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PHOTOS: How the British press heralded the royal birth

July 23, 2013 11:14 IST

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The world's press that had camped outside St Mary's Hospital in London’s Paddington for days in anticipation, on Tuesday, finally announced that Prince William's wife Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy.

In an official announcement, Buckingham Palace said, "The Queen and Prince Philip are delighted at the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby."

Top-selling British newspaper The Sun on Tuesday changed its name to ‘The Son’ to honour the arrival of a baby boy.

Kate had her baby in the hospital’s private Lindo Wing -- where Wills himself was born in 1982. Her labour was said to have proceeded “without any apparent hitches” -- and she had not needed a caesarean section. Surgeon Marcus Setchel delivered the prince, The Sun reported.

Bored journalists had earlier dubbed their vigil outside the hospital as "the Great Kate Wait".

Take a look at how how the Fleet Street marked the arrival of a baby boy. 

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After a day in which the nation had waited expectantly for news, the couple decided to delay the announcement of the birth for four hours because “they wanted to spend a bit of time with their baby first, and needed to make the necessary phone calls to the Queen and other members of their families”, an aide said, reported The Telegraph.

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Outside Buckingham Palace, thousands of well-wishers from around the globe who had gathered through the day broke into cheers of “hip-hip hooray!” the Daily Star reported.

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Despite the world’s media being camped outside the hospital for weeks, it was a lone photographer who caught sight of the royal couple arriving.

After seeing them entering the hospital through a discreet side door, Jesal Parshotam, tweeted at 5.55 am saying: “Kate Middleton has gone into hospital.” The rumour was not taken seriously until the Palace confirmed at 7.28am that she was in the early stages of labour - but they would not discuss whether Kate, who was about a week overdue, had been induced at home, reported the Daily Express.

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The baby's name is yet to be announced -- and may not even have been decided on yet, but the little boy is the first Prince of Cambridge to be born for more than 190 years, reported the Mirror

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The Duke of Cambridge, who was present for the birth and who stayed overnight at the hospital, said: “We could not be happier.” The Times reported.

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The first child born under the entirely new, non-sexist, non-sectarian constitutional arrangement – still grinding its way through parliaments in both hemispheres – has arrived, the Daily Mail reported.



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