When Prince George was born in 2013, he was celebrated around the world

By Stephanie Petit
April 10, 2019 12:22 PM
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Celebratory plans for the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s baby are underway!

The royal couple may have just moved from London to Windsor Castle’s Frogmore Cottage in the country, but their royal baby will be heralded in England’s capital. The London Eye will glow red, white and blue — the colors of the Union Jack (and of Meghan’s home country’s flag, of course!) — over the River Thames to mark the child’s birth.

Landmarks around London have a history of lighting up in honor of new members of the royal family. Last April when Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their third child, Prince Louis, the observation wheel was illuminated in red, white and blue, while the Tower Bridge and the Golden Jubilee Bridges glowed in blue to celebrate the baby boy’s arrival.

When Prince George was born in 2013, he was welcomed around the world – Indian sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik created a tribute to the royal babe on a beach in Puri, the Toronto sky was illuminated by the bright blue lights of the CN Tower and New York City specialty shop Tea amp Sympathy hung a “It’s a Boy!” sign in its window.

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London Eye
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Of course, no one knows exactly when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s little one will arrive. During the couple’s visit to the town of Birkenhead in January, Meghan told the crowd the baby is set to arrive in late April – so any day now!

Meghan Markle in January
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Meghan, 37, headed to New York City in February for a baby shower with some of her closest friends – and stateside residents are already holding their own celebrations for the new parents. The women of St. Andrews Estates, a senior living community in Boca Raton, Florida, recently held their own baby shower in honor of the royal family’s soon-to-be newest member.

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St. Andrews Estates Baby Shower
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The bash had all the makings of a traditional shower – such as a game to guess how many candies were in a baby bottle – as well as a touch of England. Party goers drank tea and sported their most amazing hats and fascinators, just like Meghan and Kate wear to royal events.

Both pink and blue balloons served as decorations, given that the Duchess of Sussex has said they don’t know if they’re having a girl or boy and will let it be a surprise.