Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stand with their new-born baby boy on the steps outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. The baby was born on Monday afternoon weighing eight pounds six ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). *AFP Photo
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stand with their new-born baby boy on the steps outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. The baby was born on Monday afternoon weighing eight pounds six ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). *AFP Photo
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TUESDAY, JULY 23: Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stand with their new-born baby boy on the steps outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on Tuesday. 


7:30PM UPDATE: Regiment gunners wearing the traditional artillery busby headgear fired off a 21-gun salute at Albuoys Point watched by a crowd of more than 70 people.

Governor George Fergusson said afterwards that Bermuda may have been the first part of the UK's territories and Commonwealth to officially mark the birth.

He said: "I think people are pleased - there has been excitement during the day I have witnessed myself and people have shown a very warm and cheerful reaction.

"We may be the first part of the world to do the 21 gun salute - another first for Bermuda."

He added: "It's a happy occasion and there's always an element of relief that it's come out right.
"This is something that Bermuda shares, not just with Britain, but with our neighbours in Canada and other countries in the Commonwealth  - it's nice to be part of the family."


A 21-gun salute will thunder out across Bermuda today after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy.

The salute – by the Bermuda Regiment’s gunners – will be fired at 6.30pm tonight.

The baby boy – third in line to the throne after grandfather Prince Charles and father Prince William – will be the monarch of Bermuda and the other overseas territories, as well as head of state in numerous other countries, including Canada and Australia.

The baby boy weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was born at 4:24pm UK time, 12:24pm Bermuda time.

Governor George Fergusson sent a letter of congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which reads:

Your Royal Highnesses,

I am writing to express my delight and that of the people of Bermuda at the birth of your son today. A 21 gun salute will be fired across Hamilton Harbour this evening as part of the local celebrations, and there will be much informal celebration as well, reflecting the genuine pleasure given by this happy occasion.

I add my best wishes to those which will be coming from all over the world.

I have the honour to remain Your Royal Highness’ Most Humble and Obedient Servant.

George Fergusson

Premier Craig Cannonier sent a letter of congratulations:

On behalf of the government and people of Bermuda, I extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of your son and to the people of Great Britain on this very exciting and joyous occasion.

The official statement on the Royal birth said: "The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news."

And the Prince of Wales, in a separate statement, said he was "enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time", adding that it was "an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine".

Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter: "I'm delighted for the Duke and Duchess now their son has been born. The whole country will celebrate. They'll make wonderful parents."

Regiment Commanding Officer Lt Col. Michael Foster-Brown said: "The Regiment is delighted to be able to mark the birth of the Royal baby and third in line to the throne in traditional style with a 21-gun salute.

"I'm sure that we speak for the whole of Bermuda, the UK's oldest and most populous Overseas Territory, when we congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their first child."