When we made our plans to head to London this summer, my first thought was if there was any way we could time our visit to coincide with the much-anticipated birth of the royal baby. At the time, it seemed like the world was on constant baby watch, counting down the days until Prince William and Princess Kate welcomed their child and future heir to the throne to the world. And, I was no different.
I got caught up in royal baby fever, and I relished the possibility that our vacation could potentially bring our family to London at the same time the royal baby made its grand entrance into the public spotlight. But, alas, we were a few weeks late. We left for London on August 4, and HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born on July 22.
But, as expected, royal baby fever was still going strong in August, and I took comfort in the anticipation of all of the souvenirs that would be offered to locals and tourists alike. And, I was not disappointed at all. It seemed like every store window - no matter what it sold - put a retail spotlight on various items that celebrated William and Kate and their new son. Congratulatory signs were also in store windows and on building exteriors to recognize the historic and beloved occasion.
While I didn't have room in my suitcase for all of the many, many royal baby souvenirs I spied while my family was in London, I did manage to buy a few smaller ones. And, I made sure to capture as many items as possible in pictures - for all of you too. Below is a look at the many ways London businesses celebrated the birth of Prince George - and offered people like me the chance to take home a precious souvenir (or two...).
Were you excited about the birth of the royal baby, too? Did you purchase any souvenirs to commemorate the occasion? Would you want to buy any of the items included in the photo gallery? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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