Beaming proudly from her hospital bed, Shauni Hopkins holds her very own newborn prince.
As the eyes of the world were fixed firmly on the nation’s capital for the birth of the royal baby, a number of mums in the Portsmouth area were welcoming their own.
One of those was 20-year-old Shauni, who gave birth to son Frazor Hampton on the same day as the royal couple.
Last night, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they ‘could not be happier’ after they became the proud parents of a baby boy.
William was at Kate’s hospital bedside as she gave birth to a son weighing 8lbs 6oz at 4.24pm yesterday.
Kensington Palace said both mother and baby were doing well.
The birth came only hours after Frazor was born at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
The similarities between the royal baby and newborn Frazor don’t stop with just the date of birth.
Both were well past their due dates, with Frazor being 10 days overdue.
Shauni, like the Duchess of Cambridge, also chose not to learn the sex of her child before he was born.
And both sets of parents were surely delighted to have their own sons to treat like royalty.
Shauni, of Botley Drive in Leigh Park, said: ‘I had been saying for the last 10 days that he was hanging on until the royal baby was born, and it turns out he was.
‘When I finally went into labour I thought maybe he wouldn’t wait until the same day but in the end they will share a birthday.
‘I like the Duchess of Cambridge because she seems quite normal and very down to earth.
‘I know a lot of people say things like that but it’s true, you can tell by the way she acts and speaks and carries herself.
‘It’s nice and something a bit special that Frazor will share a birthday with a prince.’
In total, 11 babies were born in the maternity unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital yesterday.
Karen Brook, the midwife on duty at Queen Alexandra Hospital last night, said: ‘It’s very nice and it gives everyone a good feeling.
‘Everyone here has been happy and chatting about the royal baby and wondering when she would deliver.
‘I’m really glad to have been working today, because it’s something I won’t forget.
‘It’s also really nice for the mums here to be able to have that connection.’
The Royal Mint has produced 2,013 silver coins to mark the occasion of the royal baby’s birth.
Parents will now have 60 days following the birth of their child to obtain one on their newborn’s behalf.
Karen added: ‘The parents will all be sending off for their silver pennies, I’m sure.
‘That’s something else that’s nice for them to mark the occasion.’
Giving a silver gift to mark the arrival of a new baby has been seen throughout history as a way to wish them wealth and good health throughout their life. The silver penny, which comes presented in a pink or blue pouch, is marked with the year 2013 to commemorate the baby girl or boy’s year of birth.
It features a shield of the Royal Arms.
News of the royal birth was issued in a statement by Kensington Palace at 8.30pm yesterday.
Last night, the Duke of Cambridge was spending the night with his wife as they bonded with their new son at the Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London.
And across the area here in Portsmouth, a number of new families were settling in for their own first nights with a new arrival. All received a gift to mark being born on the same day as the new prince.