WASHINGTON — The hashtag #RoyalBaby was trending most of yesterday as news broke that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was in labor and going to give birth to a prince.
All of Britain, and even parts of America, were enthralled and obsessed with the news. Reuters reports that the couple had their baby boy at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital.
The baby’s name will be announced later and British bookmakers say that George and James are the frontrunners for the boy’s name. The boy is now the third-in-line for the British throne after Prince Charles (the baby’s grandfather) and the baby’s father William.
People and camera crews lined up outside the hospital to await the traditional public view of the baby on the steps of the hospital.
The royal prince weighed 8 lbs 6 oz at 8:30 p.m. and both mother and child are doing well.
The hoopla reached a fever pitch with the British newspaper the Sun temporarily renaming itself the Son. The Guardian newspaper created a filter for its readers if they did not want to hear more baby news.
This comes at a time where Britain is facing economic budget cuts and what Europeans call “austerity”, which is losing popularity as the economic crisis and stagnation continues. Germany has held up the eurozone economy so far, but analysts say this cannot last forever. With worsening German investor confidence, it could spell an end to the prosperity of Europe if circumstances do not change.