• Kate and William: top 15 royal baby names

    When Kate Middleton's firstborn does arrive, the world will be keen to find out what the royal baby is named. HELLO! Online has looked at the most popular options that Kate and Prince William may choose — scroll down to see list.     CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY If it's a girl... Alexandra — One of Queen Elizabeth's middle names, Alexandra is a steady favourite for the royal baby with odds as high as 2/1 at one point. Charlotte — A fashionable name among royal circles, Charlotte is the name of the wife of King George III, Queen Charlotte, and also the middle name of Kate Middleton's younger sister, Pippa. Elizabeth —The

  • World waits as Kate Middleton goes into labour

    Pregnant Kate Middleton has been admitted to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London after going into labour. Kensington Palace confirmed the news early on Monday morning, revealing that the Duchess had travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing with her husband Prince William by her side. At around 6am on Monday, a royal convoy was spotted arriving at the hospital's rear entrance, and at 7.30am the statement was issued confirming the news the world has been waiting for.   The Duchess has been admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour   Kate and William have never revealed their baby's due date, but it

  • Kate Middleton gives birth to baby boy with Prince William by her side

    Kate Middleton and Prince William have welcomed a baby boy. "We could not be happier," said the Duke of Cambridge, who was at his wife's side when she gave birth. The beautiful boy, who is third in line to the throne, was delivered at 4:24pm on Monday afternoon at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. The news was greeted by huge cheers from the onlookers who had gathered outside the hospital and Buckingham Palace. "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm," said a statement from Kensington Palace. "The baby weighs 8lb 6oz. "The Queen, The

  • Princess odds slashed as Kate goes into labour

    Since Kate Middleton went into labour early on Monday morning, bookmakers across the UK have slashed the odds on the Duchess of Cambridge giving birth to a girl from 4-7 to 1-2. The odds on her having a baby boy are now 6-4, while Alexandra still remains the hot favourite to be the chosen name for the future heir at 7-4.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY In what has been the biggest non-sporting betting event in the history of bookmakers Coral's, other markets include the colour of the baby's hair, with brunette the 13-8 favourite, and the weight of the baby,

  • Grandfather-to-be Prince Charles visits York as Kate Middleton goes into labour

    It's business as usual for grandfather-to-be Prince Charles who was in York on Monday morning just hours after news broke that Kate Middleton was in labour with the royal baby. As the media frenzy hit an all-time high outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's hospital, Paddington, Charles was more than 200 miles north in the cathedral city carrying out his official duties. The grandfather-to-be said "No news yet" as crowds and reporters asked him about the impending new addition to the royal family. When asked what he knew about the progress of the royal baby, Charles replied "Absolutely nothing, we're waiting."   Charles was due to

  • Kate Middleton labour: William's support and the change in royal protocol

    When Kate Middleton went into labour, Prince William proved that he is a supportive husband, driving her to the St Mary's hospital in Paddington, London, without a police escort.  The Duke of Cambridge, who has made no secret of his desire to be a hands-on dad, will remain by Kate's side during the labour, trying to help her keep as calm as she possibly can during this nerve-wracking time. William has already proved that he is a tower of strength for Kate. During the early stages of her pregnancy, he drove his wife to Edward VII hospital in London when

  • VOTE: Is Kate Middleton having a boy or a girl?

    With Kate Middleton finally in labour, speculation has reached fever pitch about the sex of her and Prince William's first baby. Not to mention betting, which has reached staggering sums as gamblers place bets on whether the new arrival will be a boy or a girl. But what do you think Kate is having – a boy or a girl? Cast your vote

  • The other Prince of Cambridge

    Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby boy will not be the first to be a Prince of Cambridge. Prince George of Cambridge, born in 1819, who was the colourful grandson of King George III, also held the title. He outraged his cousin Queen Victoria by marrying without her consent and having several illegitimate children. His father was Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, the seventh of the King's sons, while his mother was Princess Augusta of Hesse-Cassel. The couple also had two girls Princesses Mary and Augusta of Cambridge. On his father's death in 1850 George inherited the dukedom.   All of William and

