West Sussex County Council is joining the chorus of celebration at the announcement of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child.
The baby boy was born at 5.26am on Monday 6 May, and is seventh in line to the throne after his father.
West Sussex County Council Chairman, Janet Duncton, said: “On behalf of the County Council, may I offer our sincerest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their first child.
“Their visit last year was a huge spectacle, which attracted hundreds of well-wishers, and we look forward to welcoming the family to the county again soon.”
Every new child born in West Sussex is entitled to a Gruffalo ‘My first library card’ and, to mark the occasion, West Sussex Libraries will create one for the Royal Couple’s baby son.
Mrs Susan Pyper, HM Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, said: “I am delighted to hear of the safe arrival of the Duke and Duchess’s new baby son. I know that many people throughout West Sussex will want to join me in sending sincere and warm congratulations to the Duke and Duchess, and our good wishes as they enjoy the excitement of being new parents.”
The Duke and Duchess visited West Sussex in October last year, shortly before announcing they were expecting. They visited Chichester, where they were shown the rare Sussex copy of the American Declaration of Independence, which is kept in the West Sussex Record Office. The couple then officially opened the University of Chichester’s Engineering and Digital Technology Park in Bognor Regis and were again greeted by jubilant crowds.