Royal Baby Fever in London

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To be honest, I don't usually think too much about the royal family. Yes, I watched snippets of Williams and Kate's wedding, but I'm in no way a huge fan of the symbolic monarchs of a country that is not my own.

But I do not live under a rock, either, and so it's been impossible to avoid Royal Baby Fever in the past couple of weeks — especially considering I spent the week leading up to the long-awaited royal birth in London.

Buckingham Palace

Local media and royal fans alike had been scoping out St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington for days before Kate actually went into labor — there was actually one super fan who slept on a bench for 12 days waiting for the newest prince or princess to be born.

St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington
Media gathers across the street from the wing where Kate gave birth, hiding from the sun under umbrellas.
St. Mary's Hospital Paddington where the royal birth took place
People gathered across from the Lindo Wing to snap photos.

And once the announcement came last night that the baby was born? London went crazy.

Royal Birth

The Evening Standard was actually reprinted (the first version just reported that Kate had gone into labor). A crowd gathered to cheer at Buckingham Palace when the official birth announcement was finally placed outside. And buildings all over the city were bathed in blue to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Cambridge.

Thames at night
The Thames at night, with bridges lit up blue to celebrate the new prince.
London Eye royal birth
Even the London Eye was lit up in red and blue in celebration.

Today, I decided I owed it to my journalistic curiosity to head over to Buckingham Palace to check out just how excited people actually were. At the very least, I figured I would see the birth announcement and maybe get a few shots of the palace.

What I was met with was a mass of humanity.

Buckingham Palace royal birth

Buckingham Palace royal birth

There was a line snaking along the Palace gates of people — everyone from visiting tourists to local business men on their lunch breaks — waiting to snap a photo of the birth announcement behind the fence.

Buckingham Palace royal birth

Buckingham Palace royal birth announcement

Hundreds more milled about outside the Palace, holding up newspaper covers declaring “OH BOY!”

Buckingham Palace royal baby

News media from around the world had tents set up across from the Palace beneath gigantic Union Jacks.

Buckingham Palace royal baby

At 2 p.m. across the street in Green Park, there was a 41-cannon salute (along with a 62-cannon salute at the Tower of London) to celebrate the royal birth. The park was packed with well-wishers.

Green Park royal baby

Royal Baby
The cannons were pulled by horses (who are probably royal, too).

I decided I should probably wait in line to see the birth announcement, simply because it's not everyday that a person gets to see one. And because perhaps I was being sucked into the pomp and circumstance of the whole day.

Royal Baby birth announcement
Waited in line about 20 minutes to see this.

Royal Baby birth announcement

I'm sure the royal baby souvenirs will soon follow — once the prince's name is announced, of course — but I won't be here to be amused by those.

I actually am glad I was here for the birth, though. As far as the royal family goes, this is history in the making.

 

(And here's a short video for you of what I saw today:)

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What are your feelings on the royal birth? Excited? Indifferent? Tell me in the comments!

 

"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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  1. The royal birth is important to a lot of British people, of which I am one.

    I believe our royal family is very special, and something no other country in the world has!

      It was a fun time to be in London!

    great to hear your in the middle of it, im not royal family fan but I bet the atmosphere would of been amazing!

      It was fun. I don’t know that I would have cared if I actually lived there and had to hear about it all the time, though…

    I lived in London just this past year and definitely got a case of Royal fever! The city just comes alive when it comes to royal celebrations. I love it! It also makes for beautiful and festive photos 🙂

      Yes, it’s definitely unlike anywhere else I’ve been when it comes to all things royal. Fun, though. It’s easy to get caught up in it all, regardless of how much you actually care.

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