Local landmarks did not turn pink or blue to mark their arrival but for the parents of 20 Leeds babies born yesterday (Saturday), their little bundles are just as special as the newborn princess whose birthday they share.
Tower Bridge and the fountains at Trafalgar Square were among several London tourist attractions that were lit up in pink after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a girl weighing 8lb 3oz at 8.34am.
And women across Leeds who had been counting down the days to the birth of the royal baby, along with their own, told the YEP they were excited to be able to share Prince William and Kate Middleton’s celebrations.
Little Abigail Goodwin, weighing 9lb 2oz, was welcomed into the world at St James’s Hospital, Leeds, less than two-and-a-half hours after the fourth in line to the throne was delivered at St Mary’s Hospital in west London. Proud mum Emma, of Shadwell, Leeds, said: “Abigail was 11 days late and ever since I was late I was hoping she would be born on the same day as Kate’s.”
She added: “I was in labour 32 hours. My friends were texting saying, ‘Any sign of her? Come on, Kate’s had hers’.”
According to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust there were 11 babies born at St James’s on Saturday and nine at Leeds General Infirmary.
The Royal Mint has announced it will gift 2,015 babies that were born on Saturday with a “lucky” silver penny, marked with their year of birth.
Steven Horne, whose wife Donna gave birth to little Austin in Leeds six hours before the royal tot arrived, said: “It’s nice that it was the same day as the royal baby. The coin will be something for him to keep when he’s older.”
Royal Mail is marking the new arrival of the Queen’s fifth great-grandchild with a special postmark printed on millions on items of mail being delivered on Tuesday.