Royal baby fans swarm Buckingham Palace

Crowds wait outside Buckingham Palace on July 22, 2013 in London, England. Credit: Getty Images
Crowds wait outside Buckingham Palace on July 22, 2013 in London, England. Credit: Getty Images

Soon after Buckingham Palace announced the birth of the heir to the British throne, a notice was placed on an easel in the palace’s forecourt just like the announcement of Prince William’s birth on June 21, 1982, a traditional element of royal pageantry. Hundreds of well-wishers have gathered at Buckingham Palace.

“It’s a boy!” one man shouted, prompting a mass chorus of cheers from the crowds outside the palace that quickly swelled to 15 deep.

Royal fans and whirring media helicopters quickly descended on Buckingham Palace as news spread across social media of the royal birth.

Earlier during the day, there were only a few interested parties milling about hoping to catch the much-talked about easel.

However, once confirmation came from the palace, a melee of clambering, excited fans swarmed along the palace’s perimeter fence.

On this monumental occasion, there were not the throngs of royalists, tourists and well-to-doers lining the streets patriotically waving Union Jack flags. The reaction was more pared-down than the Royal Wedding but there were still a smattering of hardcore fans clad in royal-style regalia.

“This is how people imagine England and I think it’s fantastic news for William and Kate – they’ll be great parents,” said Sandra Steeds, a student from Romford, 25 kilometers northeast of London.

Of course, this historic day has stirred the hearts of watchers globally – families like the Bailey’s from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA: “It’s like a sporting event and we [his wife and son] wanted to be a part of this history,” Reade Bailey said. “My son has made us return here three times today – and he’s told all his friends via Facebook.”

Bailey, 50, continued: “I’d like to have seen Princess Diana as a grandmother because she fascinated people all around the world.”

Indeed, Catherine seems to have taken on that humanitarian mantle at which Princess Diana was so adept. She had a cross-generational appeal with Melody Shi, 28, saying: “I like her because Kate is pretty and she has a great taste in fashion.”

Although some fans were hoping to see the first girl in British history ascend to the throne as the first born, the majority of well-wishers are just pleased to hear the glad tidings proclaimed on the official easel.

Prince William’s simple statement summed up the mood: “We couldn’t be more happier,” and neither could the adoring fans.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Pioneers for domestic violence push on

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article. Two decades have passed since the O.J. Simpson trial captivated the country. But in the 20 years…

Local

Newest java joint in bastion of hipness is…

Little may represent the change the neighborhood is undergoing right now like the arrival of the first Starbucks. The chain which is ubiquitous in Manhattan, opened a Williamsburg store at…

National

Black and white are the new orange at…

By Brendan O'Brien(Reuters) - Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail…

National

Traps set after reports of giant snake on…

New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 20-foot-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong.

Music

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks more accessible than Animal…

Believe it or not, Avey Tare — the man in the mustachioed mask pictured here in the pool of blood — may have made the poppiest music of his career.

Entertainment

‘The Leftovers’ recap: Season 1, Episode 4, ‘B.J.…

Last week’s episode of “The Leftovers” was apparently a fluke, because this week’s episode returns to focusing on the Garveys and it is so boring.…

Movies

Interview: Luc Besson says 'Lucy' is very different…

Filmmaker Luc Besson talks about his new film "Lucy," how it's different than "Limitless" and his crazy first conversation with Egyptian actor Amr Waked.

Music

Weezer releases first new song since 2010

Weezer releases "Back to the Shack," their first new song in almost six years.

NFL

'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.

MLB

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according…

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according to report

NFL

Giants lineman Chris Snee to retire: Reports

The Giants report to training camp on Tuesday, but Chris Snee may not be there when they do.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony talks about his charity work in…

As he is used to doing every year, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony is going to visit Puerto Rico to do work for his foundation.

Tech

RocketSkates let users roll with a motor

Los Angeles company Acton has raised funds on Kickstarter to roll out a nifty alternative – motor-powered "RocketSkates."

Tech

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony becomes a tech entrepreneur

He's been an All-Star, an Olympian, and a celebrity spokesperson. Now NBA player Carmelo Anthony is adding the position "tech entrepreneur" to his resume. Along…

Tech

Ulises 1 is the world's first singing satellite

A group of artists and engineers in Mexico have unveiled Ulises 1, the world's first opera-singing satellite.

Home

Wallscape on a budget

Skip the wallpaper and ombre an accent wall instead.