Visit London Blog » royal baby http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:06:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Royal Baby Names: a History by Historic Royal Palaces http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/royal-baby-names-a-history-by-historic-royal-palaces/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/royal-baby-names-a-history-by-historic-royal-palaces/#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:12:37 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34773

As we wait to find out the name of William and Kate’s baby son, Historic Royal Palaces curators discuss the history of royal baby names. The video was filmed at Kensington Palace (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s home) and Hampton Court Palace.

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It’s a Boy! Welcome to London, Prince of Cambridge http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/its-a-boy-welcome-to-london-prince-of-cambridge/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/its-a-boy-welcome-to-london-prince-of-cambridge/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:00:34 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34592 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.

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Celebrate the Royal Baby in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/06/one-month-to-go-celebrate-the-royal-baby-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/06/one-month-to-go-celebrate-the-royal-baby-in-london/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:54:19 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=33878 Royal Baby Shower Afternoon Tea The Athenaeum Royal Summer - Afternoon Tea at Buckingham Palace with Helena and Ian The Athenaeum Royal Summer - Kate and William on their wedding day

With the royal baby due this summer all eyes are currently on Kate Middleton’s bump. With just under one month until her expected due date in mid-July, several packages are on offer around London to mark the arrival of this most eagerly anticipated baby. Whether you’re an expectant mother yourself or just want to celebrate his or her arrival in true British style, here are five of our favourites:

A Royal Summer at the Athenaeum

With the impending arrival of a new royal baby take a look back at previous royal babies, at “The Royal Child” photography exhibition, at the Athenaeum. The hotel, which sits within sight of Buckingham Palace, will offer private viewings of more than 40 rarely seen photos of royal children from Victorian times to the present day. Curator of the exhibition, Ian Pelham-Turner, who has worked with four generations of the royal family over the past 46 years, will be on hand. He will talk about his time working with the family as a royal photographer and the history behind the photographs on display. Plus the hotel, winner of the 2012 “Top London Afternoon Tea” from The Tea Guild, will serve guests their award-winning Royal Summer Afternoon Tea. Available 22 June to 31 August, £60 includes exhibition and tea.

The Royal Baby Shower Afternoon Tea St James’s Hotel and Club

Kate is reportedly the first ever royal to have a baby shower, so why not join her. Until 31 July fellow mothers to be will receive the royal treatment at this five star hotel, starting with a luxury baby gift to the value of £85, from a baby boutique. They will then receive a pregnancy treatment at Spa Illuminata, one of the finest spas in central London. This is followed by afternoon tea courtesy of award-winning executive chef, William Drabble. The package is £89 each, with a minimum of eight people, and for each one purchased, you can win a three-course meal for two at Michelin-starred Seven Park Place, including a glass of champagne if the mother-to-be delivers on the same day as Kate Middleton.

Due Date: The Cinnamon Club Delivers Royal Labour of Love Menu

For years it’s been said that eating curry induces labour, so kick-start yours so Kate doesn’t steal your thunder! From 17 June to 20 July, the £45 Royal Labour of Love menu at The Cinnamon Club will include ingredients that curb cravings, keep mum and baby healthy, potentially kick-start labour, and help recuperate and restore. Five courses mimic the stages of a nine month pregnancy; Expecting, 9 months, and breathe, overdue, special delivery. If this old wives tale is true and you go into labour in the restaurant, you will receive a free meal every year on the anniversary…just hope your child likes curry!

Baby-moon at The Lanesborough

Enjoy a last romantic break at The Lanesborough before the new addition to the family arrives and brings sleepless nights. Arrive to a welcome cocktail… non-alcoholic of course and enjoy spa treatments whilst your personal butler unpacks your bags. Then take a trip to Knightsbridge, where you will be guided to the best baby shops in town. After a restful night’s sleep enjoy a full English breakfast. This package is available at weekends and priced from £615 to £755.

“Mums only Sleepover” at The Bingham

If you need a night away from your big kid as well, why not check into The Bingham. Every Sunday until 31 December the hotel is offering sleep deprived mums the opportunity to check into one of their Queen Single Bedrooms for much needed rest and relaxation. Read a book or potter around boutique shop, have a hot bath with Abhana bath oils and scented candles, followed by room service or dinner in the river view bar (up to £25). After a night of uninterrupted sleep, enjoy a peaceful breakfast before you leave to head back to the madness (from £150).

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Congratulations! Prince William and Kate Expecting Royal Baby http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/12/congratulations-prince-william-and-kate-expecting-royal-baby/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/12/congratulations-prince-william-and-kate-expecting-royal-baby/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:01:06 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=30439 We’re thrilled at the news that Kate Middleton’s pregnant. Do you think her wax figure at Madame Tussauds will be updated with a baby bump in the coming months?

The exciting news about the arrival of a royal baby in London is only tainted by the fact that the duchess has been admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with acute morning sickness. Let’s hope she recovers soon.

As the BBC points out, the royal baby will be born third in line and in direct succession to the throne. He or she will one day be head of the armed forces, supreme governor of the Church of England and subsequently head of state in 16 countries.

Are you fans of the royal couple? Don’t forget there are many ways you can learn and experience more about the Royal Family in London. Here are some tips for enjoying Royal London; and some suggestions on how you can sample Kate Middleton’s favourite London haunts.

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