  • Crowds gathered across London awaiting royal baby news

    Crowds of well-wishers gathered around the hospital and outside Buckingham Palace to be present for the moment that the world has been waiting for for months — the moment Kate Middleton and Prince William that announced the birth of their baby boy. It was announced on Monday evening that Kate had given birth to a little Prince weighing 8lb 6oz on Monday afternoon at around 4:24pm. As champagne is poured and the nation rejoices, many remain in position to witness the moment that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge step out with their newborn baby. Journalists from around the world are in

  • Kate Middleton labour: Ten facts about the royal birth

    With the arrival of Kate Middleton and Prince William's first child imminent, HELLO! Online presents ten interesting facts about the royal birth.   1. The Home Secretary was once required to attend the birth of a royal baby to ensure the child was not switched. The custom ended in 1948 ahead of the birth of Prince Charles as it was decided the practice was "neither a statutory requirement nor a constitutional necessity". 2. Royal births are traditionally celebrated with a 41-gun salute by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery. The basic royal salute is 21 rounds, but because it will be conducted

  • Prince Charles is 'enormously proud' to be a grandfather

    Prince Charles has said he's "enormously proud and happy" about the birth of his grandson, the future King of England. "Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild," a statement from the Prince of Wales read. "It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy. "Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone's life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are

  • Meet the medical team who helped deliver the 'beautiful' royal baby boy

    Kate Middleton and her royal baby boy were cared for by a top medical team that included the Queen's surgeon-gynaecologists. In the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, Kate gave birth to a baby boy with the help of Mr Alan Farthing and Mr Marcus Setchell.   Mr Setchell described the future King as a "Wonderful baby. Beautiful baby." It emerged that the Duke of Cambridge was present throughout the birth of the 8lb 6oz baby boy who arrived at 4:24pm on Monday afternoon. In a short statement, the new father said "We could not be happier."   Dr Setchell and Sophie, Countess of Wessex Mother and son were said to be

  • The Queen arrives at Buckingham Palace as baby crowds gather

    The Queen has arrived at Buckingham Palace as crowds gather outside in anticipation of the announcement of the birth of the royal baby. The monarch, who is awaiting the arrival of her third great-grandchild, left Windsor Castle to return to her London residence on the day that Kate Middleton went into labour. It is at Buckingham Palace that the birth of Prince William and Kate's first-born will be announced.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY  Once the little Prince or Princess arrives, a royal aide will leave the main entrance of the Lindo wing at St Mary's hospital, Paddington with a medical bulletin

  • Touching photos of new parents William and Kate as children

    New parents Prince William and Kate Middleton broke tradition on Monday when they released natural, relaxed poses of themselves with their new son in the grounds of the Middleton home. The two photographs, taken by Kate's father Michael Middleton, capture the Duke and Duchess away from the formality of official portraits in regal environments. HELLO! Online looks at some of their best, most natural and fun, childhood moments. Kate was born – the eldest of three children – on January 9, 1982 to Carol, a former air stewardess, and businessman Michael, growing up in a modest middle class home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.   CLICK

  • Inside the Lindo Wing: where Kate gave birth to the royal baby boy

    Kate Middleton welcomed her royal baby boy into the world in the famous Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in Paddington. The luxurious ward has witnessed several royal births, including that of father-to-be Prince William, his brother Prince Harry and their cousins, Peter and Zara Phillips. According to the hospital's website, a normal delivery package costs £4,965 for the first 24 hours, rising to £6,420 for the first 24 hours of a Caesarean birth. Rooms come fitted with a fridge, satelite TV, a radio, a safe and a bedside phone. Newspapers are delivered on a daily basis and an extensive wine list is available for jubilant new mothers and their

  • How Kate Middleton's hometown prepared to celebrate the arrival of the royal baby

    With Kate Middleton in labour, residents of her hometown of Bucklebury were preparing to celebrate the impending arrival of a future King or Queen, who they can claim has come from their picturesque village. Television crews and cameras from around the world descended upon the West Berkshire town and set up camp, in preparation for when the festivities start. As soon as the royal baby was delivered, photographers started snapping away to capture the moment when locals heard that Baby Cambridge was born.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY OF KATE'S HOMETOWN The 2000-strong population were overcome with "a great deal of excitement," said a spokesperson for luxury

