Now that His Royal Highness, the newest member of the monarchy, has (finally) arrived, it seems that Britain's baby mania shows no signs of slowing down.
A day after the historic birth, a Kensington Palace Spokesman assured everyone, "Mother, son and father are all doing well this morning."
For their part, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also released a formal statement, explaining, "We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received. We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone — staff, patients and visitors — for their understanding during this time."
After a visit, Kate's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, shared with the press that the royal tot is "absolutely beautiful."
Now that the deed is done, the world has a new event to anticipate: Kate's departure from the hospital with William by her side and their baby boy in her arms. Surely this photo-op will recall the iconic image of William's mother, Diana, doing the same with him 31 years ago.
As reported by the Kensington Palace Press Office, Kate is expected to leave either sometime this evening after 6 p.m. local time or early tomorrow morning.
The excitement started shortly after the formal announcement, when a town crier — clad in one of the most fabulous ensembles we've ever seen — took to the streets to announce the birth of the young prince and was received with enthusiastic cheers all around. Seriously, why doesn't the United States have one of these?
Additionally, other (smaller) tributes have started popping up all over the country. Fountains in London are running blue and Murdoch's paper "The U.K. Sun" has gone all-in and renamed itself "The Son." Clever.
There also are rumblings in the Twitterverse that there will soon be a gun salute in London to mark the birth of the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
In the meantime, it's unclear who will be visiting the overjoyed family between now and when they leave the Lindo Wing. And there's also no (formal) word on possible names. That said, according on the online betting site Bovada, George is the overwhelming favorite, followed by other classics such as James, Alexander, Louis, and — rounding out the top five contenders — Richard. All very kingly names, if you ask us. (So far, no one has.)
While we'll have to wait and see what Britain's baby prince is to be called, it seems fairly certain that the world's fanfare over this little guy will continue long after that.
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