It's a BOY! 

By Rebecca Angel Baer
May 06, 2019

The wait is finally over. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have welcomed their first child, a boy. They did so privately in Windsor, a decision the royal couple made that breaks with the recent tradition of the royal family of having the baby at St. Mary's hospital in central London. Prince Charles and Princess Diana chose the London hospital for the birth of both of their sons in the '80's, and William and Kate followed suit with all three of their children. Traditions run deep in the house of Windsor but as we know, Meghan and Harry are making their own new traditions.

While we as the public did not get that iconic first of picture of doting parents and baby outside of the Lindo Wing, we're anxiously await a glimpse of the new bundle of royal joy on the Duke and Duchess's instagram account, which is where the gender was revealed. Mom and baby are reportedly resting and doing well. We are thrilled to welcome this half American tiny royal tot to the world.

Prince Harry even stepped out to speak to reporters about this joyous occasion:

It's safe to say though, whenever the parents let us have a peek, there will surely be an outpouring of global "ooohs" and "awwws." Royal baby fever has swept the world, and beyond general excitement, it's clear that a royal baby boom is good for business.

Lisa Francesca Nand, London based travel journalist and host of The Big Travel Podcast recently spoke with Southern Living about what this new baby will mean for the travel industry in her country.

"As a travel journalist I have to admit the arrival of Meghan and Harry's royal baby is going to be great for the country. Harry has always been the cheeky, younger royal and it's a pleasure to see him grow up, get married and become a father. It was typical of Harry to choose an American, an actress, someone who doesn't quite fit the usual royal wife mold. The royals are wonderful for tourism and this younger generation are essential to the continuation of the Royal Family. They are maintaining many of the traditions the world knows and loves but also represent a more modern version of what it meant to be a royal and have a Monarchy."

Nand recognizes that many of her fellow Brits aren't wildly supportive of the monarchy in general, the economic impact the Royals provide is undeniable.

"The idea of having a Royal Family might not be universally loved but there's no doubt the pomp and ceremony of the British royals, not to mention their historic residences, provide a huge draw for visitors to the UK. Yes, the monarchy is modernizing, but long-held traditions like the changing of the guard or the Trooping of the Colour are never going to fade away. Many Brits are rather proud of their royal heritage and such attractions also bring in a decent amount of additional tourist revenue, an estimated additional £5-6m{illion} a year," she said.

If the latest addition to the Royal family has you itching to plan a trip across the pond, Nand has several suggestions for a holiday fit for a princess (or prince.)

"London is the perfect place royal-obsessed travel, with Buckingham Palace being the obvious first point of call. However, the capital is saturated with royal palaces, castles and homes, past and present. Once you've explored the central sites from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey take a boat along the Thames eastwards to Greenwich and explore Henry VIII's old stomping ground in the historic maritime buildings and park. A short 24 miles to the west of London, Windsor Castle, where Harry and Meghan tied the knot, is also a must see, with its stunning gardens and picture-perfect turrets."

Sounds like it's time to pack your bags and head to England. You never know when you might have an official royal sighting! Maybe you'll get to congratulate the new mom and dad in person!

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