A Princess is Born . . . .
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.