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William and Kate introduce the royal baby

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make their first public appearance after the birth of their son. Prince William and Catherine introduced their royal baby boy to the world Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

LONDON (CNN) — [Breaking news update, 2:21 p.m. ET]

William and Catherine have left the hospital for Kensington Palace.

[Breaking news update, 2:17 p.m. ET]

“It’s very special,” said Prince William, who emerged from St. Mary’s Hospital with his wife, Kate, a day after the birth of his son. He joked: “He’s got her looks, thankfully.”

[Breaking news update, 2:14 p.m. ET]

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first public appearance Tuesday evening after the birth of their son, holding the still-unnamed boy to cheers from a crowd outside St. Mary’s Hospital.

[Original story published at 1:17 p.m. ET]

The public got its first view of the new heir to the British throne Tuesday as Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, left a London hospital hospital with their newborn son.

The couple will leave St. Mary’s hospital Tuesday evening with the boy, who was born Monday, Kensington Palace said. A name has not yet been announced for the child, who is third in line to the British throne.

“Their Royal Highnesses would like to reiterate their thanks to the hospital for the care and treatment they have all received,” a statement from the palace read.

The royal baby was born at 4:24 p.m. Monday, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. The new parents remained in the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London overnight.

They could appear holding their son on the same steps where Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Charles gave the world its first sighting of Prince William 31 years ago. Charles came to the hospital for a brief visit with his first grandchild Tuesday evening, accompanied by his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. He told reporters it was “marvelous.”

Catherine’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, visited earlier, with Carole Middleton telling reporters the royal baby is “absolutely beautiful.”

She said both mother and baby are doing “really well” and that she and her husband were “so thrilled” at being grandparents.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “Mother, son and father are all doing well this morning.” Queen Elizabeth II’s gynecologist, Marcus Setchell, is at the hospital carrying out medical assessments of Catherine following the birth, the palace said earlier.

Bells, gun salutes

Meanwhile, guardsmen at Buckingham Palace, the queen’s residence, played the Cliff Richard song “Congratulations” to mark the birth of the royal baby at the Changing of the Guard. The military ceremony, much beloved of tourists, involves a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard in the palace forecourt.

Crowds were gathered again outside Buckingham Palace, a day after they thronged there to see the formal notice announcing the baby’s birth.

Multigun salutes were also staged Tuesday afternoon to welcome the new royal heir. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park released 41 rounds, while the Honorable Artillery Company at the Tower of London fired 62 rounds.

At the same time the bells of Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate were married in April 2011, began to peal, in keeping with royal tradition, and were set to continue for more than three hours.

The news of the boy’s birth, announced about four hours after the event Monday, prompted cheers and celebrations among the crowds of well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace. At least one group of well-wishers brought flowers, champagne and a card for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Social media networks were also abuzz with the news, which made headlines around the world.

‘We could not be happier’

The new parents spent some time with their baby before calling family members — starting with the queen — to announce the birth, a Kensington Palace source told CNN royal correspondent Max Foster.

“We could not be happier,” said Prince William, according to the Kensington Palace source.

Prince William remained at Catherine’s side throughout the labor, and the baby was born naturally. An official bulletin was placed on a gilded easel outside Buckingham Palace.

The celebrations for the arrival of the new prince — whose title will be His Royal Highness Prince (the baby’s name) of Cambridge — were hard to miss in the capital.

The fountains at Trafalgar Square were dyed blue; the BT Tower, a London landmark, flashed the words “It’s a boy;” and the London Eye was illuminated in patriotic red, white and blue.

Further afield, Canada — where the British monarch is head of state — turned its side of the Niagara Falls blue to mark the birth, and the CN Tower in Toronto was lit up the same color.

Betting on a name

It was a long wait for the media camped outside St. Mary’s Hospital, but when the news of the birth finally came, the excitement of the moment was huge.

The Sun newspaper, Britain’s best-selling tabloid daily, changed its masthead Tuesday to “The Son” to mark the occasion, above a picture of the official birth announcement, while the Daily Express and Telegraph emblazoned “It’s a boy” across their front pages.

