Harry and Meghan’s royal baby announcement on Instagram hits 1M likes

Huge crowds have gathered outside Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace to celebrate the birth of the royal baby this morning. 

Members of the public were pictured popping the corks on bottles of champagne and cheering outside the royal palaces as they gathered to celebrate on Monday evening.

It comes as thousands of well-wishers take to social media to congratulate Harry and Meghan on birth of Baby Sussex – the couple’s Instagram announcement surpassed one million likes in less than an hour this afternoon.

Meghan went into labour in the early hours of this morning and gave birth to a boy weighing 7lbs 3oz at 5.26am, having been more than a week overdue. 

Unofficial town crier Tony Appleton welcomes the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby outside Windsor Castle

Unofficial town crier Tony Appleton welcomes the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby outside Windsor Castle

Unofficial town crier Tony Appleton welcomes the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby outside Windsor Castle

Royal super fan John Loughery pops the cork and sprays a bottle of champagne, as they stand near Windsor Castle

Royal super fan John Loughery pops the cork and sprays a bottle of champagne, as they stand near Windsor Castle

Royal super fan John Loughery pops the cork and sprays a bottle of champagne, as they stand near Windsor Castle

Scenes around Windsor Castle after the announcement of the birth of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex baby on May 06, 2019

Scenes around Windsor Castle after the announcement of the birth of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex baby on May 06, 2019

Scenes around Windsor Castle after the announcement of the birth of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex baby on May 06, 2019

Tourists and members of the public gather at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London awaiting the royal easel notice

Tourists and members of the public gather at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London awaiting the royal easel notice

Tourists and members of the public gather at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London awaiting the royal easel notice

A combination of pictures shows the congratulatory banner message circling the BT Tower reading 'Congratulations Harry and Meghan It's a Baby Boy!'

A combination of pictures shows the congratulatory banner message circling the BT Tower reading 'Congratulations Harry and Meghan It's a Baby Boy!'

A combination of pictures shows the congratulatory banner message circling the BT Tower reading ‘Congratulations Harry and Meghan It’s a Baby Boy!’

Well wishers gather outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, south England, Monday May 6, 2019, after Prince Harry announced that his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a boy

Well wishers gather outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, south England, Monday May 6, 2019, after Prince Harry announced that his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a boy

Well wishers gather outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, south England, Monday May 6, 2019, after Prince Harry announced that his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a boy

After hours of waiting it is time to crack open the champagne for these two royal fans, as they cloak themselves in union jacks

After hours of waiting it is time to crack open the champagne for these two royal fans, as they cloak themselves in union jacks

After hours of waiting it is time to crack open the champagne for these two royal fans, as they cloak themselves in union jacks

Smiles all round as devoted fans raise a glass, or a polystyrene cup and commemorative mug, to the happy news of the royal baby's birth, a week later than expected

Smiles all round as devoted fans raise a glass, or a polystyrene cup and commemorative mug, to the happy news of the royal baby's birth, a week later than expected

Smiles all round as devoted fans raise a glass, or a polystyrene cup and commemorative mug, to the happy news of the royal baby’s birth, a week later than expected 

This couple celebrate with a bottle of bubbly served from a commemorative royal mug while dressed in union jack attire and royal memorabilia

This couple celebrate with a bottle of bubbly served from a commemorative royal mug while dressed in union jack attire and royal memorabilia

This couple celebrate with a bottle of bubbly served from a commemorative royal mug while dressed in union jack attire and royal memorabilia 

Royal fan Skye London celebrates the birth of Prince Harry's son, outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London

Royal fan Skye London celebrates the birth of Prince Harry's son, outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London

Royal fan Skye London celebrates the birth of Prince Harry’s son, outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London

Royal fans speak to media and toast the announcement of the birth of baby son to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, outside Windsor Castle

Royal fans speak to media and toast the announcement of the birth of baby son to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, outside Windsor Castle

Royal fans speak to media and toast the announcement of the birth of baby son to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, outside Windsor Castle








Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson set up an official notice on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019, announcing the birth of a son to Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson set up an official notice on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019, announcing the birth of a son to Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson set up an official notice on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019, announcing the birth of a son to Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

