is due to start at 16:30.

Anyone bringing flowers will be asked to give them to representatives of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, where Kate Middleton is a patron, who will then take them to hospices in the region.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The duke and duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received since Princess Charlotte’s birth – many of them from local people in Norfolk – and are delighted the paddock can be opened on the day of the christening.”

Prince Harry will be among those missing from the ceremony. He is currently spending three months in Africa.

St Mary Magdalene is the church used by Queen Elizabeth when she is resident on her private estate.

Archbishop Welby will give an address. He will be supported by The Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere, the Rector of the Sandringham group of parishes.

Mario Testino has been asked by Prince William and Kate Middleton to take the official photographs after the service.

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Norfolk Police is distributing letters warning the media not to harass Prince William and Kate Middleton and their family after the royal couple returned to Anmer Hall, their home on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, with newborn Princess Charlotte on May 6.

The letter asks photographers respect Prince William and Kate Middleton’s privacy after “a number of intrusions” by people with long lenses.

It says it hopes “acts of harassment and breaches of privacy” cease.

Norfolk Police confirmed it was distributing letters on behalf of the royal couple.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have been staying at Kensington Palace since the birth of Princess Charlotte on May 2 but travelled to Norfolk on May 6.

The three-paragraph letter from the royal couple’s communications secretary is being distributed outside Sandringham by Norfolk Police.Princess Charlotte at Anmer Hall

The letter says members of the Royal Family and their guests “have a more than reasonable expectation of privacy” while in the private estate.

“There have in the past been a number of intrusions into the privacy of the Royal Family which in the main have been as a result of professional photographers using long-distance lenses, not only to observe the Royal Family, but also to photograph them going about their activities on the estate,” the letter says, adding that previous warnings given to photographers had helped the situation.

“The Sandringham Estate trusts that there will not be a need to take any further action other than bringing these points to your attention.”

Anmer Hall, a Georgian mansion, is about 2 miles east of the Queen’s residence and dates back to about 1800, although some parts are much older.

It has recently been refurbished and now boasts a new kitchen and roof.

A garden room and quarters for the family’s full-time nanny – who will also care for 21-month-old Prince George – was also created during the improvements.

The majority of the work at Anmer Hall was paid for by the Royal Family from private funds.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have formally registered the birth of Princess Charlotte on Tuesday, May 5th, Kensington Palace has revealed.Princess Charlotte birth certificate

Prince William signed register at Kensington Palace witnessed by a Registrar from Westminster Register Office.

Princess Charlotte, who was born overdue on May 2 at 8.34am, weighing 8lbs 3oz, is fourth in line to the British throne.

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Queen Elizabeth II has arrived at Kensington Palace to meet her new great-granddaughter, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second child, Princess Charlotte.

Princess Charlotte, who is fourth in line to the throne, was born on May 2nd at London’s St Mary’s Hospital, weighing 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).Princess Charlotte royal baby

Kensington Palace revealed the newborn princess had been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana on May 4th.

Queen Elizabeth and other senior royals were told of the princess’ name before the announcement was made public.

Princess Charlotte was visited by her grandparents on Sunday, May 3rd.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla spent more than an hour with their new granddaughter.

Kate Middleton’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and sister Pippa have also met Princess Charlotte.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William’s new baby daughter has been visited by family members at Kensington Palace.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla spent more than an hour with their new granddaughter.

Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and her sister Pippa also met the princess.

The princess, who is fourth in line to the throne, was delivered at 08:34 BST on May 2nd at St Mary’s Hospital in London, and weighed 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).Royal baby princess meets family members

Prince William and Kate Middleton will spend the next few days at Kensington Palace; afterwards they are expected to travel to their country home Anmer Hall on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The duke and duchess are hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people all over the world. It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.

“Their Royal Highnesses were visited by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Mr. and Mrs. Middleton, and Pippa Middleton.”

Prince Harry, who narrowly missed the princess’s birth after returning to Australia to finish his secondment to the country’s military, said she was “absolutely beautiful” and he could not wait to meet her.

The name of the newborn princess – sister to Prince George – will not be announced on Sunday, May 3rd.

Bookmakers say Charlotte and Alice have emerged as the favorite names for the princess, followed by Olivia, Victoria and Elizabeth.

The arrival of a new royal baby is expected to boost visitor numbers to London, according to tourist chiefs.

