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Baby birth bulletin takes pride of place on Buckingham Palace easel

The palace’s Union Jack flag was also taken down and replaced with a bigger one.

A notice placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace (Yui Mok/PA)
A notice placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace (Yui Mok/PA)

Hundreds on onlookers watched from outside of Buckingham Palace’s gates as the bulletin announcing the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son was unveiled.

The framed message was placed in the forecourt of the palace for well-wishers to read.

Brought out just after 4.45pm from the Privy Purse Door, the announcement read: “The Queen and the Royal Family are delighted at the news that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526am today.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

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A notice placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace (Yui Mok/PA)

In a break with tradition, the notice on the easel did not include the signature of any physicians, indicating the couple wished to keep details of their medical staff private.

It is customary for doctors who attend royal women in labour to sign the formal notice, as they did following the birth of all of the Cambridges’ children.

Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson carried out the golden easel, followed by the bulletin in a wooden frame.

The palace’s Union flag was also taken down and replaced with a bigger one.

Waiting on the front gates was Jennifer Rice from Tennessee, who was travelling around Europe when she returned to London for the birth.

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Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson bring out the easel (Yui Mok/PA)

The 48-year-old said: “I came back specifically for the baby announcement, I went to travel around Italy and France and came back last night when I knew it was getting very close.

We’ve stayed up and watched all of the weddings, (Harry) just seems so real and I love Meghan.

“I think they might do a bit more American, maybe one of the names.

“I’ve never had the desire to come for the birth of the children but now I know it’s part American it’s part of us.

“I hope he’s a redhead!”

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People gather outside Buckingham Palace (YuiMok/PA)

Alice Scammell, from Barnet, had been waiting outside the gates with her two children hoping to get a glimpse of the royal family.

The 26-year-old said: “Someone told us two hours ago that maybe a royal will turn up, we only came out on an outing but we thought we’ve got to get down.

“We’re very excited.”

Asked about names, she added: “I think they should call it Christopher, it’s a very official royal name.”

Travis and Lourdes Trainer arrived in London at 11am on Monday to celebrate their honeymoon.

The couple, from Miami, said they went straight to the palace after finding out the duchess had gone into labour.

Mrs Trainer, 36, said: “I’ve always been a fan of the royal family, my mum was a fan of Princess Diana.

“It’s always good news when someone has a baby and he seems so happy.

“It’s a real interesting connection between the UK and US now, we’ve always joked that we’re cousins.”

Mr Trainer, 33, said he hoped the baby would be called James – his middle name – admitting: “I’m a little biased.”

Anastasia Goldman, 51, and Suzanne Wright, 49, planned a trip from Philadelphia hoping to get a glimpse of the royal baby.

Ms Wright, wearing a T-shirt printed with a picture of the Queen, said: “We watched the wedding last year and said we have to go to London for the baby.

“We’re leaving tomorrow so we’re so happy that she delivered today – and we’re baby nurses!”

Ms Goldman said: “She was overdue so we were a little concerned about it, we thought she might need a C-section or an induction.

“I hope that she delivered naturally and everything went well for her and the baby. We can’t wait to find out what his name is.

“I’ve always felt we were family with the UK and this just adds to the relationship.”

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