Pomp and Pageantry, deeply imbued in tradition, will continue today and for the next few days in the country to mark the arrival of the future king of England as Brits celebrate the royal birth. Reports say these rituals give the country a deep sense of history.
In keeping with tradition, the formal bulletin of the birth announcement was posted last night outside the Buckingham Palace on an ornate easel to great cheers. It stated, “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4:26 pm today.” According to reports the announcement will be on display for 24 hours for visitors to look at.
A surging crowd shouting, “Hip! Hip! Hooray!” and singing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” greeted the car carrying the announcement from the hospital to the palace.
“Oyez, Oyez! We welcome a future king,” a town crier in full regalia unfurled a banner and shouted to cheering crowds. Reports say that Tony Appleton, the 76-year-old Essex town crier was not officially part of the palace’s plans. However, he became an instant celebrity.
London mayor Boris Johnson said Trafalgar Square’s famous fountains will remain illuminated with blue lights for the next six days to rejoice in the royal birth. In central London, London Eye proclaimed the royal birth in red, white and blue colors and the BT tower made the announcement on its pillar.
Even a full moon appeared over Buckingham palace’s usually dreary skies on a balmy London evening. Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer noted, “My father always told us how Diana was born on just such a blisteringly hot day, at Sandringham, in July 1961. It’s another very happy summer’s day, half a century on.”
We’re all so pleased, it’s wonderful news,” he added.
Reports say celebrations will continue today. A gun salute will be followed by peals of bells from the Westminster Abbey. The bells will start ringing at 2 p.m. today and continue ringing for 3 hours. According to the country’s Minister of Defense gun salutes are fired to celebrate the birth of every prince or princess. The last royal salute for a birth was for Princess Eugenie in 1990.
Around the world, people expressed their joy at the birth. In Canada, the lights at Niagara Falls illuminated blue to mark the birth. Also the CN Tower in Toronto was lit up blue.
Stephen Harper, Canada’s prime minister on behalf of all Canadians sent his “heartfelt congratulations” to the royal parents and the whole royal.
In Australia, a message proclaiming the birth and congratulating the royal couple was displayed on a large screen at Melbourne’s Federation Square.
Kevin Rudd, the Australian Prime Minister wished “the Royal bub all the best.”
“I think all Australians at the bottom of their hearts wish the Royal bub all the best, and certainly wish the new parents all the best as well,” he said.
He added, “When a new bub comes into the world, any old day, any part of the world, it is frankly a time for rejoicing.”
In the US, President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle sent their good wishes to the parents.
The president’s message read, “Michelle and I are so pleased to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the joyous occasion of the birth of their first child. We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings. The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations. Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince. “
Reports say the new prince weighing 8lb 6oz at birth is the heaviest future king to be born in recent history.
By Perviz Walji