VisitLondon.com is predicting that the British capital will welcome nearly 32million UK and overseas tourists this year – well up on the 29.1 million total achieved in 2013 – the year Prince George was born.Royal baby princess and London tourism

The year of 2013 was a record-breaking one for London, with almost 17 million overseas visits made to the capital.

Gordon Innes, chief executive of London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional company which runs VisitLondon.com, said: “While it’s impossible to quantify the effect the birth of a new royal baby will have on the number of tourists visiting London, it’s clear that London’s tourism is going from strength the strength, and its royal connections and attractions are key drivers that attract people from the UK and abroad to the capital.”

The royal princess, who is fourth in line to the throne and second child of Kate Middleton and Prince William, was delivered at 08:34 BST on Saturday, May 2nd, at St Mary’s Hospital in London, and weighed 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).

Just hours after the birth of the new royal princess on Saturday, May 2nd, messages of congratulations for Kate Middleton and Prince William keep pouring on.Royal baby princess Barack Obama

The newest royal member came to the world at 8.34 BST at St, Mary’s Hospital in London, weighing 8lb 3 oz.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle have extended their best wishes to second-time parents Prince William and Kate Middleton.

In a statement from the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama wished the duke and duchess “much joy and happiness on the occasion of the arrival of the newest member of their family”.

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London landmarks turned pink on Saturday night to mark the birth of the new royal princess.

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s second child, who is fourth in line to the throne, was delivered at 08:34 BST on May 2nd at St Mary’s Hospital in London, and weighed 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).Royal princess pink Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge was among several London landmarks lit up in pink in the new princess’ honor.

Trafalgar Square’s fountains and the London Eye were also illuminated on Saturday night to mark the birth.

On May4th, the princess’s birth will be marked by gun salutes in Hyde Park and the Tower of London.

Soldiers from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will ride out in procession from Wellington Barracks, near Buckingham Palace to sound 41 shots in the park at 14:00 BST.

A 62 Gun Salute by the Honourable Artillery Company will take place at the Tower of London at the same time.

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The newborn royal princess has spent her first night at Kensington Palace.

The name of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s second child – sister to Prince George – could be announced later and members of the Royal Family and the Duchess’s parents may visit.

The princess, who is fourth in line to the throne, was delivered at 08:34 BST on May 2nd at St Mary’s Hospital in London, and weighed 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).

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Tower Bridge was among several London landmarks lit up in pink in the new princess’ honor.

Trafalgar Square’s fountains and the London Eye were also illuminated on Saturday night to mark the birth.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will spend the next few days at Kensington Palace before they are expected to travel to their country home Anmer Hall on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

Bookmakers have said Charlotte and Alice have emerged as the favorite names for the princess, followed by Olivia, Victoria and Elizabeth.

A spokeswoman for Ladbrokes said: “We’ve never known a day of royal speculation like it. Charlotte is the new favorite, but Olivia is the name on the nation’s lips.”

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According to new reports, Kate Middleton may not go in to labor until as late as May 5th.

Originally the Duchess of Cambridge was said to be due on April 20, and reporters and fans have been waiting at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington since April 15 for the birth of the new baby, but it looks like they could be waiting another week.

While Buckingham Palace has not confirmed an official due date for Kate Middleton, 33, the Duchess previously revealed she was due to welcome her baby in “mid-tolate April”.Kate Middleton labor 2015

When the second baby does arrive, the announcement will not mimic Prince George’s arrival in 2013.

While Prince George’s arrival was announced via a press release and an official proclamation, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second child will make his/her grand entrance on social media.

After sending out an initial press release, the palace will reportedly announce the gender, the time of birth and the weight of the baby on @KensingtonRoyal on Twitter.

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Asked when she is expecting, Kate Middleton said her baby is not due until late April.

The Duchess of Cambridge said at a children’s center last month: “I’m due mid-April, to the end of April. Not long to go now.”

However, according to an unconfirmed report, Kate Middleton has been told her due date is April 25, The Telegraph reported.

Her final public engagements before she gives birth were carried out on March 27 in South London, suggesting late April is more likely than mid-April.Kate Middleton second baby due date

Other sources suggested that Kate Middleton’s due date was April 23, meaning she is already several days overdue and could be discussing the possibility of being induced with her doctors.

The royal baby could arrive on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s fourth wedding anniversary, on April 29.

Kate Middleton announced her second pregnancy on September 8, and there have been several clues that suggest a brother or sister for Prince George may not arrive until the end of April or even the beginning of May.

