Photos/Video: Royal Baby Born, 21 Gun Salute

July 22, 2013

Kate-William1_370x278[Updated with video/photos. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy, and the Bermuda Regiment fired a 21 gun salute at 6.30pm this evening at Albouys Point]

The UK media is presently camped out in droves outside the hospital in London waiting for the birth of the royal baby, and miles across the Atlantic the Bermuda Regiment is also taking notice, as they are expected to fire a 21 gun salute to mark the occasion.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William announced at the start of the year that the baby was due in July, but did not announce the date.

The Duchess — who is now in labour — and Prince William traveled from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital early this morning [July 22], the palace confirmed. The hospital, next to Paddington Station in London, is where Prince William and his brother Prince Harry were born.

Throngs of reporters are set up outside the hospital, some even going as far as setting up tents. The Sun newspaper is streaming live video of the entrance to the Lindo Wing, as is ABC news. There are countless live blogs going at various international websites, with every tiny detail of the impending royal baby being covered.

The baby will be third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William, regardless of gender. A rule change in 2011 ended centuries of male primogeniture, which decreed that the crown passed to the eldest son and was bestowed on a female only when there were no sons.

According to the official website of the British Monarchy, gun salutes are customarily fired, both on shore and at sea, as a sign of respect or welcome. Government House is expected to announce the 21 gun salute after the baby is born, with the location not yet confirmed but expected to be Albouys Point in Hamilton.

Update 4.43pm: Buckingham Palace confirms that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy.The baby was born at 4:24 p.m. weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces. A name has not yet been announced for the child, who is now third in line to the throne.

Update 4.46pm: The Bermuda Regiment will fire a 21 gun salute at 6.30pm at Albouys Point.

Update 5.09pm: The Government officially confirms the 21 gun salute will take place at 6.30pm this evening. The Governor and the Deputy Premier Michael Dunkley will be in attendance, and the Government also noted that there will be some minor traffic restrictions in place in the area this evening.

Governor George Fergusson sent a letter of congratulations to TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge following the birth of their new baby boy.

The letter of congratulations is below [PDF here].

Update 5.33pm: A statement from Premier Craig Cannonier said, “On behalf of the government and people of Bermuda, I extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of your son and to the people of Great Britain on this very exciting and joyous occasion.”

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  1. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    BRITONS have been advised to enjoy life in the final hours before a million-megaton blast of Baby Bull$h!t is unleashed.

    • Hear Ye, Hear Ye as a proclamation given this 22nd day of July in the year of our Lord, Great Britain announces the arrival of a royal Heir to the Throne.

      No matter what you or I think about it,this child has been born with a silver and gold spoon in his mouth, so he wont give a rat’s ox what you or I think or say.

      So to the Brit’s and it’s colonies here is another royal in your face that wont care to hoots what you think.

    • Mazumbo says:

      Happy Earth Day today Emperor Haile Selassie

  2. Django unchained says:

    Honestly. Do we really need to do this? I thought we had no money.

    • RME says:

      Welcome to being a British Colony. Not like we had much of a choice.

      • campervan says:

        You do though, if most Bermudians want to opt out and go Independent then Britain will cut ties with you pronto.
        You are currently still a colony because of the “choice” of the majority. Y’know, like democracy.

        • RME says:

          What I meant was SINCE we are a British Colony we have no choice but to “celebrate” and recognize the occasion. I figured the alternative of independence went without saying, but I guess I needed to spell it out for some that can’t read between the lines.

          • J Starling says:

            Being a British colony doesn’t mean we cannot advocate for a British republic.

            British republicanism has a long and proud history. We may still have to formally ‘celebrate’ but that doesn’t mean we can’t also advocate for a democratic republic.

            • campervan says:

              Fair enough Johnny, but I assume that you would side with the will of the people if they chose to keep the status quo.
              As things stand, the majority here appear to like having a Queen.

    • SMH says:

      Britain pay for it!

      • campervan says:

        UK will pick up the tab for some artillery shells if Bermuda repatriates its gang bangers that went into hiding in Blighty.
        Do we have a deal:)
        thought not.

        • What about that exorbitant debt Bermuda helped pay off for Britain after the Second World War. You know when they leased out so many acres of our prime real estate to the United States because there was no other way to pay off THEIR DERBT!!

          Please factor that into any equation which money is spent on alleged gang members.

          • Sir George Somers says:

            The destroyers for bases agreement was actually signed in 1940 before America even joined the war.
            This ‘debt’ as you put it helped Britain and the Allies defeat the evil of Hitler and fascism!
            We have our airport because of this agreement!

            God save the Queen!

