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Royal baby: Arlene Foster hails 'wonderful news for nation'

By Brett Campbell

DUP leader Arlene Foster was quick to hail the much anticipated announcement from Kensington Palace yesterday afternoon confirming the arrival of the new royal baby.

"Wonderful news for our nation!" she wrote on Twitter.

"Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I send my best wishes to the Royal family on this very happy occasion." Shortly before the good news was heralded from the steps of St Mary's Hospital in London, Ms Foster reflected on her own experience of motherhood.

"18 years ago my first born was due," she wrote.

"Bringing back some memories today. A very exciting time for parents and the wider family.

"All of us thinking of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they prepare to welcome their third baby."

Party colleague Carla Lockhart also shared her excitement online. "CONGRATULATIONS to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - IT'S A BOY!" the Upper Bann MLA wrote on Facebook. It was followed by another post with a picture of Prince William arriving at the hospital with the royal couple's first two children.

"Princess Charlotte gives a sweet wave as William takes her and Prince George in to meet their brand-new baby brother!" she wrote.

A third post, which she promised was her last, included a picture of the newborn who weighed in at 8lb 7oz. "A little gift from God," she wrote.

Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann also used social media to celebrate the royal birth.

"Congratulations to the Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus on the birth of their son," he wrote on Twitter. The North Antrim MLA was referring to the peerage granted to William on April 29, 2011.

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