Zee Media Bureau
London: Prince William`s wife Kate gave birth to a boy on Monday, the couple`s first child and the third in line to the British throne, heralding celebrations in London and messages of goodwill from across the world.
"We could not be happier," Prince William said in a brief statement, after he witnessed the birth of his son at 4:24 pm (1624 BST), an event that sparked an international media frenzy and the illumination of London landmarks in blue.
Prince William’s first call after the birth of his baby was to his grandmother, the Queen, on an encrypted phone. He also contacted his father Prince Charles and brother Prince Harry, all of whom were said to be delighted.
As the baby arrived, the palace announced the birth the modern way, via a news release. The traditional way the palace announces a royal baby`s birth to the world is as quaint as it gets: A messenger with the news travels by car from the hospital to Buckingham Palace, carrying a piece of paper detailing the infant`s gender, weight and time of birth. The bulletin is then posted on a wood and gold-coloured easel on the palace`s forecourt for everyone to see. This time, however, the Palace first announced the news by press release.
On the steps of the Lindo wing at St Mary`s hospital, a town crier in colourful garb read out the news to the crowds.
In the old days the announcement was made to the wider public by a reader on radio, but today that`s replaced by the Internet and social media: After the announcement was made, officials posted the news on Twitter to millions of followers worldwide.
The fountain in Trafalgar Square was lit up with blue lighting to mark the birth of the third in line to Britain`s throne and "It`s a boy" was instantly being flashed on the BT Tower in central London.
US President Barack Obama was one of the first world leaders to welcome the birth.