Thursday 23 November 2017

Byrony Gordon: Middletons bring wonderful normality to the occasion

Byrony Gordon

Did they hail the taxi on the street? Did Michael Middleton stick out one hand and whistle, before announcing: "To Paddington, please driver!" How much, exactly, was the fare, and were they generous with their tip?

Yesterday afternoon, Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, became the royal baby's first visitors, drawing up to St Mary's hospital in London in a dusty old hackney carriage, their mode of transport an apt symbol of the wonderful normality they have brought to the British royal family.

The little prince may be a future king, but let us not forget that one of his grandfathers is a former flight dispatcher and his grandmother an air hostess. Boy oh boy is 'Doors-to-Manual' laughing now.

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