Royal baby boy is born: the facts


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  • The baby boy was born at 16:24 on Monday 22 July
  • He weighed 8lb 6oz and was born at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital
  • Clarence House tweeted the news at 8.35pm, and it's been retweeted over 15,000 times
  • A town crier confirmed the announcement outside the hospital
  • A bulletin - signed by the Queen's gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who led the medical team that delivered the baby - said: "Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."
  • Trafalgar Square was lit up blue
  • The BT Tower had the message: "It's a boy!"
  • The news was tickered in lights at Times Square, New York
  • The Niagara Falls were also lit up in blue
  • US president Barack Obama said: "We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings"
  • Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd sent a bilby toy and the prince will have a zoo enclosure named after him.
  • George is the bookmakers' favourite name, followed by James and Alexander.
  • At 14:00 this afternoon, after riding past Buckingham Palace the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will stage a 41-gun salute in Green Park.
  • BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said it was unlikely the Queen would visit her great-grandchild in hospital.
  • The Prince of Wales said: "I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time."
  • The Duchess of Cornwall said: "It's wonderful for the grandfather. He's brilliant with children so he'll have a wonderful time."
  • At its peak, there were more than 25,000 tweets per minute about the royal baby's birth, and it has been mentioned over two million times on Twitter

And a sobering statistic: The royal baby is just one in 2,000 born in the UK yesterday - but poverty will hit one in three of them