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May 042015
 

We are back with a very brief post today, but one that is a delight to write. William and Kate released the name of the new Princess of Cambridge. Word came at 3pm London time, 10am in the United States.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

The couple selected three names resonating with significance.

©Jack Taylor / i-Images

©i-Images

Following, some of the historical reasons behind the names.

  • Charlotte
    •  the feminized version of Charles, for William’s father, Prince Charles
    • Charlotte was the wife of King George III
    • Pippa Middleton’s middle name
  • Elizabeth
    • honors HM, the Queen
    • it was also the late Queen Mother’s name
    • Kate and Carole Middleton’s middle name
  •  Diana:
    • a touching tribute to William’s mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales

Other facts about the names:

  • “Charlotte is also the name of Earl Spencer’s youngest daughter. William has cousins Alexander, Louis & Charlotte. He’s used all 3 names.” That info is via Victoria Arbiter.

Below, some of those honored by the names. We see the Queen this past Saturday, and a December, 1982 photo of Prince Charles, Prince William and Diana.

PA Wire/PA Wire

PA Wire/PA Wire

Rosa Monckton, a friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, shared her thoughts on Twitter on the name.

Rosa Monckton Twitter

Rosa Monckton Twitter

And from the British Embassy in the USA.

British Embassy

British Embassy – Washington

At the Tower of London there was a 62-gun salute fired by the Honourable Artillery Company.

Cpl Donald Todd RLC

Cpl Donald Todd RLC

More on the tradition from the Army in London Facebook page:

Bank Holiday crowds flocked to the firing sites to join in the celebrations and show their support for the baby Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Gun salutes are customarily fired for the birth of every Prince or Princess, no matter where their place is within the succession.

Historic Royal Palaces (@HRP_Palaces)

Historic Royal Palaces (@HRP_Palaces)

Here you see the guns being positioned at the Tower of London before they were fired.

©Crown Copyright

©Crown Copyright

There was also 41-gun salute in Hyde Park, preceded by music from the Royal Artillery Band. Our friend Mark Stewart noted the songs being played included “The Circle of Life” and “Isn’t She Lovely?”. The Army in London Facebook page noted the musicians had been up since dawn practicing special arrangements of the music “suitable to welcome the new Princess.”

©Crown Copyright/Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC

©Crown Copyright/Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC

There is a video on the Army in London Facebook page of the music being played.

The Army in London

The Army in London

Today was a holiday in Britain, so there were lots of people out and about enjoying the festivities.

The Army in London

The Army in London

Below, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery firing blank artillery rounds.

©Crown Copyright/Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC

©Crown Copyright/Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC

Why 41 and 62 rounds? (Yours truly had to undertake a little research for this one.) It turns out a basic salute is 21 rounds. For ceremonial events at the Tower of London an additional 20 rounds are fired because the Tower is designated a “Royal Palace and Fortress.” For salutes in Hyde Park (as well as Green Park) there are an extra 20 rounds, the number for Royal Parks.

It’s no easy task getting the canon into place. 53 soldiers and 71 horses pull the guns into position for today’s salute.

©Crown Copyright/Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC

©Crown Copyright/Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC

The name for the photo album by The Army in London is cute: “Royal Baby BOOM”

Coinciding with the Hyde Park gun salute, the bells at Westminster Abbey. There was “a full peal of Cambridge Surprise Royal on the Abbey’s ten bells.”

Westminster Abbey Twitter

Westminster Abbey Twitter

When Prince George was born the same peal was rung for more than three hours.

And Emma Bridgewater has announced they will be doing a Charlotte mug.

Emma Bridgewater via The Stoke Sentinel

Emma Bridgewater via The Stoke Sentinel

From a story in The Stoke Sentinel:

It is estimated the factory will be producing around 800 pieces a day until demand for the product falls. Expectations are around 5,000 will be made.

The Emma Bridgewater mugs will go on sale to the public, priced at £19.95, from today.
We have received a number of inquiries about where to send congratulatory cards and notes; this is the KP address.
Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Kensington Palace
London, W8 4PU

The Cambridges have not yet moved to their country home, Anmer Hall. They remain at Kensington Palace this evening.

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May 022015
 

With throngs of well wishers crowded at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, Kate, William and the newest royal, the Princess of Cambridge, met the media and the public.

