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Royal Baby Fever

July 22, 2013 7:37 pm Published by

After going into labour in the early hours of this morning, the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted into the private Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London just before 6am with Prince William by her side. Said to be doing ‘very well’, Her Royal Highness is believed to be over a week past her due date, and the world is waiting with baited breath for the most important news- pink or blue?! 

Is this going to be the most expensive labour ever? One night at the Lindo wing costs a mere £6,265, but can be up to £10,000 for a natural delivery suite.  

Marks and Spencer’s have been hedging their bets on the sex of the Royal Baby by producing two bottles of wine, one in blue for the birth of baby boy, and one in pink for a baby girl. And that’s not the only merchandise going on sale- it is reported that Mothercare will release a new range of romper suits, and The Buckingham Palace Shop will release an official range in honour of the royal arrival. 

According to consumer analysts, the anticipation surrounding the Royal Birth will cause an £250million increase injection into the UK economy, mainly through memorabilia merchandise which includes over £160million spent by expert collectors on royal themed china. As well as this, Kate’s maternity wardrobe and nursery choices have been mirrored by thousands of women across the globe, including a £165 Hobbs Dalmatian Coat, which sold out in minutes after its debut at Kate’s official last royal outing whilst pregnant.  

The millions of pounds generated by the Royal Baby will boost UK tourism and the economy significantly, (even if it is only temporary). FTT Global expects more international payments coming into the UK for temporary summer stays and paying for merchandise from consumers abroad. 

 

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