MUMS and dads have been celebrating after their new arrivals came into the world on the same day as the royal baby.
With a fitting regal middle name, Jack William Crompton, arrived ahead of the new princess at 5.40am, weighing 9lbs 5oz.
Mum Victoria Crompton, 28, from Seaburn Dene, said she was delighted to have given birth on the same day as the Duchess of Cambridge.
“I like to think she copied me,” she joked. The new mum, who is married to Colin, 30, said: “William is a family name, but it’s nice that it has a royal link too.”
Colin, who was one of a number of excited dads at Sunderland Royal Hospital’s maternity unit, added: “I was celebrating with the midwives after Jack’s birth when the news came in about Kate being in labour, so it ended up being a double celebration.”
Jack will be entitled to receive one of 2,015 free lucky silver pennies which will be produced by The Royal Mint to mark today’s royal birth.
Parents of newborns who share a birthday with the new princess will have to register the birth of their child on The Royal Mint’s Facebook page to receive the commemorative gift.
The silver coin will be minted with the one penny’s Royal Shield design and the new effigy of the Queen, which was unveiled in March.
Victoria said: “Labour was painful, but totally worth it. I’m hoping we can get one of the coins as it will be a nice keepsake for Jack to have.”
Heather Summers was in labour when she discovered Kate Middleton had given birth.
The 20-year-old from Hendon gave birth to her first child, Jordarna Lai Wood. Named after her dad, Jordan Wood, 23, Jordarna made her entrance at 1.37pm weighing 7lbs 8oz.
Heather said: “I was still pushing when I heard the news. It’s unique that she was born on the same day as the royal princess, definitely something to tell her when she’s older.”
Another mum celebrating was Gemma Berry from Hetton who gave birth to daughter Esme, who weighed 6lbs 3oz at 3.22am this morning.
The princess - who is fourth in line to the throne - was safely delivered at 8.34am today.
The Duke of Cambridge, who was present for the birth of the 8lbs 3oz baby girl, brought his 21-month-old son Prince George to visit his sister at St Mary’s Hospital, west London.
He told the waiting crowds the couple were “very happy.”
As well as The Royal Mint marking the occasion, Royal Mail is celebrating the birth of the royal baby with a special postmark, the first time in the company’s history that a postmark has been dedicated to a royal birth.
Royal Mail’s postmark will appear on millions of items of mail delivered nationwide on Tuesday and will feature the copy “Congratulations TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their daughter.”
Andrew Hammond, Director of Stamps & Collectibles at Royal Mail, said: “The birth of a new royal baby is a momentous occasion so we wanted to honour and celebrate it by doing something we have never done before. We are excited to share the joy with the millions of customers that use Royal Mail every day.”