Royal arrival: Anticipation mounts as Baby Sussex is set to be introduced to the world | UK News
It may not compare to the bedlam of a royal birth at the Lindo Wing, but Windsor certainly remains abuzz as locals and visitors digest the news that there is a new arrival in town.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child more than 24 hours ago, but the private nature of his arrival means there remain plenty of questions for royal fans lining the pavements outside the castle where the couple wed last year.
What will his name be? What does he look like? When will we see him?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were quick to answer many of those questions following the births of their three children at the Lindo Wing in central London, but Harry and Meghan are making everyone wait a little longer for news.
Speaking after the birth on Monday, Harry said he planned to make another announcement in two days’ time “so everyone can see the baby”.
For the most dedicated, it means an extra night or two camped outside than they would normally expect. Not that it’s done much to dampen their enthusiasm.
“I’m almost as excited as Prince Harry,” said Margaret Tyler, a veteran of royal baby celebrations, dressed in a fetching blazer covered in more Union Jacks than your average Olympics cycling podium.
Just like her accomplice, the increasingly recognisable Terry Hutt, she is planning to stay in Windsor, Berkshire, for as long as it takes to see the new Sussex baby.
Mr Hutt, wearing a bowler hat to match his similarly patriotic jacket, added: “Obviously I’m going to be here tomorrow, to wait and see the baby. If and when I do see the baby, hopefully it’ll have ginger hair.”
Similarly committed to sticking around is Sharon McEwan, who is excited by speculation that Harry and Meghan might think outside the box when it comes to naming their first child, rather than stick to tradition. She quite likes the idea of Spencer.
The modern, forward-thinking nature of the couple that has people wondering whether they might opt for such a name is also what likely makes them even more popular with royal fans overseas.
International fascination with the Royal Family is always well reflected in Windsor and the US, Canada, Germany, Japan and China were just some of the nations represented by the visitors enjoying the blue skies and fine weather on Tuesday.
Dayah Johal came to London for a family holiday from Vancouver, but news of the royal birth forced an almost immediate detour.
“We couldn’t believe the timing and we knew we had to come to Windsor to take part in the excitement,” she said.
“I love to get dressed up, wear a fancy hat and have my high tea whenever there’s a big royal event, so I can hardly believe I’m here breathing in the same air as them.”
So far as hype levels go, Ms Johal would give any royal fan a run for their money.
But nobody encapsulates the public’s obsession with the royals like self-anointed super-fan John Loughrey, who always wears his badge-laden beanie.
He admitted he missed the “party atmosphere” of being outside the Lindo Wing, but was happy enough to celebrate the new arrival with “a glass of champagne, fish and chips, and a slice of American pie”.
It’s not quite avocado on toast, but Meghan will surely appreciate the sentiment.