DIGNITARIES have offered their congratulations to the Royal couple on the birth of their new baby son.
Kate and William were delighted to announce the safe arrival of their first child weighing 8lbs 6oz at 4.24pm on Monday at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.
Figureheads from Hartlepool were eager to congratulate the new parents on the birth of the future King who is third in line for the throne.
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright, who is a dad of four, sent the new family his best wishes.
He said: “Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I hope they are enjoying their time being a family together.
“As with any new baby it is a source of delight and great joy.
“I wish them all the best for the future.”
Hartlepool Borough Council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher said the birth had “excited the community”.
He said: “I’m delighted for the couple, especially to know that the baby has arrived safe and well. People are now anticipating what the baby is going to be called, it’s all very exciting.
“It seems to have brought people together and has excited the community.”
His partner and Hartlepool’s ceremonial mayor, Coun Stephen Aker-Belcher, Hartlepool, said: “People seem to be very happy about the news and it’s one of those occasions where it only happens every 30 years or so.
“It sort of brings the nation together. People do like an occasion with the royals and obviously it’s brought the spot-light on the royals again.”
He added: “It’s exciting really and has brought some good news in these dark times of austerity.”
Marcus Setchell, the surgeon gynaecologist to the Queen, who led the medical team overseeing the delivery, described the future King as a “wonderful baby, beautiful baby”.
William and Kate’s son is the first Prince of Cambridge to be born for more than 190 years.
The last was Prince George of Cambridge, a grandson of George III and the only son of Prince Adolphus Frederick, the 1st Duke of Cambridge.