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Royal birth frenzy leaves some perplexed

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 - 01:23

July 23 - After weeks of royal baby frenzy, some Europeans are left perplexed as to what the fuss is about. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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One little baby sets off a flurry of news bulletins around the world. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge William and Kate welcomed their first son Monday afternoon in London. The world's media has been on baby watch, offering moment-by-moment coverage if very little actual news. Though headlines heralded "excitement" and "jubilation", some Europeans were not too excited about the news. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PASSER-BY CATHERINE SAYING: "The birth of a baby is always a good thing, royal or not. That's all. But when you make a big deal out of it... But the English are like that. They love their monarchy, and that's great. If it suits them, then great." (SOUNDBITE) (German) THERESA [SURNAME NOT GIVEN] SAYING: "I am very happy about the baby being born, as well. But I think there was a bit too much fuss about this," says this German woman. "Of course I am happy but I think it would have been nicer for the family as well to have a bit of privacy. I thought it was a bit too much that the reporters have been camping in front of the hospital for weeks and really besieged them." William and Kate are expected to follow tradition by giving the public the first sight of the newborn on the steps as they leave St Mary's Hospital in west London - just as Prince Charles and Princess Diana did with William.

Royal birth frenzy leaves some perplexed

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 - 01:23

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