Recognizing that excitement over the prince’s arrival is not universal, the Guardian newspaper’s website lets users switch to a royal baby-free version of the home page. The front page of UK satirical magazine Private Eye simply says: “Woman has baby.”

Many bets are being placed as the wait continues for the baby’s name to be announced. British bookmakers Ladbrokes have James as favorite, followed by Henry and George, Philip, Alexander and Richard.

The baby’s name may be announced when the family leaves the hospital, CNN’s Foster reported. William’s name was announced a few days after birth, his brother Harry’s on departure from hospital.

Some British parents have delayed naming their newborns in recent days in hopes of either copying or avoiding the royal name, he said.

The baby is third in line for the throne now occupied by the queen. Her son, Charles, will succeed her, followed by his son, William.

Royal joy

Members of the royal family expressed their happiness at the safe delivery.

“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine, and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy,” Prince Charles and wife Camilla said in a statement.

The official British Monarchy Twitter feed said: “The Queen and Prince Philip are delighted at the news of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby.”

Charles Spencer, brother to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, welcomed the birth of the baby. “We’re all so pleased: it’s wonderful news,” he said in a statement.

“My father always told us how Diana was born on just such a blisteringly hot day, at Sandringham, in July 1961. It’s another very happy summer’s day, half a century on.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron said, “It is an important moment in the life of our nation, but I suppose above all, it’s a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who got a brand new baby boy.”

Tributes around the world

Thanks to a change agreed by the leaders of the Commonwealth countries in 2011 and passed into law this year, the baby’s place in the order of succession would have been the same regardless of gender. Previously, boys automatically trumped female siblings, so a first-born daughter could be pushed out of line by a younger brother.

The British monarch is also head of state in 15 Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Belize and Jamaica.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his country’s congratulations on the birth of a future king.

“The arrival of the newest member of the Royal Family, a future Sovereign of Canada, is a highly anticipated moment for Canadians given the special and warm relationship that we share with our Royal Family,” he said in a statement.

Barack and Michelle Obama also gave their best wishes.

“The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations,” the president and first lady said in a statement. “Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince.”

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also sent their congratulations.

On Twitter, topics related to the royal baby jumped to the top of the trending list in the United Kingdom on Monday morning. Worldwide, hashtags such as #RoyalBabyBoy and #Will & Kate were trending later Monday.

In a nod to modern times, Clarence House called for people to send news and images of any other new arrivals using the hashtag #WelcometotheWorld.

CNN’s Dana Ford, Sarah Aarthun, Zarifmo Aslamshoyeva, Susannah Palk and Alla Eshchenko, and journalist David Simpson contributed to this report.

Congratulations to the royal family on the birth of the royal baby.

Kate Middleton (or should I say The Duchess) is an excellent example of how much weight a woman should gain when pregnant.  Here are a few important notes for pregnant women to remember:

You are NOT eating for two. It is a myth! A pregnant woman only needs about 300 extra calories a day.

The weight gain during pregnancy provides nutrition to your developing baby and is also stored for breastfeeding after your baby is born.

Weight gain in pregnancy is based on your pre-pregnancy weight.

If you are “normal” weight then you only should gain about 25-35 pounds.

If you are underweight, you should gain around 28 to 40 pounds.

If you are overweight or obese then you may only need to gain around 10- 15 pounds.

Where does all the weight gain go?

The average weight of a full term baby in the US is 7 pounds, the placenta weighs about 2 pounds, the amniotic fluid (the fluid around the baby) weighs about 2 pounds, a woman’s blood volume doubles when she is pregnant and this accounts for about 4 pounds of weight gain, breast gain is about 2 pounds, and finally, a woman’s body will retain fat, fluid, and nutrients in order to breast feed the baby when it is born, this accounts for most of the weight gain, which is about 10 pounds.

Add up all those numbers and you get 27 pounds. Voila!

Any additional weight gain is just that: weight gain or fat.   The more excess weight gained during pregnancy, the harder it is to lose after pregnancy.

Breast feeding is the best way to lose the pregnancy weight and the best thing for your baby.

I am sure within 2 months we will see a lean new mother in Buckingham palace. (Way to go Kate!)

