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by Bryony.Jones edited by Lauren Said-Moorhouse7/23/2013 10:55:41 AM
Good morning from London. We're eagerly awaiting our first glimpse of the royal baby, which may come later today, if he and Kate are well enough to leave hospital. CNN's Max Foster says her doctor is at St Mary's now checking on the new mom:
by Bryony.Jones edited by Lauren Said-Moorhouse7/23/2013 10:55:43 AM
As Hilary mentioned earlier, gun salutes are planned at Green Park and the Tower of London later today to celebrate the new royal prince (details here) -- but that's not the only sonic celebration that will be going on in London.
At Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate were married in April 2011, the bells will be rung for three hours to mark the birth of a new heir to the British throne.
And at Buckingham Palace, there will be another musical nod to the new arrival, as CNN's royal correspondent reports:
by Bryony.Jones edited by Lauren Said-Moorhouse7/23/2013 10:55:58 AM
CNN's Atika Shubert and David Wilkinson are waiting outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, Paddington -- along with the rest of the world's media -- for the baby prince to make his debut in front of the world's cameras with his mom and dad, Kate and William.
Atika says the excitement, and the tension, is growing...
The daily Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace on July 23, 2013.
by Lauren.Moorhouse on Jul 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM
The Changing the Guard process is where the new guard take over duty from the old guard at Buckingham Palace. More information can be found on the British Monarchy website.Today's ceremony is happening in the palace forecourt right now.
CNN's royal correspondent Max Foster says a royal source has told him that Kate, William and their new baby boy are now expected to leave the hospital this evening, London time -- not before 6pm -- or tomorrow morning.
Many might envy William and Kate's new baby son, born into one of the most privileged families in the world. Pampered by valets, footmen, private tutors, he will want for nothing, materially.
But, says Simon Hooper (@simonbhooper), the child will never be free of his destiny: He will spend a lifetime waiting for his ancestors to die, in order to assume a role that many Britons are unhappy about.
You might have noticed from the images that the weather isn't looking as sunny as yesterday and this morning the heavens opened.
Let's not forget that the world's media is still waiting outside St. Mary's Hospital to see the Duchess of Cambridge emerge with her newborn son so camera crews, including our own Atika Shubert and Alex Felton, had to quickly shelter from the storm as it passed.
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A town crier reads an announcement about the birth of a baby boy at 4.24pm (local) on July 22, 2013 to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. Image credit: Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images
by Lauren.Moorhouse on Jul 23, 2013 at 1:43 PM
Why does the world care about the birth of a new British heir? Historian and newspaper columnist Dan Jones (@dgjones) analyzes the continuing fascination with the Windsor family. Read the full opinion piece on CNN.com.
The Duchess of Cambridge's parents Michael and Carole Middleton are leaving the Lindo Wing out of the main gate after meeting their grandson for the first time. They were there for just under an hour at the hospital. They stand on the stairs to pose for photographers before heading towards the press for a few comments.