London led the way last night as famous buildings around the UK turned pink to mark the birth of the daughter of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Across the capital and beyond there was a rosy glow in the air as the celebrations for the birth of the new princess got under way.
Tower Bridge was lit up with dazzling pink lights as night began to fall in London. Kate and her daughter settled back in at Kensington Palace after a hectic day that had seen The Duchess of Cambridge give birth and leave hospital within ten hours. The famous landmark glowed throughout the evening to mark the arrival of our newest royal.
Earlier in the day, another famous sight – the BT Tower – had had the words ‘It’s A Girl’ played in loop around its summit. Meanwhile, London taxi drivers were seen buzzing about the capital with special ‘It’s A Girl’ signs on the top of their cabs too.
The London Eye glowed pink for the princess while the famous fountains at Trafalgar Square were all rosy as well. And one of the most celebrated UK landmarks of all, the Blackpool Tower, was also lit up in pink as the country got used to having a new princess.
Even the BBC joined in the fun. Throughout the day their logo, displayed between programmes, featured a cartoon baby mobile with corgis dangling at its ends, a crown and a great big pink bow at its centre.
But perhaps the most striking use of pink came from The Queen who appeared in public round six hours after the birth of her fifth great grandchild dressed in a very bright cerise coat and hat. The Queen looked very happy as she took part in a military amalgamation parade at Richmond Castle dressed in pink on the day her newest great granddaughter made her debut in the world.
And on Monday there will be more major celebrations when Royal Gun Salutes are fired in Hyde Park and at The Tower of London – the Cambridges will probably still be in the capital when they take place as they are spending their first few days as a family of four at Kensington Palace before heading to their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.
And this morning that rose hinted hue is still there with many of the main UK papers edging their front pages in pink to celebrate the birth of a princess. Her arrival may have been super speedy but the littlest royal in the land is certainly making her presence felt.
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