 

Pre-Pregnancy Weight   (Based on BMI)

 

Recommended Weight Gain
Underweight        (BMI < 18.5) 28 – 40 pounds
Normal Weight    (BMI 18.5 to 24.9) 25 – 35 pounds
Overweight          (BMI 25 to 29.9) 15-  25 pounds
Obese                    (BMI > 30) Less than 15 pounds

 

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LONDON (CNN) — It’s a boy! Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William on Monday welcomed their first child.

The baby boy was born at 4:24 p.m. (10:24 a.m. New Orleans time), weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. A name has not yet been announced for the child, who is now third in line to the throne.

Earlier in the day, the duchess and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The hospital, next to Paddington Station in London, is where William and his brother Prince Harry were born.

The duchess’ mother, Carole Middleton, was expected to be on hand at the hospital.

The baby’s name may be announced when the family leaves the hospital, CNN royal correspondent Max Foster reported. Prince William’s name was announced a few days after birth, his brother Harry’s on departure from hospital.

Some British parents have delayed naming their newborns in recent days in hopes of either copying or avoiding the royal name, he said.

British bookmakers favor the names Alexandra, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Victoria, Grace, James and George. The field is open for both boys’ and girls’ names because royal sources said the parents did not want to know their child’s sex in advance.

The child’s title will be His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess (the baby’s name) of Cambridge, St. James’s Palace said this month.

Journalist David Simpson contributed to this report.

Prince William & Kate

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine visiting the rainforests of Borneo.

The duchess and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, his office at Clarence House announced at 7:37 a.m. local time (2:37 Eastern Daylight Time.) Kensington Palace issued a progress report about 90 minutes later.The hospital, next to Paddington Station in London, is where William and his brother Prince Harry were born.

It could be 10 days before the baby’s name is announced. British bookmakers favor the names Alexandra, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Victoria, Grace, James and George. The field is open for both boys’ and girls’ names because royal sources said the parents did not want to know their child’s sex in advance.

Some British parents have delayed naming their newborns in recent days in hopes of either copying or avoiding the royal name, CNN royal correspondent Max Foster reported.

The child’s title will be His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess (the baby’s name) of Cambridge, St. James’s Palace said this month.

The duchess’ mother, Carole Middleton, was expected to be on hand at the hospital.

But Home Secretary Theresa May said she won’t be there. Centuries ago, “the home secretary had to be there to evidence that it was genuinely a royal birth and that a baby hadn’t been smuggled in,” May explained. But she said that requirement is now defunct.

Protocol dictates that the first to know about the arrival of the baby will be Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister David Cameron and the governors general of each of the commonwealth nations — along with the rest of the royal and Middleton families.

The baby will be third in line for the throne now occupied by the queen. Her son, Prince Charles, would succeed her, followed by his son, William.

Thanks to a change adopted by the leaders of the Commonwealth countries in 2011, the baby’s place in the order of succession will be the same regardless of sex.

Previously, boys automatically trumped female siblings. So a first-born daughter could be pushed out of line by a younger brother.

The royal birth is expected to be good for business. The Centre for Retail Research estimates retailers will sell $121 million worth of royal-related baby toys and souvenirs. Merchandise ranges from diaper covers and clothing to a “prince potty chair,” which of course is in the shape of a throne.

On Twitter, at least seven topics related to the royal baby jumped to the top of the trending list in the United Kingdom Monday morning. And “Kate Middleton” was trending in the United States.

Many tweets were along the lines of the comment of Holly Thrift, who wrote, “The royal baby is coming! I am freaking out!”

The baby was the only topic on the radio talk show hosted by Vanessa Feltz on BBC London 94.9 on Monday morning.

But not everyone was thrilled. Feltz read on air a message from “Gary” asking, “Please, please please, I implore you not to devote too much of the morning’s show to the royal baby.”

Feltz replied, “C’mon, Gary, give an inch. …. “It’s huge, we can’t ignore it.”

She reported Gary sent another message: “OK, point taken. I’m a beaten man.”

Journalist David Simpson contributed to this report.

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