Kensington Palace announced the month of Kate Middleton’s due date on October 20, 2014, suggesting the Duchess had reached the 12-week stage of her pregnancy shortly before that date.

That would mean that Kate Middleton had been due to give birth around April 20.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have announced details of their son’s christening.

Prince George will be christened on Wednesday, October 23, at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace – just over three months after his birth.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, will perform the christening.

Prince George, who was born on July 22 at St Mary’s Hospital in London, is third in line to the UK’s throne.

The Kensington Palace said in a statement: “Their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce the christening of Prince George will take place on Wednesday, 23rd October at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.

“Prince George will be christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.”

Prince George will be christened on Wednesday, October 23, at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace

Prince George will be christened on Wednesday, October 23, at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace

As the Chapel Royal is small and would only accommodate close family and a few others.

In 1997 the coffin of Prince William’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales, lay before the chapel’s altar before her funeral in Westminster Abbey.

Princess Beatrice was the last royal baby to be christened in the Chapel Royal in December 1988.

Prince William was christened at Buckingham Palace in August 1982 by Dr. Robert Runcie, then the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The current Archbishop later spoke of his joy at being asked to conduct the christening.

The Most Reverend Justin Welby said: “I am delighted to be invited to conduct the baptism of His Royal Highness Prince George.

“It is a great privilege and honor and will without doubt be an occasion of immense joy and celebration.

“I am looking forward to welcoming him into the family of the church.”

Prince George will be christened in a replica of the intricate lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, the Princess Royal, in 1841.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex’s son Viscount Severn became the first royal baby to wear the new robe at his christening in 2008.

Earlier, Kensington Palace announced that a new coat of arms had been chosen to represent Prince William and Kate Middleton as a married couple.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have named their baby son George Alexander Louis.

When the baby rules the kingdom, perhaps not for half a century or more, he will be King George VII. Until then, he will be known formally as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

Prince William and Kate Middleton came to a relatively quick decision yesterday about the hugely anticipated name. George had long been the favorite, with bookmakers shortening the odds in recent days.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have named their baby son George Alexander Louis

Prince William and Kate Middleton have named their baby son George Alexander Louis

While there will be much speculation as to the inspiration behind the names, the Kensington Palace officials were quick to insist it was simply “because they liked them – no more no less”.

According to reports, Prince William and Kate Middleton had already decided by the time they introduced the Queen to her heir – and third great-grandchild – at Kensington Palace yesterday morning.

There is no royal protocol which dictates the sovereign must be given approval, but it is believed the couple discussed their choice with the Queen during their 30-minute meeting.

They then told other members of their immediate family before making the news public at 6.15 p.m.

A statement issued by their office at Kensington Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis.

“The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.”

It took only two days for the name to be released, compared with seven when Prince William was born in 1982.

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The royal baby was taken to see his grandparents on his first afternoon out today as it was revealed the Queen and Prince Harry have now met Baby Cambridge for the first time.

Kate Middleton and Prince William smiled broadly and waved from their car as they were driven away from Kensington Palace by security, where they had spent their first night together as a family.

The royal couple looked happy and fresh-faced, with Prince William sitting in the front passenger seat and Kate Middleton in the back with their child in his baby seat.

The royal baby was taken to see his grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton on his first afternoon out

The royal baby was taken to see his grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton on his first afternoon out

They left their west London home shortly after the Queen had visited her new great-grandson and potentially discussed names with the parents, as the guessing game over what he will be called continues.

Kensington Palace officials would not confirm where the young family were going this afternoon, but their black Land Rover was later seen arriving at grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton’s mansion in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

The Queen, who will travel to Balmoral for her summer holiday on Friday, spent 30 minutes with the Duke, Duchess and Baby Cambridge from 11am.

It has also emerged that Prince Harry, who is said to be thrilled to have become an uncle, may have been there last night after the trio left hospital, having raced back to London from Wattisham airbase in Suffolk where he is on duty with the RAF.

It is understood that James Middleton and Pippa Middleton were also at Kensington Palace yesterday evening.

Prince Philip has yet to meet the child, but he and the Queen will be heading to Balmoral on Friday and it is understood that Kate Middleton and Prince William may take the royal baby there for a long weekend this summer.

