In a turn of events which is particularly surprising to me, a lowly peon who doesn’t really follow royal news and didn’t realize that the Duchess of Cambridge was expecting another child, the third royal baby is about to make his or her entrance into the world.
As a result, the press has descended on St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London in order to wait for the Lion King-like reveal of the newest royal.
Kensington Palace announced the Duchess of Cambridge is in “the early stages of labour.” https://t.co/7fRwbTeV2y
— Twitter Moments UK & Ireland (@UKMoments) April 23, 2018
In the midst of the press’ stakeout, however, one pair of unsuspecting new parents exited the hospital and accidentally found themselves posing for dozens of cameras.
Unsuspecting couple have new baby – and find the world’s press waiting outside. pic.twitter.com/fWcBBefLDX
— James Longman (@JamesAALongman) April 23, 2018
Fortunately, the parents seemed to be in fairly good spirits about the whole thing and certainly didn’t mind being momentarily mistaken for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
This unsuspecting couple prepared to leave St Mary’s Hospital with their new baby – not long after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived – and they were met outside by the world’s media.#5News #RoyalBaby #LindoWing | @simonvigar5 pic.twitter.com/qEVq9WrU97
— 5News (@5_News) April 23, 2018
The press was fairly amused by the unexpected exit and clapped enthusiastically for the happy couple.
A baby has arrived!! But it’s not yet Kate…this happy couple are just leaving with their new baby and all the world’s press clapping them! pic.twitter.com/mzHAFZBAox
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) April 23, 2018
The internet, collectively charmed by the sweet and awkward mixup, offered heartfelt congratulations.
Congratulations to the happy couple!!
— Julie White (@AtlasWhite) April 23, 2018
nothing but respect for my royal family https://t.co/dHnoXykEp4
— Matthew Champion (@matthewchampion) April 23, 2018
It’s like a surprise party where you accidentally yell ‘surprise’ to someone rolling in late pic.twitter.com/EOMcXtgRUk
— tori (@vmpriest) April 23, 2018
— Josh South (@joshsouth112) April 23, 2018
Living as a royal actually sounds like an extremely trying and stressful lifestyle — but being treated as a “royal” for a few precious moments before you head home to undertake the harrowing and lifelong challenge of parenting?
Well, that actually sounds fairly delightful.