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Cornwall Celebrates Royal Baby Boy

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12:47pm 23rd July 2013
(Updated 12:47pm 23rd July 2013)

Prince William and Kate have said thank-you to staff at St Mary's Hospital in London, who helped deliver the Royal baby.

Kensington Palace has released a statement that said thank-you for the "tremendous care the three of us have received."

Cornwall has joined the rest of the UK and world in welcoming the royal baby to the world.

One day the little boy will be king and, before that, Duke of Cornwall.

Claire Nicholls from Redruth's second child Isobel is ten weeks old.

She told Pirate FM being a first time mum is harder: "Mixed emotions really. I think when you're really tired you get very emotional. You're up and down all the time. Suddenly you're at home with a newborn baby and you think, 'Oh my goodness, what on earth do I do?' There's no rule book for babies. You have to go with the flow and get lots of help from family and friends."

Katherine Mullis from St Blazey had her little boy six months ago: "The initial thing is getting used to having a baby, not knowing that baby and getting to know the baby and its needs.

"You're so excited because you've got a new baby but, on the other hand, there are all these hormones rushing around your body - and you're feeling tearful and upset."

Various celebrations will be held later to mark the special occasion, including gun salutes across London and church bells being rung across Cornwall.

President of the Truro Diocesan Guild of Ringers, Phil Tremain, said: "It's quite common for bells to be run nationally and has been for centuries to mark special occasions that take place in the life of the nation - both joyous occasions like this one, and sad ones as well.

"We've got about 150 church towers with bells in Cornwall, not all of them sadly with a complete band of ringers - but a lot of them will be ringing. That will reflect what is going on throughout the country."

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company will both carry out the ceremonial salutes in honour of the new addition to the Royal Family.

Gun salutes are fired for the birth of every prince or princess, no matter where their place is within the line of succession, the Ministry of Defence said.

The Royal couple could leave hospital later with their son and show the baby prince to the world's waiting media and well-wishers.

As well as wanting to catch a glimpse of the third in line to the throne - the world is desperate to know what name they have chosen.

Their son was born at 4.24pm on Monday weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at his wife's bedside at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London.

William telephoned his family to tell them the good news, speaking personally to the Queen, his father Charles and younger brother Prince Harry.

The Prince of Wales, who has become a grandfather for the first time, summed up the feelings of the Royal Family when he described the new arrival as an "incredibly special moment for William and Catherine".

In a statement he said: "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.

"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 eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future."

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are delighted at the news."

News of the birth was issued in a statement by Kensington Palace at 8.30pm on Monday.

Kensington Palace issued a very brief statement from the Duke who, speaking on behalf of himself and the Duchess, said: "We could not be happier."

A spokesman said: "The names of the baby will be announced in due course."

David Cameron declared the birth "an important moment in the life of our nation".

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister said: "It is wonderful news from St Mary's, Paddington, and I am sure that right across the country, and indeed right across the Commonwealth, people will be celebrating and wishing the royal couple well.

"It has been a remarkable few years for our Royal Family - a royal wedding that captured people's hearts, that extraordinary and magnificent jubilee and now this royal birth - all from a family that has given this nation so much incredible service."

American president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who has developed a close relationship with the Queen, also spoke of their joy at the birth.

"We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings. The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations.

"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."

12:47pm 23rd July 2013

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