A notice is placed outside Buckingham Palace announcing the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

A notice is placed outside Buckingham Palace announcing the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

A notice is placed outside Buckingham Palace announcing the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, gave birth on Monday to a 'very healthy' boy, Prince Harry announced. 'We're delighted to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning - a very healthy boy,' a beaming Prince Harry said

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, gave birth on Monday to a 'very healthy' boy, Prince Harry announced. 'We're delighted to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning - a very healthy boy,' a beaming Prince Harry said

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, gave birth on Monday to a ‘very healthy’ boy, Prince Harry announced. ‘We’re delighted to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning – a very healthy boy,’ a beaming Prince Harry said

Sarah Thompson, Footman, carries an official notice to be set up on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London

Sarah Thompson, Footman, carries an official notice to be set up on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London

Sarah Thompson, Footman, carries an official notice to be set up on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London

Creative fans and artists created e-cards featuring the couple to send the family, with pictures of the royal baby are yet to be released.

Amongst those congratulating the pair was Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, tweeting: ‘Congratulations to Meghan and Harry on the birth of their baby. I hope they’re all doing well. #royalbaby’.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted her congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  

She wrote: ‘The birth of a baby is a joyful occasion – congratulations to Harry and Meghan.’

Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted: ‘Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy. Wishing you all the best at this happy time.’

Prime Minister Theresa May congratulates the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy

Prime Minister Theresa May congratulates the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy

Prime Minister Theresa May congratulates the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn congratulate's the couple on the birth of their baby, and hopes that they are all doing well

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn congratulate's the couple on the birth of their baby, and hopes that they are all doing well

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn congratulate’s the couple on the birth of their baby, and hopes that they are all doing well 

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson tweeted about Harry's announcement: 'He can barely keep the grin off his face! Lovely stuff. Congratulations to the whole family on their new arrival'

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson tweeted about Harry's announcement: 'He can barely keep the grin off his face! Lovely stuff. Congratulations to the whole family on their new arrival'

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson tweeted about Harry’s announcement: ‘He can barely keep the grin off his face! Lovely stuff. Congratulations to the whole family on their new arrival’

The Arch Bishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who married the couple in May last year, tweeted his congratulations to the new parents

The Arch Bishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who married the couple in May last year, tweeted his congratulations to the new parents

The Arch Bishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who married the couple in May last year, tweeted his congratulations to the new parents

Tourists and members of public gather at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London after the announcement made by Harry

Tourists and members of public gather at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London after the announcement made by Harry

Tourists and members of public gather at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London after the announcement made by Harry

Members of the public read the official notice of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex outside Buckingham Palace

Members of the public read the official notice of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex outside Buckingham Palace

Members of the public read the official notice of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex outside Buckingham Palace

Royal fans celebrate outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire after Buckingham Palace has announced the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy

Royal fans celebrate outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire after Buckingham Palace has announced the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy

Royal fans celebrate outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire after Buckingham Palace has announced the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new baby boy

Three royal fans hold a banner especially made for the occasion reading congratulations on the birth of your baby boy

Three royal fans hold a banner especially made for the occasion reading congratulations on the birth of your baby boy

 Three royal fans hold a banner especially made for the occasion reading congratulations on the birth of your baby boy

Well wishers gather outside Windsor Castle in Windsor with congratulatory balloons, as crowds grow

Well wishers gather outside Windsor Castle in Windsor with congratulatory balloons, as crowds grow

Well wishers gather outside Windsor Castle in Windsor with congratulatory balloons, as crowds grow

Well wishers gather outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London in the hopes of getting a glimpse of the easel announcing the news

Well wishers gather outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London in the hopes of getting a glimpse of the easel announcing the news

Well wishers gather outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London in the hopes of getting a glimpse of the easel announcing the news

Members of the public queue to view an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London - the traditionally only displayed for 24 hours

Members of the public queue to view an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London - the traditionally only displayed for 24 hours

Members of the public queue to view an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London – the traditionally only displayed for 24 hours

A woman holds a sign that reads 'It's a boy' outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019 following the announcement of the birth of a son to Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

A woman holds a sign that reads 'It's a boy' outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019 following the announcement of the birth of a son to Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

A woman holds a sign that reads ‘It’s a boy’ outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019 following the announcement of the birth of a son to Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Members of the public gather to see an official notice set up on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London

Members of the public gather to see an official notice set up on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London

Members of the public gather to see an official notice set up on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London

Members of the public gather to see an official notice set up on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London

Members of the public gather to see an official notice set up on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London

Members of the public gather to see an official notice set up on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tweeted his congratulations to the new parents.

