Buckingham Palace has announced the birth of William and Kate’s son at 4.24pm (BST) yesterday.
The royal arrival was announced with a doctor’s certificate placed on an easel at the central gates of Buckingham Palace. The notice announced the delivery of the baby, adding: “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
Last night, Tower Bridge was lit up with spectacular blue lights in celebration of the little boy’s birth. (You can watch Tower Bridge anytime with our popular webcam.) Other London institutions now sporting a blue hue include the top floor of City Hall, the Trafalgar Square fountains, the BT Tower and the London Eye.
The bells at Westminster Abbey (the church where William and Kate were married) will ring for three hours and 15 minutes today, to mark the royal arrival.
The birth will also be marked with gunfire: 62 shots from the Tower of London, and 41 from Green Park at 2pm today. The Green Park salute will be more spectacular, with horse-drawn guns; but if you want a good view, you’re advised to get down there early. The best place to watch the Tower of London salute will be from Tower Bridge or opposite on the other side of the river at More London, near The Scoop. The Tower of London offers a longer salute, adding 21 to mark the loyalty of the City of London to the newborn.
The child’s official title is His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge.
Prince William said the couple “could not be happier”. Kensington Palace said the baby would be named in due course.
For ideas on how to celebrate the royal arrival in London and details of the capital’s royal attractions, take a look at our royal baby page.
And for the little prince or princess in your life, you can purchase some beautiful royal baby merchandise at the visitlondon.com webstore.