President Obama and U.S. lawmakers on Monday congratulated Britain's royal family on the birth of a new prince.
“Michelle and I are so pleased to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the joyous occasion of the birth of their first child,” Obama said in a statement. “We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings.
“The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations. Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was one of the first ones out of the gate in tweeting her congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton. The royal couple gave birth to an 8 pound, 6 ounce baby boy at about 4:24 p.m. London time.
“Wishing Prince William and Duchess Kate much joy and happiness as Great Britain welcomes the newest member of the Royal Family,” Pelosi tweeted.
“The U.S. shares your joy, as you welcome this precious gift into the world,” added Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).
The baby becomes third in line to the throne. His title is Prince of Cambridge, but he does not yet have a common name, leading at one lawmaker to suggest his own.
“Royal baby boy 4 William & Kate!” tweeted Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). “Every baby a joyous miracle. Name suggestion to royal couple, 'Steve.' Just seems to fit a future king:-)”
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) even managed to make a currency joke out of the announcement.
“The baby weighed a little over 8 pounds,” he tweeted. “Or about $12.29 in US dollars.”
Middleton gave birth to her son at St. Mary's Hospital in London, where her husband and brother-in-law, Princes William and Harry, respectively, were born. The hashtag used by Pelosi, #RoyalBaby is currently trending on twitter.
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