Parents' joy as their "princess" is born on same day as royal baby
AS KATE Middleton stepped out of St Mary's Hospital last Tuesday, cheers erupted, champagne corks were popped around the world and press photographers snapped away as if their lives depended on it.
Just 24 miles away at East Surrey Hospital, Lyn Prangle cradled her little princess in her arms, having given birth seven hours and ten minutes after the Duchess of Cambridge and, at 11.34pm last Monday, just on the same day as the new prince was born.
Baby Holly weighed 8lb 3oz, just under the 8lb 6oz Prince George weighed in at.
Lyn's exit was rather less rapturous as she left the hospital with baby Holly and her partner Kevin Jones to return to their Bewbush home and order a Pizza Hut takeaway.
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The 28-year-old, of Capricorn Close, said: "I had to be induced on Sunday because by then Holly was already 11 days late.
"My friends and family were all saying I was crossing my legs to make sure I gave birth on the same day as Kate.
"It couldn't be further from the truth. For my own comfort it would have been a lot nicer if Holly had been born earlier.
"Kate looked a lot more glamorous and composed than I did when it came to leaving the hospital. We made a quick escape for the car. It was just lovely to all be home together as a family."
The midwives were much more aware of the fact Holly could be born at the same time as the royal baby than Lyn was.
She said: "I couldn't watch any of the TV coverage because I had been in hospital from the day before, waiting to give birth. I missed it all.
"The midwives were all excited and kept letting us know what was happening.
"A celebratory cake was delivered to the hospital for all the staff and new mums, there were four of us, but I was too late to get any.
"When it was getting nearer and nearer to midnight it reached the point where we didn't think Holly was going to be born on the same day."
Lyn and Kevin have sent off Holly's birth certificate to get one of the commemorative coins which all UK parents who gave birth on the same day as Prince George was born can apply for.
Prince William's first remark to the waiting media was that his newborn son had "a good pair of lungs on him", a trait, to the relief of Lyn and Kevin, 33, Holly does not share.
She added: "Holly has been very quiet so far. All she seems to do is eat and sleep."
Lyn, who also has a four-year-old son, William Jones, has no worries about Holly sharing a birthday with a future king.
She said: "It will probably always come up in conversation with people.
"My friends and family will never have an excuse for forgetting Holly's birthday now."