Thursday 25 July, 2013

Welcome to the World Baby Cambridge!


Georgina Atherton/Tha-One Feature Writer Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, Kate Middleton and William Windsor have had their first child and the third in line to the throne; news which has whipped the world into a frenzy and made royalists nationwide feel like the herd of Serengeti animals […]


Georgina Atherton/Tha-One Feature Writer

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, Kate Middleton and William Windsor have had their first child and the third in line to the throne; news which has whipped the world into a frenzy and made royalists nationwide feel like the herd of Serengeti animals awaiting Simba to be held aloft by a Rafiki on Pride Rock.

Despite the madness, excitement was pulsating around the streets of London yesterday and, quite frankly, it becomes infectious. I found myself hurrying back to St Mary’s Hospital’s Lindo Wing for a distant glimpse of a royal member to no avail. Primarily because I did not decide to camp in 30 degree heat for two weeks, but also because the entrances to the ward were not dissimilar to a maze in Pacman in a valiant attempt to confuse the hundreds of press members invading the area.

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On the walk from Paddington tube station to the hospital, there were copious amounts of ‘The Sun’ promoters handing out tiny union flags and even a stereotypical British red double decker bus with the words ‘Congratulations Wills & Kate’ and ‘Beep for the Baby’ on the back. Some would argue that this is a ‘waste of the taxpayers money’ and ‘totally unnecessary’ but I would strongly contest this.

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The British Monarchy brings in far more tourist revenue than they cost. According to statistics, sustaining the Royal family costs around 53 pence per person per year. I am by no means rolling in money but, to me, it seems preposterous that there is uproar for an amount of money that the majority of people could scrape together from loose change down the back of their sofa. Not to mention the fact that the Royal family alone has created £500 million in tourism every year and they represent all that is British. They are a significant part of what makes England an international destination. Without the royals, Buckingham Palace would be just a less-spectacular Versailles.

The Royal Wedding was a national holiday. I am sure that those who oppose the Royal Family did not march into work that day in protest spouting hatred for royalty and all of the problems they cause for this country. They were more than likely sipping a beer and reveling in the merriment like everyone else was.

Baby Cambridge is set to boost consumer spending even more (to the tune of £250 million) – this does not seem like something that we should be pushing out of a country already struggling in a recession, does it?

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Companies are poised and ready for the production of tea towels, mugs and postcards with the baby’s name on it but the question on all our lips is – what will it be?

Ladbrokes took in 50,000 bets on the name of the baby within hours of Kate going into labour, the favourites being George or James.

I may be in the minority but I hope that the new modern royals choose to mix it up a little bit with a bit of humour. Can you imagine Prince Kong of Cambridge soon to be none other than King Kong?


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