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The first baby thought to have been born under King Charles III arrived less than 15 minutes after the Queen died.

First time parents Rebecca Allen, 29, and Adam Walker, 31, were delighted when their little baby boy Giorgio Nikolas Walker was born at 4.44pm last Thursday at University Hospital Coventry.

However, nurses had the unenviable task of informing the parents about the Queen’s death.

It was just 14 minutes after Prime Minister Liz Truss was informed the Queen had passed away at Balmoral Castle.

The 9lb 4oz boy is one of the first babies to be officially born in the second Carolean era – the term used to describe the reign of King Charles III.

Rebecca, from Coventry, said: “It was a very weird. There had been thunderstorms all day.

“We were about to have a baby and it was such a horrible day. The news of the Queen shook the hospital staff.

“One of the nurses looking after us got upset and everyone was very upset in the hospital, whilst we were there happy about the birth of our son.”

Giorgio – Greek for George which is also one of King Charles’ middle names – was born via caesarean section after a difficult labour.

Rebecca added: “Before we went to down theatre, we saw on the news that the Queen was very ill.

“When me and Gio were recovering after the operation, that is when we unfortunately found out she had died.

“Gio is now one of the first, if not the first, baby to be born under the reign of King Charles.

“To honour this, someone we knew knitted him a little royal blue crown which he just loves to wear.

Rebecca remained in hospital overnight and was discharged the following morning.

Adam, an account director, added: “We had very mixed emotions about the Queen’s death.

“We were very upset about the Queen’s death but when we looked back and realised Gio was born on the same day and now under the reign of the new king, it made us very proud.

“The Queen had been a very monumental person in people’s lives throughout the last 70 years – so it was sad in that respect, but then we had our own joy of having our first child.”

The family bought a newspaper and are saving Gio a set of coins with the Queen’s face on as a reminder of his special birthday.