Baby birth bulletin takes pride of place on Buckingham Palace easel

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)

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

The palace’s Union Jack 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.”

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