James Higgins / Splash News

James Higgins / Splash News

For those who weren’t able to follow the live blog we’ll do a quick recap of things, beginning with word from Kensington Palace that the Duchess had been admitted to the hospital at 6am London time, 1am EDT.

Kensington Palace Twitter

Kensington Palace Twitter

Media and the public started descending on the Lindow Wing.More from Gordon Rayner’s story in the Daily Telegraph:

In a virtual re-run of her hospital admission in July 2013, the Duchess, in a silver Mercedes estate car (Range Rovers and Jaguars are the usual royal vehicles), arrived at 6am, just 15 minutes later in the morning than she had done with Prince George, and slipped unseen into the aptly-named Cambridge Entrance.

Many media had been at the hospital all week, if not longer.

Roya Nikkah Twitter Feed (@RoyaNikkah)

Roya Nikkah Twitter Feed (@RoyaNikkah)

Less than three hours later came word (again via the Kensington Palace Twitter account) that Kate and William were the parents of a baby girl.

Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

Prince William was said to be with the Duchess when the Princess was born. As the day wore on more media came to the hospital, international interest in the event was extremely high.

Ben Stevens/i-Images Picture Agency

Ben Stevens/i-Images Picture Agency

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May 022015
 

We now move to live blogging of the events in London. The most recent updates will appear at the top of the page. NOTE: Unless otherwise specified all times shown are EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

1:15PM UPDATE:

  • The Cambridge family has headed home to Kensington Palace.
SplashNews.com

SplashNews.com

  • We will leave this live blog shortly to work on bringing you a post about what Kate wore this afternoon.
Ben Stevens i-Images

Ben Stevens i-Images

Kate is wearing a Jenny Packham dress, her pearl drop earrings and shoes that I haven’t looked for yet. The dress looks like a bespoke creation, perhaps a lightweight silk. I’m not sure if one could call the design dégradé, it more properly might be termed a “placed print.”

  • Ben Stevens/i-Images

    Ben Stevens/i-Images

12:30PM UPDATE:

  • Georgina Brewer of ITV reports that the photo of all 4 Cambridges many are hoping for won’t happen. From Georgina’s Twitter feed: “No George as Kate William and baby leave! Shame. Not the shot all media were looking for. George gone to bed and returned to KP.”
  • Kensington Palace is confirming Kate will leave the hospital this evening with her new baby girl; that should happen at approximately 1:30pm EDT/10:30AM PDT (6:30 local time in London.)
  • In some photos Prince George seems a little nonplussed, in others he looks quite comfortable.
i-Images/Splash News/i-Images

i-Images/Splash News/i-Images

 

11:30AM UPDATE:

  • The Daily Mail’s photo laden story with George arriving at the hospital is here.
  • Prince William did indeed bring Prince George back to the Lindo Wing to meet his new sister.
Ben Stevens / i-Images

Ben Stevens / i-Images

10:30AM UPDATE:

  • UPDATING: It will be Prince William we’ll see shortly, he is going home to spend time with Prince George.
  • There is increased activity at the Lindo Wing, and while there’s no confirmation the family will be leaving soon, it seems likely a recap of live streams will be helpful:
Roya Nikkah Twitter Feed (@RoyaNikkah)

Roya Nikkah Twitter Feed (@RoyaNikkah)

9AM UPDATE:

  • Her Majesty is in N. Yorkshire today for a ceremony and parade with The Queen’s Royal Lancers. We’re guessing the choice of that vibrant pink coat wasn’t by accident.
 John Giles/PA

John Giles/PA

  • Here is a look at the official announcement at Buckingham Palace.
i-Images

i-Images

  • And a look at the crowds lined up to see the easel in person.
© Jack Taylor / i-Images

© Jack Taylor / i-Images

  • The Sun has a video with legendary royal photographer Arthur Edwards reacting to the news that Kate had a girl.

 

8AM UPDATE:

  • Media has been told that *if* they will be coming out today, we will have 30 minutes notice.
  • There are reports that Kate’s hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker, has arrived at the Lindo Wing. This could well point to a ‘today departure,’ I will try for verification.

We will continue to repeat the live stream information, in addition to the feeds we have embedded and viewable here on the blog. This first is ABC News, just click the arrow to get it rolling.

