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Shawl fit for a prince

Last updated 05:00 25/07/2013
Cynthia Read
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ROYAL GIFT: The lace shawl is displayed by its knitter Cynthia Read.

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A hand-spun and knitted lace shawl is New Zealand's gift to the new royal baby boy.

But other knitters are encouraged to make baby singlets for new parents at their nearest maternity and neonatal units rather than send any more baby clothes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The shawl gift has been designed by Margaret Stove who was responsible for a similar one given at Prince William's birth in 1982. Cynthia Read spun the wool and knitted the shawl.

Prime Minister and Helensville MP John Key is among the many congratulating the royal couple.

"This is wonderful news for Prince William and Catherine," Mr Key says

"The birth of a child is a time of great joy and excitement, and I know they will make excellent parents.

"New Zealanders remember with fondness the visit of Prince William when he was just a toddler, playing on the lawn of Government House with a Buzzy Bee," Mr Key says.

"It would be a great pleasure to welcome Prince William's son to New Zealand as well."

New Zealand's High Commissioner to Britain, Sir Lockwood Smith, also hopes the couple will bring the baby to New Zealand.

The Sky Tower and Auckland War Memorial Museum were lit up in blue to celebrate the birth.

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