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Royal Baby Watch: The Conclusion

Cynthia Martin

The royal baby was welcomed by blue fountains and waterfalls

The royal baby has finally arrived

The royal baby is finally here. I, for one, am glad because I don’t think I could take one more when’s-the-royal-baby-coming news story.

Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed their first child Monday at 4:24 p.m. The royal baby boy weighed 8lbs, 6oz. But as of yet, he doesn’t have a name.

It could be a while before we know what the royal baby boy’s name is. Many are placing bets on what the name will be. James is the current favorite, followed by Henry, George and Philip. I think they should name him something out of the ordinary, like Xavier or Jose.

Obviously, the royal family is very happy at the news. The royal baby is doing well. Kate is doing well. They have every right to be overjoyed at the birth.

“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine, and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy,” Prince Charles and wife Camilla said in a statement.

England celebrated with them, showing off their patriotism in several different ways. The fountains in Trafalgar Square were dyed blue to signify that the royal baby was a boy. Other London landmarks were lit in red, white and blue.

England happens to be the leader of 15 other countries, including Canada, Australia and Jamaica. Canada dyed its side of the Niagara Falls blue to commemorate the royal baby.

But what does the royal baby’s birth really mean for the world? Not much. The boy is going to be third in line for the throne, after his father, Prince William, and his grandfather, Prince Charles. Prince Harry has been pushed back to the fourth spot. The royal family doesn’t really do much in reality.

The one major positive from the royal baby is the revenue that England will make from him. The UK-based Centre for Retail Research estimates that retailers will make over $121 million from the baby’s birth. Souvenirs range from bibs to diapers to china plates. And you can even potty train your child in style with a royal baby commemorative “prince potty chair” shaped like a throne.

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