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'Royalbaby!' trends worldwide as Prime Minister kicks off frenzy of Twitter tributes within minutes of announcement
David Cameron tweets that royal couple 'will make wonderful parents'
Ed Miliband follows saying: 'The whole country will be thrilled'
President Obama offered his family's congratulations via his daily Whitehouse briefing
Baby has its own Twitter account and gets 500 followers in five minutes
Business heads Lord Sugar and Richard Branson also ecstatic about the first born
Kim Kardashian leads celebrity charge with 'awww so cute!' message
19:47 GMT, 3 December 2012
23:38 GMT, 3 December 2012
Within seconds of Prince William and Kate's happy announcement the couple were trending on Twitter – and drawing congratulations from the prime minister, the US president and of course Kim Kardashian.
David Cameron led the congratulations to the Duke and Duchess after the news that they are expecting their first child.
In a Twitter message issued minutes after St James’s Palace announced the news of the pregnancy, Mr Cameron said: 'I’m delighted by the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. They will make wonderful parents.'
On Twitter, #royalbaby, #NameALegend and Prince William and Kate Middleton were trending within minutes of the news breaking and a Twitter account with the name @IAmRoyalBaby had 500 followers in under five minutes.
Prime Minister David Cameron took to Twitter and the Five News to congratulate the couple and Kim Kardashian tweeted 'Awww so cute'
Labour leader Ed Miliband said: 'This
is wonderful news for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The whole
country will be thrilled.
'Justine and I offer Kate and William our warmest congratulations.'
Meanwhile his spin chief Tom Baldwin cheekily told a Sky reporter that Ed isn't the father.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama offered congratulations to Prince William and his wife the old-fashioned way hours after news of the pregnancy broke.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney delivered the Obamas' statement during his daily briefing.
'We extend our congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the welcome news out of London that they are having their first child,' Carney read.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond was another to offer his congratulations to the couple via Twitter.
Mr Salmond said: 'My warmest congratulations and sincere best wishes to the Earl and Countess of Strathearn on this wonderful news. Everyone in Scotland will join me in wishing the couple the very best as they prepare for the birth of their first child.'
At 4.26om today David Cameron tweeted his congratulations using the trending hashtag royalbaby
Richard Branson was excited about the happiest day of their lives
Lord Alan Sugar seemed to be making an announcement on William and Kate's behalf
So cute So sweet … Kim Kardashian is clearly stoked for the pair
A spokeswoman for the University of St Andrews, where Kate and William met, said: 'We are delighted for the couple and will be writing to them to offer our congratulations. They must be very pleased.'
The Archbishop of Canterbury, who married the royal couple
in Westminster Abbey in April 2011, said: 'The whole nation will want to
join in celebrating this wonderful news.
'We wish the Duchess the best of health and happiness
in the months ahead.'
'Fantastic news for Kate, William and the country' said Ed Miliband minutes after David Cameron
Sky's Jon Craig tweeted that Labour man Tom Baldwin had confirmed that Ed Miliband is not the father of Kate's baby
Sharing the excitement: Cheryl expressed her excitement over the news via her page on the social networking site
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby was hailed as a 'new beginning' for the monarchy by one royal commentator.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said William and Kate’s child would symbolise the future of The Firm.
'It’s very important for the monarchy. This is the way forward,' Ms Seward said.
'This is the first child who will be an heir to the throne whatever sex they are. It’s a new beginning.'
She added: 'I think it’s wonderful. They must be really, really happy about this.
'It’s the culmination of a terrific year and what Kate really wanted – to get pregnant in a Jubilee year.'
She added that the announcement put an end to the speculation over when the couple would have a baby.
In the dark: The Xtra Factor host Olly Murs joked that he should have been one of the first to know
Prediction: Phillip Schofield tweeted that his This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby had predicted the news
Join the club: David Walliams, who is expecting his first child with wife Lara Stone, took to Twitter to give his congratulations
Piers Morgan took to Twitter to suggest that the Royal couple were considering his name for the child
Ms Seward said the pregnancy would be a boost for the nation.
'People love weddings and they love babies. It’s a happy event.'
Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine
In October last year, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the 16 Commonwealth countries where the Queen is head of state had agreed to give female royals the same rights of succession as their brothers.
'Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen,' Mr Cameron said at the time.
Under the ancient rules of male primogeniture, first-born royal daughters in direct line to the throne were leapfrogged by their younger male siblings.
From Africa to Australia, the news of a royal baby dominated news sites around the world this evening.
Soon after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s news was announced by St James’s Palace, the story dominated global headlines.
the USA the announcement was greeted with a joyous response and
appeared on the front pages of the New York Times, Washington Post and
greeted the 'happy royal news' by asking 'can you hear the trumpets
blowing', while ABC News ran a poll asking readers what they would name
The poll featured the top ten boys’ and girls’ names in the UK and invited readers to choose their favourite.
Elsewhere, the news appeared on the front page of newspaper websites in Argentina, India, Canada, France and South Africa.
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and first lady Michelle Obama, right, meet with Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, second left, at Buckingham Palace in London, Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Speaking from experience: Mother-of-four Maria Shriver tweeted that she empathised with Kate, who is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum
German tabloid Bild splashed the news across their web front page with a full width picture banner and speculation as to whether the baby would be a 'prince or a princess'.
The Toronto Star was one of the few to mention the Duchess being taken to hospital in their headline: 'Kate Middleton pregnant, hospitalised for morning sickness'.
Several sites were also running rolling live blogs on the news.