Other live feeds:

More Newsbytes:

The Art Room

The Art Room

  • We also had the appearance of the completely unofficial ‘town crier,’ proclaiming the news and ringing his bell.
Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

7AM UPDATE:

Peter Hunt, BBC (@BBC Peter Hunt)

Peter Hunt, BBC (@BBC Peter Hunt)

Sky News Twitter Feed

Sky News Twitter Feed

  • The media at the Lindo Wing.
Ben Stevens/i-Images Picture Agency

Ben Stevens/i-Images Picture Agency

The biggest questions at this point:

  • will the Middletons come for a visit?
  • will Prince George come to visit his sister?
  • will Kate and the new Princess be staying the night in the hospital, or will we see her with William and the new baby on the steps of the Lindo Wing later today?

Royal Photographer Mark Stewart made this observation just moments ago.

Mark Stewart, Royal Photographer

Mark Stewart, Royal Photographer

We’ll continue to post the livestreams that are up for those just joining us.

  • Congratulations from the RAF Association.
RAF Association/RAF Wings Appeal

RAF Association/RAF Wings Appeal

  • It must be one of the first gifts for the Princess, a Scouting babygro; it comes from the East Sheen Atlantic Beaver Scouts, shared by Simon Carter of UK Scouting
Eastr Sheen Atlantic Beaver Scouts via Simon Carter,

Eastr Sheen Atlantic Beaver Scouts via Simon Carter,

  • Just as they did when Prince George was born, the Royal Navy sends its congratulations from the sea. From the RN Twitter feed: “HMS Lancaster, known as the ‘Queen’s Frigate’, sent a message of congratulations to @KensingtonRoyal on the new birth.”
The Royal Navy

The Royal Navy

The Today Show

The Today Show

6AM UPDATE:

  • Kensington Palace wants to hear from others welcoming a new member of the family.
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Reuters Live Station

Reuters Live Station

  • Congratulations are pouring in, many of them on Twitter.  Well-wishers include Help for Heroes, an organization Princes Harry and William have been involved with
Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes

  • And a charity of which Kate is patron, Place2Be
Place2Be

Place2Be

  • Here is how the Kensington Palace announcement looked on Twitter.
Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

  • Kate has had a baby girl, a Princess of Cambridge.
Via Max Foster

Via Max Foster

 

5AM UPDATE:

  • We’ll continue to post the livestreams that are up for those just joining us.
  • If wondering what the live feed shows, it is essentially the Lindo Wing door and general activity at that entrance to the hospital. Below, ABC’s shot, just click the arrow to activate it.

  • Catherine Wylie of the Press Association gives us another angle showing the media in the press pens, which continue to fill up.
Catherine Wylie, UK Press Association (@WylieCatherine)

Catherine Wylie, UK Press Association (@WylieCatherine)

  • Royal Photographer Mark Stewart shared a screen grab showing how popular the royal birth is on twitter, with the RoyalBirth and Duchess of Cambridge out-trending David Beckham.
Mark Stewart, Royal Photogrpaher (@RegalEyes)

Mark Stewart, Royal Photographer (@RegalEyes)

Catherine Wylie, Press Association (@WylieCatherine)

Catherine Wylie, Press Association (@WylieCatherine)

4am UPDATE:

Max Foster, CNN

Max Foster, CNN

  • The Daily Mail explains background on why this baby will be 4th in line for the throne; that story is here.
  • The UK Press Association reports family members have been briefed on the latest news.
Press Association

Press Association

3:45am:

  • Kate’s labor is reported to be “progressing normally.” From The Sun’s live blog: “The duchess’s labour is “progressing normally” in one of six air-conditioned delivery rooms on the third floor of the building, where giving birth naturally costs up to £10,000.
  • For those wondering what Prince George is doing, Simon Perry of People magazine shared this information:
Simon Perry, People Magazine

Simon Perry, People Magazine

3:15am update:

  •  Broadcasters have started doing live shots from the Lindo Wing, below you see Max Foster of CNN broadcasting to the US.
David Wilkinson, CNN (@DWilkinsonCNN)

David Wilkinson, CNN (@DWilkinsonCNN)

  • People magazine’s Monique Jessen noted that there were 21,600 tweets in the two hours following Kate’s admission to the hospital.
  • 9NEWS Australia’s Tom Steinfort shared this picture of the armed police presence at the hospital
  • Tom Steinfort, 9News Australia (@TomStewinfort)

    Tom Steinfort, 9News Australia (@TomStewinfort)

2:45am EDT:

Jennifer Peros, Us Weekly (@JenPeros)

Jennifer Peros, Us Weekly (@JenPeros)