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Sussex welcomes Royal baby
Royalists across Sussex have been celebrating the birth of the future heir to the throne after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth on Monday.
Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy, weighing 8lb 6oz, at 4.24pm in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London.
One woman who has more reason to celebrate than most after discovering she is a blood relative of new mother, Kate.
Maria McCallum, 49, of Downsview Road, Portslade, discovered the family connection after her uncle started researching the family tree.
The mother-of-two, who teaches travel and tourism at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) in Dyke Road, Hove, found out her great-grandmother Elizabeth Temple had a brother called Thomas Temple.
Thomas Temple turned out to be Kate Middleton’s great, great grandfather.
Ms McCallum said: “When we looked into the family tree we realised we were closely related.
“Now my blood relative is going to be the future King.
“When I found out, it was unbelievable. I am a royalist anyway but it’s more special to think you are actually related.
“It’s something you can talk about at dinner parties as it’s such a close connection – we’re very excited.
“I am going to send a card to congratulate them. It’s a lovely thing to have happened and I am so pleased for them.”
For Matt Godwin and Lisa Kellow's family, royal births are something of a tradition.
Ms Kellow's great aunt was born around the same time as the Queen's sister Princess Margaret in 1930.
The couple celebrated the arrival of their son Remy Godwin, who arrived at Worthing Hospital just after 10.30am on Monday, weighing almost 6lb.
Mr Godwin, 32, from Shoreham, said: “We both had a sneaky feeling it was going to happen on the same day.
“We arrived at the hospital at around 8am and obviously by then we had already heard the news.
“It is nice.
“We were talking about it a lot and following the news in recent weeks because of the link with Lisa’s great aunt and the coincidence we could be doing the same.
“It's a special occasion. It is something we will all be able to look back on and celebrate.
“All the babies born on the same day as the new prince will receive a commemorative coin which will be great for him.”
There have also been some rather alternative gestures to commemorate the birth of the future king.
Butcher Paul Clark is celebrating the birth of the future heir with some rather special British sausages.
Mr Clark, 42, owns Clark’s Meat and Poultry in Lewes Road, Brighton, said: “I just had it up my sleeve for several weeks.
“I suppose I am a bit of royalist. I haven’t done anything like this before but I like these two, I think they will make a great king and queen.”
But Mr Clark’s royal sausages will not be for sale as he instead plans to donate the 180 bangers to Blind Veteran’s UK.
TONY COKER, 47, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM “I’m not really bothered about the Royal baby if I’m honest, I don’t really have an opinion. I can understand why British people are getting excited about it. I suppose it’s a bit of national pride coming through. But although I wish them well, it’s just another baby to me.In Belgium we have quite a bit of Royal coverage, including the coronation. There’s been some on the arrival of the baby but I don’t know what it’s like over there now, as I am here in Brighton. I’m sure they are giving it as much attention as you are here.”
REBECCA KING, 38, BRIGHTON “I have to say I’m really excited about it all. I had the radio on listening out for updates and found out by text. People might say there is a lot of hype over it but the little boy could be our future king one day. It’s a special occasion. I just hope Kate and the baby aren’t put under too much pressure. It’s hard enough being a mum without having to constantly look over your shoulder all the time over fear of comment and criticism. I hope the baby is called Josh. That would be a fitting name I think. I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ll name him.”
JASON WALSH, 43, BRIGHTON “I’ve not been getting involved in it really, I’ve not paid it much attention as I don’t have an opinion on it one way or the other.
“That doesn’t mean I don’t wish the baby and parents well, of course I do.
“It’s just not something that’s really gripped me like it has some people.
“But each to their own.”
LOUISE CLEARY, 39, BEVENDEAN “It’s getting a bit over the top I think. It’s just a baby at the end of the day. I have three of them. It’s a nice occasion but I really think the media coverage is getting too much. They had an expert on one of the news channels who said ‘it could be a short or long labour’ which I thought was a bit obvious.
“People may say the baby could be our future king but maybe the Royals won’t exist in the same capacity as they do today by the time the little boy is eligible to take to the throne.”
JOSEPHINE HARRIS, 72, BRIGHTON “It’s wonderful. But one thing that does annoy me is the presenters on the news channels.
They’re very annoying the way they giggle all the time and don’t look at the camera. There’s a lady presenter on Channel 5 who I think is very good, but the rest of them are quite irritating I have to say.”
Excited staff welcome baby
Lifestyle store, Velvet, in Hove, has also done its part to welcome Kate and William’s newborn into the world. The store proudly displayed a framed message welcoming the baby to the world among its many baby products.
Gemma Coupland, 26, manager of Velvet, said: “Ever since the Jubilee and Royal Wedding everyone seems to be more involved with the Royal family – everyone is talking about the baby.
“Personally, I think it’s really exciting waiting to see what they name the baby and to see the first pictures.”
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