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Queen Elizabeth II has paid a visit to her new great-grandson, the son of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The half-hour visit to Kensington Palace came after Prince William, Kate Middleton and the royal baby spent their first night at home.

They left St Mary’s Hospital in west London on Tuesday evening, where Prince William told reporters they were yet to name the third in line to the throne.

The Queen visited without her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, as he continues to recover from abdominal surgery.

She made the short journey from Buckingham Palace in a dark green Bentley.

The private meeting comes as the monarch prepares to leave for Balmoral in Scotland on Friday, where she has her traditional summer break.

The Queen had said she was “thrilled” at the arrival of her third great-grandchild during a reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening.

Louise Butt, a guest at the event for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, said the monarch had also described the baby as a “big boy” and had said that “the first born is very special”.

There has been no word yet from the duke, who is expected to take about two months to convalesce following exploratory abdominal surgery last month.

The Queen was not the first to meet the royal baby prince.

Queen Elizabeth II has paid a visit to her new great-grandson, the son of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Queen Elizabeth II has paid a visit to her new great-grandson, the son of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince Charles and Camilla, and Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, paid visits to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Later that day, Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton, accompanied by boyfriend Nico Jackson, went to Kensington Palace to meet her day-old nephew.

Prince Charles said the baby was “marvelous” while Carole Middleton said he was “absolutely beautiful”.

Prince William was at the hospital for the birth at 16:24 BST on Monday, and stayed with his wife and son, who weighed 8lb 6oz (3.8kg), overnight.

They left at 19:15 BST on Tuesday – just under 27 hours after the baby’s arrival.

Kate Middleton and Prince William described becoming parents as “very emotional”.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said on Wednesday it was “now private and quiet time for them to get to know their son”.

Although the couple have yet to decide on a name it is known that the newest royal will be known as HRH Prince (name) of Cambridge.

George is the bookmakers’ favorite for the first name of the prince, who is destined to be king one day. James and Alexander are among other names on a short price.

Royal fans waited seven days before the name of a newborn Prince William was announced in 1982, and there was a wait of a month following the Prince Charles’s birth in 1948.

All births in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, regardless of parentage, must be registered within 42 days at the hospital or a local register office.

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For her first public appearance as a mother, Kate Middleton chose an elegant pale blue polka dot dress made specially for her by Jenny Packham, one of her favorite designers.

Last night the Jenny Packham website appeared to have crashed after the word got out that Kate Middleton had worn the empire-line crepe de chine design.

Demand for Kate Middleton's blue polka dot dress crashed Jenny Packham's website

Demand for Kate Middleton’s blue polka dot dress crashed Jenny Packham’s website

Initial reports on Twitter had suggested the dress was from Jenny Packham’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, leading many shoppers to believe it might available to buy online.

Last night a spokesman for the British designer confirmed that the dress was a one-off creation for Kate Middleton’s long-awaited appearance on the steps of the Lindo Wing.

Asked whether there had also been a pink version made in case the royal baby turned out to be a girl Jenny Packham said: “I couldn’t possibly comment.”

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For the mothers watching around the world as Kate Middleton walked out on to the steps of the Lindo Wing to present the royal baby yesterday, the real delight was her “mummy tummy”.

That neat bump was the only thing which gave away the fact Kate Middleton had given birth to an 8lb 6oz boy just a day earlier.

And the glowing duchess clearly felt no need to hide it, a decision praised immediately by mothers’ groups.

Netmums founder Siobhan Freegard said Kate Middleton had dispelled the “myth that all mothers should be perfect postpartum”.

“In a couple of minutes on the steps of the Lindo Wing Kate has done more for new mums’ self-esteem than any other role model,” she said.

“Sadly, too many celebrities often have ultra-fast tummy tucks or strap themselves down to emerge in tiny size six jeans, leaving everyone else feeling inadequate.

“Kate shows what a real mum looks like – and natural is beautiful.”

She continued: “Undoubtedly over the coming weeks the duchess will work hard to regain her figure, but tonight she’s proved herself a healthy role model for real mums around the world.”

Many mothers took to Mumsnet to share their delight, describing Kate Middleton as a “role model” for showing off her mummy tummy.

One user wrote: “Oh just so lovely … I think she is fantastically brave to not hide her post birth shape. What a great role model she is.”