  • Bulletin announcing royal baby's arrival displayed at Buckingham Palace

    It is the moment the crowds have all been waiting for on one of the hottest days of the year. Approximately 15 hours after Kate Middleton arrived at the hospital in the early stages of labour, a press officer left the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital with the all-important document with details of the royal baby's arrival into the world. To the delight of crowds of reporters, cameramen, photographers and well-wishers, the royal aide left the hospital via the main entrance to make the two-mile journey to Buckingham Palace where the bulletin was displayed.   The brief bulletin, presented on palace-headed foolscap-sized paper,

  • Outside Buckingham Palace: the public give HELLO! Online their predictions

    While Kate Middleton was in labour, royal baby excitement spread around the globe like wildfire. HELLO! Online chatted to some of the onlookers outside Buckingham Palace to find out what they thought the royal baby would be named, what Kate and Prince William would be like as parents, and how much of a "cool" uncle Prince Harry will be. Thousands of well-wishers had already congregated outside the palace long hours before the birth was announced on one of the hottest days of the year in the hope of capturing the historic moment when the details of the royal baby were displayed on

  • Palace announces change of plan for royal baby announcement

    More than 12 hours after Kate Middleton  was admitted to hospital in the 'early stages of labour' on Monday morning, royal aides revealed a change of plan in the way that the royal baby will be announced. Instead of the news being declared on a traditional easel at Buckingham Palace, a press release will be sent out to news outlets. Palace spokespeople have said that the easel will still be erected but an email with the news will be delivered first. The decision was made in order to broadcast the news as 'quickly and simply as possible'.   The Buckingham Palace bulletin was only expected to state

  • William called the Queen to break the royal baby news

    Prince William called the Queen to break the news that she was a great-grandmother, and that a future King had been born. The baby is third-in-line to the throne and the Queen's first great-grandson. The Duke of Cambridge, who was by Kate Middleton's side as she gave birth, also phoned his brother Prince Harry and his father Prince Charles.   "He also made sure that the Middleton family were fully aware," said Sky's royal correspondent Paul Harrison. The Queen was at Buckingham Palace when she received the news. Both families had been kept informed of Kate’s progress. They also kept the news to

  • Celebrities tweet their congratulations to William and Kate on the birth of their baby boy

    Twitter went into overdrive when the news of Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby boy was announced. The news spread like wildfire that the Duchess had given birth to a little Prince weighing 8lb 6oz at 4:24pm on Monday afternoon.   As the nation's celebrations kicked off, celebrities took to the site to congratulate the new parents and share their excitement at the happy news. HELLO! Online takes a look at the top celebrity tweets:   Twitter messages for William and Kate   Cheryl Cole: Congratulations to William and Kate!! So happy they have a healthy baby and everyone is good. Can't wait to see him now 👶

  • David Cameron leads politicians' congratulations on royal baby

    David Cameron was the first of several politicians  who led the flurry of congratulations to the first-time parents Prince William and Kate Middleton, who welcomed a baby boy at 4:24pm on Monday. "I'm delighted for the Duke and Duchess now their son has been born. The whole country will celebrate. They'll make wonderful parents," tweeted David as soon as he was told the joyous news.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY The Prime Minister of the UK gave an official statement on the steps of 10 Downing Street, calling the birth of Baby Cambridge a "wonderful moment for a warm and loving

  • Kate Middleton and Prince William's number one fan celebrates outside hospital

    The wait for Kate Middleton and Prince William's firstborn is over, but fans of the royal couple are still crowding outside St Mary's Hospital in London to celebrate Kate giving birth to a baby boy at 4:24pm this afternoon. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's number one fan, lifelong royalist supporter Terry Hutt, has been sleeping outside the private Lindo Wing for the twelfth night running, and was delighted at finally hearing the news of the royal baby's birth. "My wife has said I can stay as long as it takes," said Terry, speaking to HELLO! Online. "I'll be here to

  • Euphoric well-wishers celebrate the arrival of Britain's new Prince

    London was awash with well-wishers from around the globe who gave a collective cheer as the birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William's baby boy was announced on Monday evening. Scroll down to see images of the jubilant crowds celebrating the arrival of the future King of