New mums in Blackpool are enjoying a double celebration at the news their little ones share a Royal birthday.
It was a busy day for midwives at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s maternity wing on Monday, while in the capital Kate Middleton was in labour with the future heir to the throne.
Freckleton mum Toni Manning, hopes the prince will visit Blackpool when he’s older and fall in love with her daughter, Hope Isabella Kirkby.
Toni, 23, said: “I’ve been following the royal pregnancy and comparing our bumps to try and guess when she was due.”
Toni said she is glad Hope has the same birthday as the royal baby because she wanted the keepsake silver penny which is being sent out to all children born on the same day to commemorate the occasion by the Royal Mint.
Hope’s dad Aron Kirkby added: “It’s nice for her to share the same birthday as a royal.”
Hope was born at 7.14am on Monday, weighing 8lbs 7oz.
The new prince made his arrival at 4.24pm on Monday, weighing 8lbs and 6oz, with William the Duke of Cambridge by Kate’s side .
Also sharing a royal birthday is little Barry Royds, who was born at 2.09am weighing 7lbs 5oz.
Mum Amy Dalton, 17, of South Shore, said: “I found out I was pregnant the same time we found out about Kate Middleton so it is quite exciting.”
Tyler John Harvey made an appearance at 9.50am, weighing 6lbs 3oz to parents Sarah Meredith, 23, and Allan Harvey, 24.
Sarah, from Blackpool, said: “It’s all quite exciting.
“I’ve been looking at what Kate’s been wearing through her pregnancy.”
Lytham mum Kirsty Bargh said she and husband Russell were delighted their second daughter arrived on the same day as the royal baby.
Harriett Lily was born at 9.30am, weighing in at 8lbs 8oz. Kirsty, who also has an 18-month-old daughter Louise, said: “I was mid-contractions when I saw it come up on the news Kate had gone into labour. It was quite a good distraction really.
“It was really nice knowing Harriett Lily was born on the same day as the prince, it was the icing on the cake of a special and fantastic day.
“Who knows, maybe they could even have a joint 21st at Buckingham Palace?”
But little Tyrese Hadgraft couldn’t wait for a royal birthday, and arrived on Sunday weighing 6lbs 7oz.
Mum Jade Davis, 24, from Fleetwood, said: “I wanted it to be the same day as the royal baby, but no-one knows when these things are going to happen.”
The new mums aren’t the only people in Blackpool celebrating the royal arrival.
Blackpool Tower was lit up blue and anyone who shares a birthday with the royal baby is being invited into Madame Tussauds for free throughout the summer.
The waxworks has set up a book of congratulations next to its figures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which will be posted to Kensington Palace when it is full.