Congratulatory messages from Dacorum to the new parents of a future king will be hand-delivered to the royal family, thanks to a brainwave by a Hemel Hempstead town centre shopping centre.
Riverside Shopping Centre produced a palatial greetings card to celebrate the birth of the royal bundle of joy, named George Alexander Louis by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The card was set up inside Debenhams on Saturday and is being couriered directly to the secretary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from Clarence House, who has agreed to have it hand delivered to the Royal Family.
Hannah, Paul and Daniel wrote: “Congratulations William and Kate, beautiful baby George will bring you much joy and happiness over the coming years,” while Paula said: “Great name – I’ve got a George, too!”
Ben and Charlotte wished Wills and Kate many happy and blessed years with their son, and Hayley wrote about how “adorable” the young prince is.
Riverside manager David Robinson said: “The nation has been so excited about the arrival of Prince George and we are delighted to be able to arrange for our shoppers to get involved in this historical event.
“It’s a great opportunity for the local community to send their personal wishes direct to the next generation of the royal family and we are honoured here at Riverside to provide the platform for them to do so.”
The arrival of Prince George, who is the third in line to the throne, has also inspired Dacorum Borough Council and Herts County Council to share their pride.
The Civic Centre on Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, celebrated the birth by flying the Union flag high, while it was also raised along with the county flag outside County Hall in Hertford. Herts County Council chairman Richard Smith said: “Many congratulations to the royal couple on the safe arrival of their son – this is wonderful news. I’m sure there have been a lot of celebrations in Hertfordshire as in previous years we have seen a great turn out for the royal wedding and the Queen’s Jubilee.
“Anyone keen to organise a street party with friends and neighbours to celebrate the royal arrival can find out more and apply on our website at www.hertsdirect.org/streetparties.”
Hertfordshire was crowned the street party capital of the whole country for both the royal wedding in 2011 and the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012, with a record-breaking 451 parties hosted last year.
Asda Hemel Hempstead is running a competition for new or expectant parents to win a royal-themed hamper, including ‘Future Queen’ and ‘King In Training’ baby packs and champagne, as well as commemorative tea towels for 10 runners-up. Enter before August 6 at your.asda.com/baby-club/royal-baby-prize-draw.
The Gazette also recently reported that Dacorum has regal taste in names, as the most popular name for baby boys in 2012 was George.
The name of the new prince’s uncle, Harry, was also in the top five.
However, Dacorum’s registration office The Bury, in Queensway, Hemel Hempstead, says it is too soon to predict a surge in popularity for baby George’s middle names Alexander or Louis, or William or Kate.