Region welcomes host of new babies on the same day as royal prince

Andy Warren with baby Jessica Warren. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Andy Warren with baby Jessica Warren. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Archant

The new royal baby will be sharing his birthday with a number of new additions across our region.

Saul Van Oudtshoorn with Leon. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Saul Van Oudtshoorn with Leon. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Archant

Tonight nearly 20 newborn babies had entered the world at hospitals in Suffolk and Essex on the same day as the new prince.

Ipswich Hospital topped the number of new arrivals – by 3pm yesterday staff in the maternity unit had welcomed seven new babies.

The closest in terms of time of birth to the royal baby was Jessica Lily Warren, who was born at 12.28pm, an hour and a half after the new royal.

Jessica weighed 7lb 13oz and was born to EADT and Ipswich Star sports reporter Andy Warren and his wife Vicky.

Ipswich baby born the same day as the royal baby. Sam and Penelope Thurston. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich baby born the same day as the royal baby. Sam and Penelope Thurston. Picture: GREGG BROWN


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Mr Warren said: “It’s been weird actually. We were in hospital from 3am and all our family text us about the royal baby.”

Like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Andy and Vicky chose not to find out their baby’s gender.

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Mr Warren said: “It was very strange, we knew we were having our baby today. I was a bit worried that if our baby was a boy that it would have the same name as the new prince.”

Both mother and baby are now said to be doing well.

Andy and Vicky Warren with Jessica Lily Warren who now shares the same birthday as the baby prince.

Andy and Vicky Warren with Jessica Lily Warren who now shares the same birthday as the baby prince. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Archant

“She’s good as gold,” he said about his daughter, “she’s a princess.”

It was a real family affair for another new arrival, Penelope Jean Thurston, who was also born at Ipswich Hospital.

With Penelope – who weighed 6lb 2oz – being born at the same hospital as dad Sam Thurston had been. As for the royal arrival Sam was unaware that Penelope would be sharing her birthday with a famous name.

“I had no idea,” said Mr Thurston, “I didn’t actually know until 3pm when I went online.

“It’s quite a nice thing.”

Last night he had just given Penelope her first nappy change and she was already sleeping.

Elsewhere in the region six new arrivals from Colchester Hospital will share their birthday with the royal baby.

West Suffolk Hospital delivered the closest to the new royal locally after a baby was born there at 11.34am, around half an hour after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new arrival in London.

The special delivery was one of five babies that had been born at the hospital in Bury St Edmunds by 5pm.

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