The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduced their first child, Prince George Alexander Louis, to the world (although his name would only be announced the next day). The Duchess was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, London, in the early stages of labour on July 22nd, and she gave birth to a boy weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces (3.80 kg) at 16:24 BST later that day. The birth took place in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington— the same hospital in which Prince William and Prince Harry were born, and William was by his wife’s side when she gave birth. Following tradition, a formal bulletin announcing the royal birth was displayed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace, although in a break with tradition the news was first conveyed in a press release. Gun salutes signalled the birth in the capitals of Bermuda, the UK, New Zealand, and Canada; the bells of Westminster Abbey and many other churches were rung and iconic landmarks in the Commonwealth realms were illuminated in various colours, mostly blue to signify the birth of a boy. Prince George’s birth marked the second time that three generations of direct heirs to the British throne have been alive at the same time, a situation that last occurred between 1894 and 1901, in the last seven years of the reign of Queen Victoria. Upon leaving the hospital, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge briefly spoke to the press (which had been gathered outisde the hospital for over a month) and were clearly overjoyed over being new parents.