Derbyshire residents and dignitaries have begun celebrating after today’s Royal announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, are said to be delighted after Kate gave birth to a boy at the Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital, in Paddington, West London, at 4.24pm, today, Monday, July 22.
Chesterfield mayor, Cllr Paul Christopher Stone, of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “This is wonderful news - and an exciting moment in history to welcome our future king into the world.
“On behalf of the residents of Chesterfield borough, I’d like to send our sincere congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son.”
The baby boy weighs 8lb 6oz according to a formal announcement which was released after the birth in writing on a public notice at the gates of Buckingham Palace in a frame on the same easel used to declare the arrival of Prince William 32 years ago.
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has sent his congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son.
He said: “I’m delighted for the Duke and Duchess and wish them all the best as they come to know the joys of parenthood.
“I look forward to seeing the role this new addition to the Royal Family will play in our public life in the years to come.”
Kate’s last public appearance was at the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 15 and she had been staying with her parents in Bucklebury, Berkshire, before she was admitted to the same hospital where Princess Diana had Princes William and Harry.
The couple first met at university and were married in April 2011. Kate, 31, had a difficult start to her pregnancy after spending three days in hospital for acute morning sickness.
Prince William, 31, took leave from his role as an RAF air sea rescue pilot at Anglesey to be beside his wife’s side before the birth.
A Royal source said: “It’s a momentous time, not just for the Duke and Duchess as a couple welcoming their first child into the world, but for the future of the monarchy as a whole.”
The baby is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William and the child will be known as His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge.
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