London’s mini ‘infantry’: London babies welcome the royal baby in true regal fashion
07 May 2019
Baby Londoners take to the streets of the capital in royal attire to welcome the royal arrival.
Three baby Londoners have taken to the streets of the capital in traditional royal outfits to ‘coo’ hello to the 7th in line to the throne, as London’s tourism officials celebrate the birth of the new royal arrival.
Joining the babies to celebrate was Penny the beagle, a nod to Meghan Markle’s beloved pet beagle, Guy.
Laura Citron, CEO of London & Partners, which runs Visit London said, “Huge congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their gorgeous baby boy. London is proud to have played a big part in the couple’s love story, from their first date to their first home, so we feel a great sense of warmth and excitement about this special time. The city has been busily preparing for the birth with everything from motherhood-themed afternoon teas to royal baby exhibitions to a special baby butler service!
“While it’s impossible to quantify the effect the birth of a new royal baby will have on the number of tourists visiting London, it’s clear that the city’s royal connections and attractions are key drivers in attracting people from all over the world to the capital. And of course, London is a great place for families, so we look forward to welcoming Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their new addition to the city very soon.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
- Frank (baby beefeater)
- Yuvi (baby king)
- Zoe (baby queen)
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The appeal of the royal residences draws millions of tourists every year. Brand Finance estimates that the overall uplift to the sector is a staggering £550 million, making the contribution to tourism the largest of the benefits generated by the Monarchy. In 2016, over 2.7 million tourists visited Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and other key royal attractions. An additional boost comes from merchandise sales.
Nonetheless, the Monarchy does not only benefit the main UK landmarks, it also brings an influx of tourists into places that members of the Royal Family visit. Bookings for hotels increased 30% year-on-year after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed on the island of Anglesey where Prince William was stationed during his military service.