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Congrats to the Royal family on the birth of the new prince. Yay! It’s a boy! You can find coverage from Guardian UK, LA Times coverage and the NY Post by clicking the links. Daily Mail has some great images of around the castle when the announcement was made and the overall general excitement in London.
I have to say, and this is COMPLETELY my opinion, although many of us wished for a princess, one to somewhat bring back the missing light that was Princess Diana, it is hard to have a daughter when there is a dead mother (or mother-in-law) in the picture. I know that sounds crass, but it is true. I speak on both sides, as a daughter of a mother that has gone, and a wife to someone that has lost his mother as well. Both of my daughters are named for our mothers. It is a lot to live up to, a burden that sometimes I don’t think we think of when we want to pay tribute to the dearly departed. If my daughters are sometimes unfairly compared to their namesakes, can you imagine what a royal child would endure? Being part of the British Royal Family is life in a fishbowl as is, I am glad there at least won’t be a little girl with a huge name being examined consistently to be like her paternal grandmother, or worse, not like her. If I was Duchess Kate, I probably would have breathed a huge sigh of relief to hear the call of “It’s a boy! You have a prince!”
I am happy for the couple, and can only imagine that this little prince is just the beginning for them. Congrats and here’s to long nights, stinky messes, lack of sleep and the worry that you only get once you become a parent and your heart starts walking around outside your body. And here’s to your heart walking outside of your body! After all, such is love and isn’t that what this is? Love, at the purest form. Babies are love.
Edited to add: Out of all the photos that I have seen already today of the Royal couple heading home from the hospital with their bouncing baby prince, this is the one that made me cry. Awww…