Gallery: Royal Baby Madness

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son Monday afternoon in London.

According to CBS News, the new prince weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz.

Kate gave birth in a private wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, the same place where Princess Diana gave birth to William and Harry.

Shane Higgins, general manager of Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis, said it’s a joyous occasion for England but the media frenzy surrounding the birth is a bit crazy.

“It’s great for the country to be center of the world again — the world’s media is there — but I don’t think it’s that important,” he said.

However, Higgins said while the birth and the media circus surrounding it is a bit much, the significance of this child is certainly history in the making.

The new prince is third in line for the British throne, but we might not even find out the name for several days. It was more than a week before the world learned Prince William’s name and more than a month before the announcement of Prince Charles’ name.

Among the many people who waited near the hospital are a couple from Liverpool, England.

“So we thought we’d be down here around about the 12th, which was the date that we were told she was expecting the birth, but we’ve been waiting ever since,” said Pat Bate of Liverpool.

A new baby is always something to celebrate, but few families do it quite like the royal family. The new prince was welcomed with a 62-gun salute from the Tower of London and a 41-gun salute near Buckingham Palace.

Higgins said they’ll have a little celebration at Brit’s — perhaps some free bubbly and a couple baby-themed prizes.

“We’ll have a shower event, ask people to donate presents and we’ll give them to children’s hospitals or something,” he said.

Brit’s had created a little buzz about the new baby, as well, holding contests and bets on the sex of the child for free lawn bowling.

Higgins said he’s heard this has been the biggest non-sport betting occasion in a long time.

“There’s money flowing,” he said.


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