            • campervan says:

              I think that you do pretty well out of the UK “Sanity”.
              Passports, schooling, healthcare, a trash bin for your undesirables, but I do acknowledge your view that you are “entitled” to even more.

  3. J Starling says:

    In a democracy every child should have the right to become the head of state.

    Every child born should be born equal.

    I find it sickening that we have, on the one hand, this infantile obsession with the idolatry that is the monarchy, and on the other hand that this child is largely being denied the right to freely choose her lifestyle, career, religion and beliefs.

    Why waste our public monies on celebrating the birth of our new (third in line) colonial overlord? A more fitting tribute, even if you’re a monarchist, would be to ensure a better future for all children being born.

    • smh says:

      Stop watching CNN we aren’t a democracy. That’s why the queen (FYI she’s a monarch) is still on all our money, mail, and anything else involving government…

      • Mike Hind says:

        A little research shows that we are, in fact, a democracy.
        We’re just not the kind of democracy that Mr. Starling wants us to be.

    • campervan says:

      If most of Britain is pro Royal Family, then surely that is democracy in action Johnny?
      Personally I feel sorry for the child in that they will be born into a life of servitude with far less choices than you and I.

    • Family Man says:

      How did that work out for in the USSR, China, Cuba, or DPRK Jonny?

      • J Starling says:

        Or France, or Germany, or Brazil or, heck the USA?… Those are, after all, democratic republics are they not? You know, what I’m advocating…

        • Moojun says:

          Please supply one example of the British Monarchy over riding a single piece of legislation passed by the democratically elected British Parliament in the past 30 years. If you can’t, then please acknowledge that the Uk Monarchy is simply a ceremonial position that exists because it provides the British people with a popular cultural distinction from the rest of the World. A distinction that the majority of Brits want,respect and are proud of. The modern British monarch is, in practice, Politicly impotent.

          You can debate the historical detriments/benefits of Monarchy vs Republic all you like, and rightly so, but the current Uk set up is a completely different animal.

          And remember, under your beloved republic system, Germany got Hitler and France got Napoleon. Sometimes the level playing field , means that the self-serving toe rag of an individual gets to lead the nation.

          • Sir George Somers says:

            In 1999 the queen vetoed a private members bill on the recommendation of her govt as it would have affected the crown!

            • Moojun says:

              So it was the Government making the decision then, the Queen was simply rubber stamping it. Proof again that her role does not influence policy, she merely approves what the democratically elected officials tell her to.

          • Sir George Somers says:

            On the advice from her govt., the Queen vetoed the Military Actions Against Iraq Bill in 1999, a private member’s bill that sought to transfer the power to authorise military strikes against Iraq from the monarch to parliament.

  4. mixitup says:

    Are you kidding me?! This nonsense needs to be did away with.

  5. Mazumbo says:

    Woopdy doo baby’s are born every day

  6. Robert says:

    Sad day for bermuda, another royal foot on our necks !!

  7. Robert says:

    A monumental waste of money, i hope it comes out of Mr. Fergusons pay !

  8. Sarg says:

    i thought the regiment were on summer vacation

  9. Piper says:

    My God you are all such a miserable bunch

  10. Truth is killin' me... says:

    If you all don’t want to watch it…change the channel and get back to your Young and the Restless…especially budgie boy above!

  11. yes sir says:

    we are

  12. Terry says:

    Victor Newman just committed suicide.
    Bermuda is doomed with attitudes and comments like all post here.
    Mr. Starling. Go back to the Kremlin you commy b*****.

  13. limeyinbermuda says:

    who gives a flying….. waste of money and regimental supplies… and media coverage…

    • Terry says:

      Probabley because you have status Mr. Hayward…….

  14. E$ says:


  15. Old Hand says:

    What a sad day for Bermuda when all the miserable b*****s that have nothing better to do, do what they do best, bitch and moan about everything little thing. For those of you that can’t bare to join in the celebration then switch off/switch over and get on with your life and leave those of us that can enjoy these moments to do just that and celebrate. I’m pretty sure that those of you that do bitch and moan will enjoy the little things that being a part of the UK has to offer – like visa free travel, benefits etc. Just love to pick and choose what you want. You really do make me so mad. Some people are just born to moan and bitch because their lives are filled with nothing else. Now I will quit with the moaning and bitching and raise a glass of wine to a wee lad that has just come into this world, through no choice of his own but to serve his country.

  16. Old Hand says:

    and Mr. Starling, aren’t you just one of the biggest hypocrites going. Enjoy your time living and studying in Scotland did you??

    • Family Man says:

      Leeching off the British taxpayers because he felt it was his “birthright”.

    • J Starling says:

      I would call those who claim to be for democracy and yet also for an inherited head of state to be hypocritical.