That neat bump was the only thing which gave away the fact Kate Middleton had given birth to an 8lb 6oz boy just a day earlier

That neat bump was the only thing which gave away the fact Kate Middleton had given birth to an 8lb 6oz boy just a day earlier

A second wrote: “I loved that Kate didn’t hide her remaining bump. That is what a postnatal woman looks like folks!”

Another added: “They both looked fab, and I was also impressed that she didn’t hide the belly, good for her!”

Twitter was also dominated by women praising Kate Middleton for refusing to hide her figure.

Stacey Cook said: “Nice to see Kate still has a mummy tummy! Not like these skinny celebs who come out stick thin.”

Ju Lincoln wrote: “Beautiful royal baby and lovely to see that Kate still has a mummy tummy like all us normal women … I’m still trying to lose mine!”

Kate Middleton, whose style over the last nine months has already become a by-word for pregnancy chic, did not disappoint with her choice of dress. Her bespoke blue polka-dot Jenny Packham frock looked cool and chic, its empire line cut perfectly displaying her “mummy tummy”.

Her choice of print seemed to be a nod to the dress worn by Princess Diana on the day she left hospital with Prince William in 1982.

Diana posed on the same steps with her first-born son, wearing a green polka dot dress.

But where Princess Diana appeared nervous and bewildered by the attention – and was said to have burst into tears as soon as she got in the car – the radiant duchess smiled broadly and spoke assuredly to the ranks of camera crews.

While Prince Charles wore a formal pinstripe suit and tie, Prince William opted for a casual shirt, the blue perfectly matching his wife’s dress.

And, naturally for this very hands-on new father, the sleeves were rolled up.

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Kate Middleton made her first appearance as a mother as she presented the royal baby to the waiting crowds on the steps of the Lindo Wing today.

As one of the most scrutinized women in the world – and at this most high profile of moments with all the world watching – Kate Middleton would have labored over her outfit choice today.

Kate Middleton made her first appearance as a mother as she presented the royal baby to the waiting crowds on the steps of the Lindo Wing

Kate Middleton made her first appearance as a mother as she presented the royal baby to the waiting crowds on the steps of the Lindo Wing

In the event, Kate Middleton chose a crepe de chine polka dot dress by Jenny Packham – a designer she has turned to on multiple occasions for public events – which was made bespoke for her.

The cornflower blue was a nod, no doubt, to her baby’s gender – the same gesture made by her mother during her own visit earlier in the day.

Kate Middleton cradled the baby as she stood alongside Prince William, her husband wrapping a protective arm around her waist before taking the infant into his own arms.

“We’re still working on a name,” Prince William told the assembled Press.

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Penelope Cruz has welcomed her second child – a baby daughter – on the same day as the Royal baby.

Penelope Cruz, 39, already has a two-year-old son, Leonardo, with husband Javier Bardem.

Penelope Cruz has welcomed her second child, a baby daughter

Penelope Cruz has welcomed her second child, a baby daughter

While the Royals are expected to let the public know about their child, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are notoriously private and kept the details of their first child under wraps as long as possible.

Penelope Cruz recently said of her children: “I want my son and my kids – if I have more – to grow up in a way that is as anonymous as possible. The fact that his father and I have chosen to do the work we do doesn’t give anybody the right to invade our privacy.”

The actress was last seen just a couple of days ago when she looked ready to pop.

On Saturday she even attended a concert in Madrid despite looking heavily pregnant and so close to her due date.

Ahead of the gig Penelope Cruz was seen walking along with Javier Bardem as they headed for a bite to eat while her huge bump hung over her jeans.

The actress, who was thought to be due to give birth back in June, then looked as if she was ready to welcome her second child at any moment as her stomach swelled against her T-shirt at the Los Veranos de la Villa Music Festival.

Penelope Cruz and husband Javier Bardem – who had been friends for years – started dating in 2007 and married in early July 2010 in an intimate ceremony at a friend’s home in the Bahamas.

The royal baby left hospital with his parents, who revealed they had not yet chosen him a name.

Prince William and Kate Middleton waved and smiled broadly to the waiting cameras as they held their prince on the steps of the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London, 26 hours after he was delivered, weighing 8lbs 6oz.

Kate Middleton said: “It’s been very emotional. Any parent will know what this feeling is like.”

Prince William had followed the steps his parents Charles and Diana took with him 31 years ago, when he was born there on June 21, 1982.

“He’s a big boy, quite heavy. We’re still working on a name,” he told reporters.

“Well he has a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure.”

