London welcomes a new baby Prince!

As a school that is very proud of our city, and our history, Excel English is delighted to join the rest of London in celebrating the birth of the new royal baby yesterday (22 July 2013).

UK Line of Succession Graphic.jpgAs yet unnamed and unseen in public, His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge (as he will be known) is already the most famous child in the UK.  We expect that the first sight of the newborn will be today when his mother Catherine, HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, is expected to leave hospital with him.

The new baby is now third in line to the throne behind his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father, Prince William.  Unfortunately this means that Prince Harry is now fourth in the line of succession, behind the new baby.

Royal Baby Easel AnnouncementThe Announcement

The baby’s birth was announced in the traditional way, with a framed notice on an easel at Buckingham Palace.  The baby’s name has not yet been announced, but it is not unusual for royal babies to remain without a name for at least a week (as with Prince William) or even a month (Prince Charles).

The Celebrations

In the meantime, London is celebrating the birth in a number of different ways –

  • Last night, the London Eye was lit in red, white and blue
  • Meanwhile the BT Tower broadcast the news that “It’s a Boy” – visible throughout central London
  • The fountains at Trafalgar Square will be lit in blue for a week
  • Today, there will be a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London and bells will ring at Westminster Abbey
  • At Changing of the Guard today, the marching band played “Congratulations”

The Statements

The news of the birth has been greeted with delight in the UK and around the world.  The Royal parents have said only that they could not be happier, but the best statement surely is from Prince Charles –

“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.”

How are you celebrating the new baby?

We would love to hear about your celebrations of the royal arrival.  Are you going to have an Afternoon Tea, or wear a Union Flag as a mark of respect?  Why not tell us all about it!

Find out more about the royal news

The BBC News website has all the information and photographs you could ever need –

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