NI street parties for royal baby

Published Tuesday, 23 July 2013
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To celebrate the birth of the royal baby, street parties are planned for the weekend in the Co Antrim town of Carrickfergus - where new parents William and Kate hold the titles of Baron and Baroness.

NI street parties for royal baby
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with their newborn son. (© Getty)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also known as the Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus, welcomed the arrival of a son on Monday afternoon.

On Tuesday evening, they emerged from St Mary's Hospital in London with their new baby to cheers from well wishers.

The Duchess held her son first before passing him to William who walked forward with his wife to answer a few questions.

"He's got a good pair of lungs on him, that's for sure. He's a big boy, he's quite heavy. We are still working on a name so we will have that as soon as we can," William said.

He added: "It's the first time we have seen him really so we are having a proper chance to catch up."

Catherine said: "It's very emotional; it's such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like."

Her husband agreed: "It's very special."

He added: "I'll remind him of his tardiness when he's a bit older. I know how long you've all been standing here so hopefully the hospital and you guys can all go back to normal now and we can go and look after him."

The Duke also joked: "He's got her looks, thankfully."

But Kate replied: "No, no, no, I'm not sure about that."

Asked a question about nappy changing, William replied "We've done that already" before Kate revealed: "He's done the first nappy already."

Asked about the baby's hair, William added: "He's got way more than me, thank God."

The young family returned home to Kensington Palace where a crowd of well-wishers cheered as they arrived.

William smiled from behind the wheel and Kate, who was sitting on the back seat, waved with her son next to her in a baby seat.

We would love to have the royals come to Carrickfergus to show off the newborn baby.

Mayor of Carrickfergus Billy Ashe

"I would love to see a whole week of celebrations," Mayor of Carrickfergus Billy Ashe told UTV on Tuesday.

"We know that the community sector are planning a few street parties."

Earlier, Kate's parents made a visit, and speaking after Carole Middleton said that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby was "absolutely beautiful", adding: "They're both doing really well - we're so thrilled."

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were next to visit on Tuesday afternoon. As he exited the limousine, Charles joked with the press, asking: "Have you had a long wait?"

When leaving, he described his new grandson as "marvellous".

On Tuesday, the royal parents thanked the hospital staff who delivered their baby, describing the care they received as "tremendous".

William and Kate expressed their gratitude to the medical team at the Lindo Wing after their son was born at the unit at 4.24pm on Monday, weighing 8lb 6oz.

"We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received," the couple said in a statement.

"We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone - staff, patients and visitors - for their understanding during this time."

William and Kate stayed overnight at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington following the birth.

Meanwhile, closer to home in the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, a little bundle of joy was welcomed into the world - sharing her birthday with the royal baby.

Darcie-Esther McCord was born on Monday to parents Janette Somerville and dad Johnathan McCord, who already have a six-year-old boy.

"I was over the moon knowing that she'd had her royal baby and I'd had my royal baby," proud mum Janette said.

"Yesterday morning, I knew that I was going up to the labour ward at some point that day and I turned the TV on and I saw that Kate was in hospital."

"So, more or less, I was saying to myself: 'Is my child going to share the same birthday as the future king or queen? And whenever I was upstairs, they started me then.

"It was only after I had Darcie-Esther that my fiancé said to me that Kate Middleton had her baby."
Janette said the birth was that little bit more special because of the royal arrival.

"It was very emotional," she added.

The safe hands of the Duchess of Cambridge hold her son.

(Picture: The safe hands of the Duchess of Cambridge hold her son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London.)

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Comments Comments
Tommy Atkins in London, England wrote (552 days ago):
Andy in Belfast c'mon into reality will you. Lets look at Harry in Afghanistan. He carried arms like the rest of the squaddies. However the difference is he had three bodyguards with him at all times. As for Prince William Yes he is a member of the Royal Air force search and rescue. "Based off the Welsh coast" About how many rescues did you read about recently in that area of Wales? Now there is a place named Iraq and Afghanistan where search and rescue are almost a weekly occurrence. That would be a grand place to start and share the deployments. with the rest of the squaddies . Some of whom have posted to these spots four times . Indeed the Royals are the uniform like Charles etc but that is about their limit in reality. Trooping the colors in June at horse Guards Parade is their next dangerous deployment.
Tommy Atkins in London, England wrote (552 days ago):
Good Post Frosty! LOL. We have bread and drippings at ours. Yep Egg and onion sandwiches and cases and cases of booze LOL
henry in here,IRELAND wrote (552 days ago):
are we going to suffer another loyalist parade
Andy in Belfast wrote (552 days ago):
Absolutely ticked off by people on here who complain about the royals living off taxpayers money, Im a Royalist and proud people need to realise that being a member of the royal family isnt all luxury look at william and Harry for e.g serving in the armed forces they earn their way and if you ever watch documentaries members of the Royal family live much harder lives than us common folk. They almost never have free time always traveling, attending conferences etc p.s does the Queen ever retire,does she enjoy what you guys call retirement?
in An Dún wrote (552 days ago):
Hopefully in these times of austerity we can all rejoice in the fact there's at least one family who'll have three airplanes to tavel in, an entourage of minders, nannies, exotic destinatios, a few palaces, a convoy of vehicles, the finest meals all paid for by YOU the tax payer! While possibly you are deciding whether to pay for food of energy... Oh please do glorify great loyal subjects.
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