Royal arrival eagerly awaited

By Sophie Ryan

Nat Davis is playing the waiting game with the Duchess of Cambridge.

Miss Davis was due yesterday , but her new addition to the family decided it wasn't ready to arrive.

Kate is reportedly past her due date now too, and the royal baby could arrive any day now.

The Kamo mum has followed Kate's pregnancy closely, given her little one could share the same birthday as the new royal arrival.

"My friends have been asking me on Facebook whether I'm in labour yet, and I joked, 'I'm waiting for Kate to text me, then we're going to have a labour race," she said.

She said it would be exciting if they both arrive on the same day.

The Cambridges and Miss Davis' family aren't the only ones making room for a new addition to their home.

Bev Long is struggling to find space for the new royal memorabilia that she will be getting her hands on after the arrival of the royal baby. Mrs Long has been an avid collector for 60 years, and has filled her Onerahi home to the brim with china tea sets, vases, figurines and more, all dedicated to the royal family.

She is excited about the arrival of the royal baby, and says she hopes it is a girl.

"It'd be nice for the first-born to be a girl, and be Queen one day."

Mrs Long is anticipating the new pieces that she will be adding to her collection in honour of the new heir.

She is in touch with her friends in the UK who can send pieces over to her as soon as they are available, three days after the birth.

She isn't tired of waiting for the birth announcement, she says. "One way or another, it will come when it is ready."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have done wonders for the royal family's popularity, she says.

She has a special cabinet full of memorabilia dedicated to the couple.

When it comes to naming the young heir, she says a tribute to Princess Diana could feature nicely.

"I think Frances, Diana's second name, would be nice for a girl.

"Or for a boy, they might use Spencer, Diana's maiden name. Those are my kind of picks."

Mrs Long is known for her royal-themed high teas.

When Prince Charles and Camilla visited New Zealand last year, Mrs Long hosted high teas with 50 people over one weekend.

She is hosting her next on Saturday, July 27, in honour of the royal baby. She invites anyone who is a devoted royal fan.

Call Bev on 09 436 0558 if you'd like to join her.

When the Advocate asked its Facebook followers what Northland gift could be sent to William and Kate when the royal baby arrives, Melanie Coutts suggested, "a kauri clock", while Holly Gunner said, "One of those buzzie bee things William played with when he came to NZ as a baby with his own mum and dad because it's a Kiwi icon".

Daph Pawson was not keen, saying "Sorry, nothing! I'm sure there are more needy babies in Northland. I'm sure the 'royals' will cope!"

However, Krystal Surowiez suggested that a baby boy could be sent an All Blacks babygro.

- Northern Advocate

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