Mr Welby, who married the couple in May last year, said: ‘Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their baby boy.

‘May God bless the new family with love, health and happiness.’

The couple's announcement from the 'Sussexroyal' official Instagram has gained over one million likes in an hour

The couple's announcement from the 'Sussexroyal' official Instagram has gained over one million likes in an hour

The couple’s announcement from the ‘Sussexroyal’ official Instagram has gained over one million likes in an hour 

An artist sketches the baby's  'new nurse' as speculation over the baby's name grows online

An artist sketches the baby's  'new nurse' as speculation over the baby's name grows online

An artist sketches the baby’s  ‘new nurse’ as speculation over the baby’s name grows online

The view of the BT tower in London announcing the birth of the Royal Baby boy

The view of the BT tower in London announcing the birth of the Royal Baby boy

The view of the BT tower in London announcing the birth of the Royal Baby boy  

Stag Wood Burners congratulate the couple speculating over if they will have 'sleepless' nights like most parents

Stag Wood Burners congratulate the couple speculating over if they will have 'sleepless' nights like most parents

Stag Wood Burners congratulate the couple speculating over if they will have ‘sleepless’ nights like most parents

Creative fans design e-cards to send to the couple online using the hashtag #royalbaby

Creative fans design e-cards to send to the couple online using the hashtag #royalbaby

One fan account added a picture of princess Diana to the announcement along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

One fan account added a picture of princess Diana to the announcement along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Creative fans design e-cards to send to the couple online using the hashtag #royalbaby. One fan account added a picture of princess Diana to the announcement along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

A custom pet portrait artist congratulates the royal family with a picture of a king Charles spaniel

A custom pet portrait artist congratulates the royal family with a picture of a king Charles spaniel

A custom pet portrait artist congratulates the royal family with a picture of a king Charles spaniel 

John Lewis welcomed 'His Royal High-ness' and sent their 'warmest congratulations'

John Lewis welcomed 'His Royal High-ness' and sent their 'warmest congratulations'

John Lewis welcomed ‘His Royal High-ness’ and sent their ‘warmest congratulations’

Art work featuring a royal guard and corgis within a crown to celebrate the royal birth

Art work featuring a royal guard and corgis within a crown to celebrate the royal birth

Many brands in America featured the announcement, congratulating the couple on the birth of their son

Many brands in America featured the announcement, congratulating the couple on the birth of their son

Art work featuring a royal guard and corgis within a crown to celebrate the royal birth.  Many brands in America featured the announcement, congratulating the couple on the birth of their son

A cute baby elephant illustrates this card sent to the couple by an estate agent

A cute baby elephant illustrates this card sent to the couple by an estate agent

A cute baby elephant illustrates this card sent to the couple by an estate agent

A brand hashtags #mom #momlife on a photo of Meghan and Harry as they become parents

A brand hashtags #mom #momlife on a photo of Meghan and Harry as they become parents

A brand hashtags #mom #momlife on a photo of Meghan and Harry as they become parents

In an Instagram post, the Duke of York said: ‘Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the safe delivery of your baby boy!?’

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson tweeted about Harry’s announcement: ‘He can barely keep the grin off his face! Lovely stuff. Congratulations to the whole family on their new arrival.’

Former Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: ‘Heartfelt congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy. Such wonderful and happy news! Sending love and very best wishes’

An account which follows the fashion of the duchess said it had predicted it was a boy

An account which follows the fashion of the duchess said it had predicted it was a boy

An account which follows the fashion of the duchess said it had predicted it was a boy

A craft brand shows off it's creations while congratulating the couple on #babysussex

A craft brand shows off it's creations while congratulating the couple on #babysussex

A craft brand shows off it’s creations while congratulating the couple on #babysussex

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