      I think you are confusing being pro-republic with being pro-independence.

      The two are mutually exclusive.

      You can be pro-republic but also pro-colony, or pro-independence but pro-monarchy.

      There are plenty ‘independent’ former colonies who retain the monarchy as their head of state.

      Being pro-republic has a long and enduring history within the UK, of which the Chartists and the Levellers are perhaps the most clear historical forms. There are pro-republic organisations today who carry on this tradition.

      • Mike Hind says:

        You’re not pro-democracy, you’re pro- a specific TYPE of democracy.
        There’s a difference.

      • campervan says:

        Johnny I would be much more comfortable if you were taking the leader of the opposition here in Bermuda to task for his barbaric views on gay rights, rather than putting more effort into attacking what amounts to nostalgic pageantry.
        Yes, yes, I know that the Queen does have “real” powers in theory. Like signing into law same sex marriage :)

        What strange bedfellows the hard left and the zealous religious anti colonial types make here.

        You are trying to fight a battle against a perceived enemy that was effectively disarmed before we were born.
        Concentrate on the real inequalities of today my friend.

  17. Abolish the British Monarchy says:

    This is ridiculous!! In the 21st century, should we really still be acknowledging a system that tortured, raped and murdered so many innocents? When will this nonsense stop?

    This is nothing more than entertainment for the masses. If only half of the attention given to this “royal” family was given to the millions of starving families in Africa and elsewhere, the world would truly be better place.

    Get rid of the British Monarchy!!!

    • J. Cabral says:

      And you think that other governments aren’t doing the same thing, without the tradition of a monarchy?

    • frank says:

      I agree a bunch of fools living off the people bring this sh==t to an end I wonder if one of the royal family will marry a black person

  18. Migo says:

    Who cares, nobody gives a s#%t just another privileged blue blood you plebeians will have to support.

    • Terry says:

      Just like the children of the guy that wears a $20,000 gold chain around his neck and the mother that spends time in the salon/s.
      We support them by buying their drugs.

  19. down de road says:

    How embarrassed I am today to be a Bermudian!

    Not because of the Royal birth and our meager celebration, but by the vitriol (cruel and bitter criticism) and bitching of my fellow country men and women on this site. We have lost or civility and decorum and I am sure it will not be coming back. And before I get attacked with bloggers telling me to leave if I don’t like it…NEWS FLASH…if you want a democracy and no monarchy (or even a symbolic figure head) then you have to put up with my disgust.

  20. Seriously says:

    Are you people serious right now? If we weren’t a British Colony, Bermuda would be S***! We would just be another Jamaica, remember how vibrant it was until they went independent. Think about this before you complain.

    • Robert says:

      That has to bef the dumbest thing ive ever read on this site, are you serious ?!!!

    • mixitup says:

      What an uninformed idiot!

    • Sir George Somers says:

      Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of Jamaica, as Jamaica is a Commonwealth Realm

  21. JSiggins says:

    So much for celebrating our diversity. We’ll never be able to move forward as Bermudians together with the attitude that’s being displayed in these blogs. So disappointing.

  22. Bell says:

    Don’t forget Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwe was the bread basket of Africa till they went independent and messed up the whole country. EB and his henchmen nearly did it here.
    Strange how Africa, Asia and the Eastern countries continue to murder, rape, mutilate and enslave 1000′s of people every day but not a word form those done so hard by in Bermuda.

    • Mazumbo says:

      Don’t forget those kings in England who tried to rule Scotland ,Ireland, Wales, etc, etc.

    • J. Cabral says:

      And do we ever hear any of the bloggers talking about those places and the atrocities that occur there everyday?

      • Mike Hind says:

        Used to, when I was a blogger. Now I just comment on news stories.
        Election’s coming up in just over a week. Not expecting anything different in the results, but I live in hope. Morgan has been campaigning like crazy, with good turnouts and there seems to be relatively little violence, thank heavens. So far, that is. I’m sure Mugabe will send out his thugs to steal the election again.

      • Mazumbo says:

        And the atrocities when the Europeans first started to explore out of their caves and tried to conquer and exterminate aboriginal people from their home land !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Mike Hind says:

          Wow… the lack of understanding of history is strong with this one.

  23. Old Hand says:

    To those of you that stand back in horror at the petty, callous, small minded vitriol that is spouted on these pages. You will note that the ones to spread as much malice as possible are those that have the time to post on these blogs – coincidence???? no, I don’t think so.

  24. d.o. says:

    i am ashamed to be Bermudian. The sh*t above is uncalled for and an un Bermudian slant to this a happy day.Migo,Abolish theBritish Monarchy,Duane Santuchi. J Starling go to North Korea dumb as**e* GOD BLESS THE QUEEN.

