9.15 a.m. Good morning to you all,
I received so many positive comments about yesterday's live blog. I thought it would be a splendid idea to do one today while we anticipate the Cambridge family's departure from St. Mary's and hearing the baby's name. We'll also be looking at the latest news and reaction. So, do hit the refresh button!
9.20 a.m. In case you missed anything, yesterday's post on the birth can be read here and yesterday's Live Blog is here.
9.25 a.m. I asked royal correspondents Richard Palmer and Sky's Paul Harrison if they think the Duchess will be released from St Mary's today. Here are their responses:
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9.30 a.m. Royal gynaecologist Marcus Setchell arrived at the Lindo Wing, no doubt to check mother and baby.
9.32 a.m. The birth is being celebrated around the world. One of our lovely readers Chantal shared her photo of the Peace Tower in Ottawa Canada which was shining blue last night to mark the occasion.
9.33 a.m. Sky's Paul Harrison is now being briefed by Palace officials. Could the couple be leaving the hospital with their baby soon?
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9.35 a.m. There is only one story in the papers today. The Sun has changed to "The Son" to mark the occasion. What do you think of their cover?
9.38 a.m. The Times commemorative edition.
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9.40 a.m. HMS Kent spell it out!
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9.45 a.m. If you wish to watch a live camera feed from outside St Mary's, take a look at The Sun's Royal Baby Monitor.
9.50 a.m. William's uncle Earl Spencer sends his best wishes to the couple:
'We are all so pleased it's wonderful news. My father always told us how Diana was born on just such a blisteringly hot day, at Sandringham in July 1961. It's another very happy summer's day, half a century on'.
10.00 a.m. William's colleagues at RAF Valley where the Prince serves as a Search and Rescue pilot sent the couple a message of congratulations.
10.01 a.m. Royal photographer Arthur Edwards said Kate's hairdresser has arrived. I expect the couple could be departing with their son sooner rather than later today.
10.05 a.m. At 2 p.m. gun salutes will fire from Tower of London (62 rounds) and Green Park (41 Rounds). Westminster Abbey will ring a full peal of bells (with thanks to British Royals).
10.10 a.m. A giant pig with sweets has arrived outside the Lindo Wing.
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10.15 a.m A sign congratulating William and Kate on the birth of their son is displayed at The Cottage Inn in Kate's home town of Bucklebury.
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10.20 a.m. BBC's Peter Hunt shared this.
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10.25 a.m. An unexpected story making the headlines today: Royal Baby is heaviest future King to be born in 100 years. William and Kate's baby boy weighed a healthy 8 lbs 6 oz while Prince William weighed 7 lbs 1.5 oz and Prince Charles weighted 7 lb 6 oz when he was born in 1948.
10.30 a.m. At Buckingham Palace today the Scots Guards will be playing 'Congratulations' during the changing of the guard in honour of the royal baby.
10.40 a.m. Next we look at an interesting article by royal biographer Penny Juror: Why the Middletons will make Wills a great father.
'I bet he will be more hands-on than any previous royal dad, and will want for this child to grow up in a happy, safe and informal environment, in which is privacy is sacrosanct.
William has tasted real normality with Kate and the Middleton family, and with the friends and their families he has met over the years. He has no doubt compared the way they live with his gilded but sometimes traumatic childhood - and knows which he would choose for his own son'.
10.50 a.m. I wonder if William or Kate will be holding the royal baby when they emerge on the steps of St Mary's. What do you think?
10.55 a.m. Prince Charles said he had a glass of champagne to celebrate the birth of his first grandchild.
11.05 a.m. Royal officials say reports Kate's hairdresser arrived earlier are false.
11.25 a.m. A look at Hello! Magazines commemorative edition.
11.35 a.m. It's literally packed outside the Lindo Wing, well wishers and members of the media are hoping to catch a glimpse of the future King.
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11.40 a.m. From reporter David Brown:
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11.45 a.m. And here comes the rain outside the Lindo Wing.
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11.55 a.m. Palace spokesman "Mother, son and father are all doing well this morning". It was also revealed we won't see the couple before 6 p.m.
'The Duchess is not expected to leave hospital before 6 pm, possibly tomorrow morning".
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thanked the Lindo Wing:
'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.'
12.40 p.m. The crowds are suggesting "Spencer" as a name, Diana's maiden name. A group of schoolchildren also made the suggestion to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall this morning (awkward to say the least).
12.45 p.m. As you all know, I'm delighted to be working with a group of bloggers on the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser. All proceeds go to Kate's patronage EACH. The charity are incredibly excited about the birth.
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12.50 p.m. Some royal reaction to the news! Princess Anne bluntly said "it has nothing to do with me but great news" while the lovely Sophie Wessex said she is "ridiculously excited and cannot stop smiling".
1.10 p.m. You see Sophie's comments at ITV.
1.35 p.m. Hello! reports William and Kate ordered two takeaway pizzas following the birth of their son at around 8.45 p.m. Pizza has been a childhood favourite of William's since he was a child. He and Prince Harry once forged a note asking Kensington Palace chef Darren McGrady to "cancel chicken and broccoli and cabbage tonight and give the boys pizza please". The chef recognised the handwriting immediately and foiled the plot.
2.55 p.m. Mike and Carole Middleton are due at the Lindo Wing shortly. They will be the first relatives to visit.
3.00 p.m. Watch a video of the 62-gun salute that took place at the Tower of London.
3.01 p.m. Kate hairdresser Amanda Tucker has arrived at St. Mary's and a member of staff took a car seat in.
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3.05 p.m. Mike and Carole Middleton have arrived at the Lindo Wing to meet their first grandchild. The couple arrived in a black cab and were greeted by Lindo lead technician Jonathan Ramsay. They were both beaming and obviously very, very happy.
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Carole and Mike posted for photos for a moment.
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3.30 p.m. The happy grandparents!
4.00 p.m. Carole Middleton elected to wear the very pretty in the £355 Orla Kiely Dancing Girls Tea Dress in pebble from the SS12 Collection. A perfect choice, she looked radiant. Carole teamed the dress with Russell and Bromley pumps.
4.15 p.m. Mike and Carole Middleton have left St Mary's, the new grandparents looked thrilled as they left the Lindo Wing after meeting their first grandchild.
Carole Middleton said a few words to the press:
'He's absolutely beautiful, both doing so well. The first cuddle was amazing. We are so thrilled. It's all coming back.'
When asked if they could give the baby's name, Carole smiled and said:
You can watch a video here.
Mike Middleton was allowed his wife to do all the talking but both grandparents were clearly so proud of their daughter.
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5.10 p.m. Rumours are circulating regarding the possibility of more visitors arriving shortly. Possibly Charles and Camilla?
5.25 p.m. Increased security, royal secretaries outside the front door. Staff lining the streets. Whether it's a visit or something more we don't know yet.
5.30 p.m. Charles and Camilla have arrived to meet the prince! As they walked passed the press Prince Charles asked "Have you been here long" (Oh, only three weeks or so...).
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6.00 p.m. Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall have left the Lindo Wing. He said "He's marvellous, you'll see in a minute". It looks as if William and Kate will leaving imminently.
6.05 p.m. It seems William and Kate will be leaving with their son very soon. We'll have a NEW post as soon as photos are available!
6.10 p.m. The Duke and Duchess WILL leave the hospital with their son in half an hour or so.