Confirming that the prince was overdue, the Duke said: “I will remind him of his tardiness when he is older.”

With a huge smile Prince William then added: “He’s got her looks thankfully.” to which Kate Middleton responded: “No, no, no I’m not sure about that.”

The royal baby left hospital with his parents, who revealed they had not yet chosen him a name

The royal baby left hospital with his parents, who revealed they had not yet chosen him a name

The royal baby is now 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.

Prince William, Kate Middleton and Baby Cambridge will travel home to Kensington Palace tonight, spending two weeks there while the Duke is on paternity leave.

Huge crowds of well-wishers and journalists from all over the world have been waiting outside the west London hospital ward for weeks, first to be there when Kate Middleton went into labor and now as the couple left with her firstborn child.

Meanwhile, this evening the Queen told guests at a Buckingham Palace reception she was “thrilled” at the birth of her great-grandson.

Earlier the royal baby’s grandparents met him for the first time, and soon afterwards Kensington Palace confirmed the Duke, Duchess and baby would leave this evening.

Kate Middleton’s sister Pippa is said to be there waiting for her.

Soon afterwards Kensington Palace confirmed: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will be discharged this evening.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son will travel home to Kensington Palace.

“Their Royal Highnesses would like to reiterate their thanks to the hospital for the care and treatment they have all received.”

Earlier Carole Middleton described her grandson, the future king, as ‘absolutely beautiful’ after she and her husband visited him.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents said their first grandchild is “absolutely beautiful” and his parents are coping “fabulously”.

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The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company carried out the ceremonial of gun salutes to mark the birth of the royal baby.

Gun salutes are fired for the birth of every prince or princess, no matter where their place is in the line of succession. The last royal salute for a birth was for Princess Eugenie in 1990.
The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, wearing full dress uniform, paraded past Buckingham Palace on the way to Green Park, where they staged a 41-gun royal salute.
They went from their forward mounting base in Wellington Barracks into Green Park, where 71 horses pulled six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns into position for the royal salute at 2 p.m.
Each of the six guns fired blank artillery rounds at 10-second intervals until a total of 41 shots were fired. The horses and riders then collected the guns and escorted them back to Wellington Barracks.
Major Mark Edward, commanding officer of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, said: “The opportunity to mark the birth of the child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by firing a 41-gun royal salute, comes as a huge honor for the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.”
The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), the City of London’s Army Reserve Regiment, also fired a 62-gun salute from Gun Wharf at the Tower of London at 2 p.m.
Whilst a royal gun salute normally comprises 21 guns, this is increased to 41 if fired from a royal park or residence.
Uniquely, at the Tower of London, which is a royal residence, 62 rounds are fired as this also includes an additional 21 guns for the citizens of the City of London to show their loyalty to the monarch.
Bells also sounded at Westminster Abbey in celebration of the royal birth, with the three ringers having performed the same task for the new Prince’s father more than 30 years ago.

Royal Artillery sound series of gun salutes to mark the birth of the royal baby

Royal Artillery sound series of gun salutes to mark the birth of the royal baby

When Prince William was born in June 1982, Clarke Walters helped ring a peal at the iconic church in central London in honor of the newest member of the royal family.
Clarke Walters said it was ‘wonderful’ to now be performing the peal for Prince William’s own baby son.
He also rang the celebratory bells for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding at the Abbey two years ago.
A team of 10 from the Westminster Abbey Company of Ringers rang a full peal on the Abbey’s 10 bells from 2pm to coincide with the gun salute in Green Park.
The complex peal is made of 5,000 changes, and known as the Cambridge Surprise Royal and lasts for over three hours.
Clarke Walters said: “It’s always a great honor to ring at the Abbey especially for a big occasion like this one. It’s a bit of a thrill even though I’ve been ringing for more than 30 years.
“I do love the connection that three of us rang the peal for William’s birth, the same three were in the wedding peal and the same three are here today. That’s a nice link back to William.”
Celebrations are not confined to London, as all of Her Majesty’s ships – in home or international waters – are flying the Royal Navy Ensign flag from their mast to mark the birth of the prince.
HMS Lancaster, deployed on a patrol task in the Caribbean, added its own congratulatory message to the Duke and Duchess, spelling out “It’s A Boy!” on the deck of the ship.
Staff from RAF Valley, where Prince William serves as a search and rescue pilot, were among the first to offer their congratulations.
Station commander Group Captain Adrian Hill sent a congratulatory message to the couple on behalf of the RAF Valley.
“We’re all delighted to learn that Flight Lieutenant Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge are now proud parents of a new-born son,” he said.
“We wish them all the very best for the future. From everyone at RAF Valley, congratulations.”
The Ministry of Defence said other units connected to Prince William also marked the birth, including the Army regiment he was commissioned into from Sandhurst, the Household Cavalry, which is partly deployed in Afghanistan.
The Irish Guards, of which Prince William is the colonel, toasted the birth with a traditional glass of Irish stout at their barracks in Aldershot and at bases in London.
Kate Middleton visited the battalion this year and last year to present shamrocks to all ranks on St Patrick’s Day, a role carried out for many years by a female member of the Royal Family.
Trafalgar Square’s famous fountains were lit with blue lights last night and London mayor Boris Johnson said they will be lit for the next six days in celebration of the royal birth.
Westminster City Council celebrated the announcement of the baby boy’s birth with blue lighting in the fountains in Marble Arch and the Golden Jubilee Bridge. They will remain lit up until midnight tonight.

