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British High Commission celebrates royal birth

Jul 24, 2013, 12:00 PM

The union jack flag at the British High Commission in Banjul was yesterday extended to hours to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Princess Catherine’s) first child.

Meanwhile, congratulatory messages have flooded in from around the world to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, the third in line to the UK throne.

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a son on Monday 22 July at 16:24 in a central London hospital.  The yet unnamed son weighed 8Ib and 6oz. 

Thousands of well-wishers took to the streets of London yesterday and visited Buckingham Palace to celebrate the news.

Congratulatory messages have been received from US President Obama and his wife, Russian President Putin as well as Canadian Prime Minister Harper, Australian Prime Minister Rudd and other world leaders. 

Prince William who was present for the birth and Princess Catherine are expected to leave hospital later today.  The couple have said ‘they could not be happier’.   

World landmarks were yesterday illuminated blue to celebrate the birth of the royal baby boy.  The London Eye in central London was lit up as was Niagara Falls, the CN tower in Toronto and Christchurch International airport in New Zealand. Times Square in New York also displayed the news on giant screens.  

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