Morecambe baby’s royal connections

Matthew and Victoria Blaine with daughters Beatrice and baby Harriet, born on the same day as the royal baby.
Matthew and Victoria Blaine with daughters Beatrice and baby Harriet, born on the same day as the royal baby.
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A baby born on the same day as the Royal Prince also has regal connections.

Harriet Elizabeth Blane who arrived at 3.05am on Monday, is granddaughter of Steve Blane, licensee of the aptly-named Crown hotel in Morecambe.

Harriet weighed 8lb and half an ounce and was born after a swift 15-minute labour to parents Matthew Blane and Victoria Spooner at Westmorland General Hospital.

Matthew, 34, said: “Victoria woke me up in the early hours of Monday morning and said her contractions were continuous and well spaced and increasingly getting more intense.

“We arrived at the hospital at 2.44am and she was born at 3.05am.

“I think we were conscious that Kate’s due date was approaching but Harriet actually arrived on her due date.”

Matthew and Victoria, 30, lived in Australia for a year but came back four weeks ago to stay with family in Arkholme whilst awaiting the birth of their second baby.

They already have an 18-month-old daughter Beatrice Victoria.

Matthew said: “We chose the children’s names because we like those regal names.

“Harriet shares her birthday with the future king. Sometimes it’s just nice to be patriotic and that’s what Britain is missing!

“My dad is as proud as punch to get two little princesses.”

Matthew and Victoria, 30, can apply online via The Royal Mint’s Facebook page to receive one of 2,013 commemorative coins minted for children born on the same day as the Royal baby.

The coins are worth £28 but parents can obtain one free by registering their child’s birth on the Facebook site.

The pennies, marked 2013, feature a shield of the Royal Arms and will be sent out in a blue or pink purse.

They will be accompanied by a card decorated with a teddy bear and the message, ‘Solid sterling silver good luck penny.’

Buy your Lancaster Guardian or your Visitor on Tuesday for our free 8-page royal baby souvenir pullout.