Monday at 16,24pm BST the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly Kate Middleton, gave birth to a son. After a lull in publicity during the pregnancy, probably due to her husband Prince Williams' influence, the media went wild. Journalists gathered outside of St Mary's Paddington where Kate had been taken around 6.00 am Monday after reportedly going into natural labour.
The door outside, leading to the private Lindo wing where Kate was admitted was awash with the media throughout the day. Although the birth was in the late afternoon the announcement of the birth was not made until around 8.30pm BST.
The fact the baby was a boy confounded pundits who seemed convnced Kate was carrying a baby girl. Even gamblers had placed more bets on girls names than boys.
Tuesday television news in the UK is featuring the birth of the royal baby above all other news. News channels with 24/7 rolling news are still concentrating on every aspect of the baby, birth and royals. Right now that suits the royal family. It has been a bumper few years for British royals with a surprising surge in their popularity especially with some young people. It would seem that republican dreams of an end to the British royalty are further away than ever.
The royals however are all to aware of how popularity with the masses can soon wane. Look back in recent history to the abdication of Edward to marry Mrs Simpson and the public outrage at notable members of the royal family following the death of Princess Diana to remind yourself of their spectacular fall from grace.
No doubt in the course of time publicity will die down, probably with some encouragement from Prince William. He has discouraged media attention and tried to achieve a relatively normal existence for himself and his wife. However as second in line to the throne William cannot pick and choose his publicity. Most people understand his concerns after his mother Diana was hounded by the media.
As third in line to the throne the new baby completes a trio not seen for some years. The Queen and the three direct heirs in line to the throne all alive at the same time.
In recent years we have had the marriage of William and Kate, the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics ll garnering royal support. Events which must be around the corner could include a change in head of state. Could that be by way of abdication? Probably not but as Prince Philip and the Queen enter the twilight years of their lives the writing has to be o the wall.
Any royal event, be it a birth, death or marriage will be utilised to keep the "firm", as many call it, going. Adoring royal watchers flocked to Buckingham Palace and Paddington Monday and Tuesday with royal fever taking hold of many. It is strange phenomenon during such austere times but perhaps people are just looking for some glitz and glamour to brighten their lives. As a republican this writer is baffled an it seems she is not alone. A blog t the BBC carried one comment which read:
1514: Mike, Stourbridge emails: I like the Royal Family and I am pleased for them, but the media coverage is so nauseatingly sycophantic. Comments like 'magical moment' and 'history being made' - what utter nonsense! I reckon most people don't care much!
And Mike we have to agree.
The Independent prefers to carry a report "Royal baby: He's just one in 2,000 born in the UK yesterday - but will know nothing of the poverty that will hit one in three of them" And sadly that is reality in the UK.
As publications recorded the news of the royal birth Private Eye opted for an unusual but factual front page. (see image below)
Central to the story now is:
Perhaps the media royal mania is part of a plan to make us all think there is a feelgood factor in the UK right now, when in truth more cuts are set to bite.?
Tuesday 7.20pm update.
The One Show which we were watching on BBC1 stopped mid-tracks. The hasty news special came with no apologies or announcement. The royal couple came out of the hospital, with baby, for a carefully controlled photo shoot. After posing for photos and answering a few questions the couple went back inside to place Baby Cambridge in a car-seat. The family drove off, William at the wheel, with the necessary security personnel in attendance.
Royal correspondent, Nicolas Witchell, who Prince Charles once said he hated when he was unknowingly caught on microphone, passed comment on royal opinion. According to him at least 80 odd percent of Brtis support the royals. Yesterday PM David Cameron said he spoke for the whole country in congratulating the royal couple. Both are obviously misinformed.