    • J Starling says:

      Why are you so opposed to us advocating for a democratically elected head of state, or for using our democratic rights to advocate such?

      Republicanism is British tradition with a long and proud history – in fact, it’s more historically British than the current dynasty.

  25. Hurricane says:

    OMG, did the governor really sign Most Humble and obedient servant???? Stop the world, I want to get off. What sickness in 2013,

  26. Common Sense says:

    Congratulations to Will and Kate on having a healthy baby. What I find amazing is not that we have a 21 gun salute in Bermuda which I guarantee will be the talk of all our visitors who heard it, but also that this momentous event is being carried around the world, especially in the U.S. and in Canada. Last time I checked we voted NOT to go independent, so until or unless the majority of us change our minds, we have a connection with the Royal Family, and the U.K. Long may it continue.

    For anyone who doesn’t want to hear about this news, please check your TV’s and radios and look carefully for the “off” button, or change channels. The news will also be carried on the front page of just about every newspaper in the world (with the notable exceptions of North Korea, and perhaps Cuba) so try to avoid buying newspapers for a few days or reading headlines on newspaper websites. You will eventually recover!

  27. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    send them all to the Tower!
    Off with their heads!

  28. Mike Hind says:

    Amazing how much energy folks are putting into showing how much they don’t care…

    Oh, and the UK is a constitutional monarchy, meaning that it IS a democracy.

    As has been discussed before with Mr. Starling (and seemingly ignored completely), there ARE ways to remove the monarch, should the majority wish to do so. That is the very definition of democracy.

    noun, plural de·moc·ra·cies.

    1.government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

    The powers that Her Majesty has are within the limits of the constitution and ARE removable.

    What is ironic is that someone spouting a position not held by the majority is claiming that it’s about democracy. Weird that.

  29. mixitup says:

    “Most humble and obedient” who? Maybe I read that wrong…what chubble is that!

  30. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    The royal baby has arrived and you must act quickly to safeguard your family’s sanity as the ensuing bull**** turns millions of ordinary people into maniacs…

    Dig up your garden to a depth of 8ft and line the pit with sandbags. These should keep out any TV, radio or internet signals which all contain high levels of baby bull***…

    Grab tinned food, bottled water and a firearm. Get into the bunker as quickly as possible, otherwise neighbours may force you to attend a celebratory tea party…

    No one knows for sure when the bull**** will end. It could be a week, a month or a lifetime. All you can do is keep strong, and stay hidden.

  31. Joonya says:

    I just got to the bottom of comments and almost forgot what the article was about! Wow, this little feller already has an influence in the political tone of Bermuda and the Independence debate. Amazing little dude…

  32. Kindley says:

    I can’t believe these posts. It is a happy day for her majesty and family. It is what it is. Why not enjoy the celebration.

    Bermuda is a beautiful island and a wonderful vacation spot, but it seems like the posts on this site are all negative. Work to make your island the best of all the British colonies and be proud.

  33. Let's Think About This... says:

    Oh my gosh, you people are soo incredibly angry at your situations that you complain about every possible thing that comes along! I’m sorry your lives aren’t what you wanted, but that doesn’t mean you should bash a newborn. Even if we weren’t a British colony, it is international diplomatic curtesy to send well wishes and congratulations to other countries. It’s really sad that people come on public forums like this, and rant about how much hatred they have for people they don’t even know. Can’t you just be happy another healthy baby is born, no matter what resources he will have?

    Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess on the birth of their baby boy.

    • J Starling says:

      I don’t think anyone is hating on the newborn.

      I myself have wished the child all the best – in fact I wish it the freedom to determin it’s own life path and beliefs, something which it cannot do within the institution of the monarchy.

      The criticism is on the institution of the monarchy, not the child.

  34. Tolerate says:

    Wow, no wonder Bermuda has declined into the s*!t hole it is becoming. Every day I am more and more ashamed of my fellow countryman.
    Hell, a child was born!!!! So because it is into the Royal Family, the *$$holes on here have a right to criticism and be nasty?
    No one asked your opinion so why can you just shut up? Does it bother you that much? Bet half of you would be the first to run down City Hall and sign a “Best Wishes” Card if the Obama’s had a child while in office.
    And no this is NOT a racist comment; it’s just having the ability to identify the idiots on here from their past negative comments on issues dealing with independence or anything regarding Britain.
    If it be the wishes of the Governor to celebrate this occasion with a 21 gun salute, then so be it. Who it hurting?
    Wait, let me guess; who’s paying for it? Get a life!!!

    • E$ says:

      and no one asked your opinion so shut that fat hole in your head. everyone is allowed their own opinion so lay down ya dummy.