Wednesday, 24 July 2013

'One's grandson is marvellous': The royal baby has the world's proudest grandparents

THE Prince of Cambridge had the world's proudest grandparents yesterday as both sets visited the new arrival for the first time.

royal, baby, prince, charles, camilla, kate, will, william, middleton, birth, born, grandparents, grandson, cambridge, cornwallPrince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital
Prince Charles declared the newborn tot was "perfect" and "marvellous" after slipping into the Lindo Wing with his wife Camilla to congratulate William and Kate.
Asked about his first grandchild, the elated royal sent the crowd into rapture as he confirmed the couple would pose on the steps - just as he and Princess Diana did 31 years earlier. Talking of the 8lb 6oz prince, Charles said: "He's marvellous, thank you very much, absolutely wonderful - you wait and see, you'll see in a minute."
In a break from royal protocol, the first visitors to the top-notch maternity unit were Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton.
Their trip to the Lindo Wing is the strongest hint yet that the baby will enjoy a far more normal upbringing than Wills and his brother Harry, 28.
Carole admitted she was overcome with emotion at being the first family member to meet the little lad.
Looking summery in a blue polkadot dress similar to the one her daughter wore later in the day, she gushed: "He's absolutely beautiful!" The pair spent just over an hour admiring their grandson inside the central London maternity ward.
Asked how the parents were doing, Carole said: "Fabulously. They're both doing really well, we're so thrilled."
And on the subject of whether or not they had suggested a name, she laughed and said: "Absolutely not."
Kate, 31, is now expected to stay with her parents at their home in Bucklebury, Berks, where they will help her cope with the challenge of looking after a new baby.
Salute Earlier in the day Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, said she believes husband Charles will make an exceptional grandfather.
The Duchess of Cambridge's parents, Michael and Carol Middleton, arrive at the Lindo WingThe Duchess of Cambridge's parents, Michael and Carol Middleton, arrive at the Lindo Wing
During a series of engagements in Yorkshire, Camilla said: "I think it's wonderful news. I think mother, son and father are all well.
"And I think it's a wonderfully uplifting moment for the country.
"It's very exciting and it's wonderful for the grandfather - he's brilliant with children."
Meanwhile, Brits welcomed the new addition to the Royal Family with mass celebrations.
In Kate's home village, champagne corks were popping and villagers cracked out the bunting.
Crowds were also visible throughout the night outside Buckingham Palace, where the notice of the little boy's birth was posted.
Later in the day the Band of the Scots Guards performed Cliff Richard's hit Congratulations following the Changing the Guard ceremony - joined by some of the hundreds of well-wishers who sang along.
The King's Troop also staged a 41 royal gun salute in Green Park watched by tourists.
The royal couple appear with their new son outside St Mary's HospitalThe royal couple appear with their new son outside St Mary's Hospital
“I think it's a wonderfully uplifting moment for the country”
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Meanwhile producers of the longrunning BBC soap EastEnders con-firmed they had refilmed part of last night's episode to include scenes on the royal birth.
An insider said: "We couldn't really not - it's such a great part of history we wanted to include it in EastEnders' history too."
Meanwhile bookies were taking one bet every second after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed they had still not picked a name.
Last night the favourites were still George at 2-1 and James at 4-1, as a William Hill spokesman said the firm had taken £100,000 in name bets yesterday morning alone.
Spokeswoman Jo Crilly said: "The volume of bets we have taken has been absolutely outstanding.
"We have now taken upwards of £400,000 on the royal baby betting markets overall and that number is only going to get bigger and bigger the longer we have to wait for a name."
And Paddy Power has promised to give every punter with the same name as the newborn prince their cash back.