AS the world watched on – many thousands glued to their television screens – Kate and William emerged from the hospital doors clutching their new bundle of joy.
With smiles and waves, the royal couple presented Prince George of Cambridge to their adoring public, marking a historic moment in British history.
For fans of the royal family, this week’s birth of the future king was very special indeed. And every parent across the Capital – supporters of the monarchy or not – will have understood what a unique moment it was for the Duke and Duchess.
Hospitals across the Lothians have shared such euphoria over the years as new life is brought into the world. Such was the case in November 1964 when triplets Joanne, William and Diane Mazs were born at Bangour Hospital in West Lothian.
Hospital staff presented new mum Joan and her husband with sleeping bags for the youngsters, who were bound to keep their Whitburn parents busy over the coming years.
In March 1964, it was the turn of 22-year-old Elizabeth Pearson, from Bo’ness, to experience the delight of having a child – born just eight minutes after the Queen had given birth to Prince Andrew.
Born at Elsie Inglis Maternity Hospital, the proud first-time mother learned of the royal baby moments after her son, Grant, made his entry.
Eight years later, there was a particularly special moment at the Capital’s Simpson Maternity Hospital when Kirstie Rae, the first baby born to a kidney transplant mother, was reunited with her mum, Margaret, after a spell in hospital.