A Princess is Born . . . .

Evergreen - - Contents Summer 2015 - Stephen Gar­nett

For many observers, the news that, on Satur­day 2nd May, the Duchess of Cam­bridge had given birth to a daugh­ter at St. Mary’s Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don, was greeted with as much ex­cite­ment and ju­bi­la­tion as if a lit­tle girl had been born into their own fam­ily. And in a sense, they were right. Such is the af­fec­tion for the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge — both in the United King­dom and around the world — we re­ally do care about their hap­pi­ness and well- be­ing and take an in­ter­est in their lives and ac­tiv­i­ties. And, of course, ev­ery­one loves a princess! I am sure that we will all en­joy watch­ing her blos­som and bloom dur­ing the next few years.

The day af­ter the event I was in my lo­cal shop buy­ing a news­pa­per, and just about ev­ery front page fea­tured a pho­to­graph of the new ar­rival. As I handed over my money, the girl on the till looked wist­fully at the pic­ture of the sleep­ing baby and said, al­most sadly, “Poor mite”, sens­ing, per­haps, that for all the joy of the oc­ca­sion, the cheer­ing crowds and the boost to morale that the birth of a royal baby al­ways brings to the na­tion, the in­no­cent child — how­ever priv­i­leged she might be — will spend her life in the public spotlight. It was a sym­pa­thetic demon­stra­tion of con­cern from a mem­ber of that public, and an il­lus­tra­tion, once again, of how the peo­ple of Bri­tain have taken Kate and Wil­liam — and lit­tle Ge­orge, of course — to their hearts. Amid much spec­u­la­tion in the media, the girl in the shop also ac­cu­rately pre­dicted that Diana would be one of the names cho­sen for the princess.

It was in­evitable that a few less- than- sup­port­ive voices would also be heard, with one or two com­plain­ing that the cov­er­age given to the event on tele­vi­sion was ex­ces­sive. I found it a blessed re­lief from the wall- to- wall re­port­ing of the Gen­eral Elec­tion cam­paign and a re­fresh­ing respite, how­ever brief, from all the bad news. It also demon­strated how, in an ever- chang­ing world, the Royal Fam­ily re­mains a solid, re­li­able pres­ence in our lives. I look for­ward to an even greater flag- wav­ing jam­boree in 2016 when our re­mark­able, much- loved Queen cel­e­brates her 90th birth­day.

I am sure that you will join me in con­grat­u­lat­ing the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge and wish­ing Princess Char­lotte El­iz­a­beth Diana all the very best for the fu­ture. Her lov­ing par­ents will watch over her. So too will all of us.

Out­side the hos­pi­tal, the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge show their new daugh­ter to the watch­ing world.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.