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Carole and Michael Middleton are the first visitors to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the birth of their son.

Kate Middleton and Prince William earlier thanked hospital staff for their “tremendous” care.

It is understood the family will leave hospital on Tuesday evening or on Wednesday morning.

Gun salutes in Green Park and the Tower of London and the ringing of bells at Westminster Abbey have marked the birth of the third in line to the throne.

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute in Green Park at 14:00 BST, after riding past Buckingham Palace.

At the same time, the Honourable Artillery Company – the City of London’s army reserve regiment – fired a 62-gun salute from Gun Wharf at the Tower of London.

Carole and Michael Middleton are the first visitors to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the birth of their son

Carole and Michael Middleton are the first visitors to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the birth of their son

Meanwhile, the church bells of Westminster Abbey, where William and Catherine were married in April 2011, began ringing out – a celebration set to last for three hours.

Carole and Michael Middleton arrived at private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, in Paddington, west London, by taxi shortly after 15:00 BST.

They were greeted by its lead clinician, Jonathan Ramsay, and paused briefly on the steps for the mass of photographers gathered outside before going inside.

Prince William was at the hospital for the birth at 16:24 BST on Monday, and stayed with his wife and son overnight.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: “Mother, son and father are all doing well.”

The couple said: “We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received.
“We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone – staff, patients and visitors – for their understanding during this time.”

Prince William had earlier said the couple “could not be happier” following the birth of the 8lb 6oz boy.

There has been no word yet on what Kate Middleton and Prince William plan to name the royal baby.

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It appears James is a clear favorite for the name of the little Prince among the betting public.

At 2/1, James overtook the earlier leader among boys’ names, George, which is now 5/1 as is Henry – Prince Harry’s real name.

Most punters had clearly expected a girl, with Alexandra the favorite at 7/4.

Bookmakers Coral said the royal birth was the biggest non-sporting betting event in the company’s history with cash staked on everything including hair color and weight.

The name Prince William and Kate Middleton choose will set a trend for a generation of babies, with other new parents having a boy anxious to copy them.

James has links to both families, but Prince William already has a cousin called James – the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s son Viscount Severn.

George has been the name of six Kings of England and was the Sovereign name of the Queen’s father, George VI, whose actual first name was Albert.

The name Prince William and Kate Middleton choose will set a trend for a generation of babies, with other new parents having a boy anxious to copy them

The name Prince William and Kate Middleton choose will set a trend for a generation of babies, with other new parents having a boy anxious to copy them

It is also one of Prince Charles’ middle names.

From Prince William’s side of the family both his father’s name, which the Prince of Wales share with Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, and his grandfather’s are likely favorites.

At the bookies however, Charles did not even hit top ten with William Hill, and Phillip-betters will take home 40 times the money if they win.

Kate Middleton and Prince William are also likely to take inspiration from Kate’s side of the family, possibly honoring her father Michael, or picking Francis, which is both her father and her grandfather’s middle name.

TOP TEN BETTED BOY NAMES

1) James (2/1)

2) George (5/1)

3) Henry (5/1)

4) Arthur (20/1)

5) Louis (25/1)

6) Albert (40/1)

7) Alexander (40/1)

8) Benjamin (40/1)

9) David (40/1)

10) Philip (40/1)

(source: William Hill and Coral)

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