Oh Ye, Oh Ye, Oh Ye - new town crier Lawrence steps to the fore at Chatteris to proclaim a Royal birth
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He was only confirmed in his honorary appointment last November by the town council but yesterday town crier Lawrence Weetman had a significant role to play.
At 2.30pm and near the town clock in Chatteris (opposite Budgens he advised ahead of the event) he proclaimed the latest Royal birth. Mr Weetman was widely praised by townsfolk who either heard of his proclamation or later viewed it via YouTube.
“Loved it, fab voice,” one appreciative passer by later posted on Facebook.
Mr Weetman told townsfolk that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second child had been born at 8:34am and is fourth in-line to the throne.
Today the Prince of Wales made his first visit to see his baby granddaughter at her Kensington Palace home.
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Charles and wife Camilla arrived at the royal residence to see the infant princess who delighted the world when she made her first public appearance yesterday after being born just hours earlier.
The proud grandfather has made no secret of the fact he wanted his second grandchild to be a girl.
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And it appears the heir to the throne wasted no time in meeting his granddaughter, driving an Audi estate car - with Camilla in the passenger seat beside him - through the palace gates.
The royal couple joined doting grandmother Carole Middleton and her daughter Pippa at the Cambridge’s apartment where it appears a family gathering is taking place to welcome the latest member of the royal family.
Mrs Middleton is believed to have played a key role in supporting her daughter during both her pregnancies and with childcare duties.
Over the coming days there are likely to be a number of visits from both sides of the family - the Windsors and the Middletons.
The naming of William and Kate’s daughter has sparked a betting frenzy among royal fans.
Hundreds of thousands of pounds has been wagered on what William and Kate will call their baby princess since she was born yesterday morning.
The favourite name among bookies has changed repeatedly in recent days with Alice and Charlotte among those fancied but Elizabeth and Olivia are also proving popular.
William Hill has seen six figures wagered on the royal baby name since the princess was born and believes across the industry the figure could reach a million pounds by the end of today.
The betting firm’s spokesman Rupert Adams said Alice was once again it’s favourite at 5/2, followed by Charlotte (3/1), Victoria (11/2), Olivia (6/1), Elizabeth (7/1) and Diana (9/1).
He said: “Our turnover on the royal baby markets is chasing towards the £200,000 mark - which suggests that the industry will hit £1 million by the close of play.”
The proud parents introduced the baby to the world at a photo call outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, appearing overjoyed as they left for Kensington Palace on Saturday with their sleeping princess.
Despite screams from royal fans and the clicks of dozens of camera shutters, the infant did not stir and slept serenely on, wrapped in a shawl and wearing a bonnet.
William spoke of his joy following the birth, telling the waiting press he was “very happy” as he went to collect son Prince George to introduce him to his new sister.
The Duke had been at his wife’s side in the delivery room at the private maternity unit at the hospital in Paddington, London.
Charles and Camilla were “absolutely delighted” by the news of the baby’s arrival, Clarence House said.
The Queen, who attended a military event at Richmond Castle, in North Yorkshire, was dressed appropriately in pink on the day her fifth great-grandchild, who was several days overdue, was born.
Prince George, now just over 21 months old, was picked up by his father from the family’s Kensington Palace apartment and taken to the Lindo Wing to meet the baby.
It was the first time he had been seen at a public event in the UK since he left hospital after his own birth, but after waving to crowds when he first arrived he left privately by a rear entrance.
The Cambridges’ daughter is fourth in line to the throne and will be affectionately known as a spare to the heir.
Gun salutes will be fired in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London tomorrow afternoon to mark the birth.
Kate was admitted to hospital in labour at 6am on Saturday, but delivered her daughter just over two-and-a-half hours later.