Little 'princess' takes a bow across the dateline

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 05:00 24/07/2013
Jacqueline and Jordan McFadyen
ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ

SO CLOSE: New Plymouth's Jacqueline and Jordan McFadyen with their baby girl who was born 16 minutes after the royal baby yesterday.

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A New Plymouth couple's baby girl born mere minutes after the royal baby yesterday is already being called "Princess" by her grandparents.

Jordan and Jacqueline McFadyen celebrated the arrival of their 3.8kg bundle of joy at 3.40am, just 16 minutes after the arrival of the third in line to the British throne, who was born at 3.24am NZ time. However, the babies do not share the same birthday as the Prince of Cambridge was born on July 22 and the McFadyen's baby girl on July 23, across the international dateline.

The little girl has not been officially named yet.

"Nan and Pops haven't met her yet but they're already calling her Princess," Mr McFadyen said.

"We were kind of thinking that she would have been a little boy," Mrs McFadyen said.

She said the theme for her daughter's first birthday would be "the little princess".

Mr McFadyen said there had been a lot of speculation about what the couple would name their child.

"There were a lot of people expecting that Jac was going to name, if it was the same sex, the child after the royal baby."

With English bookmakers Ladbrokes giving 3 to 1 odds the new royal's name will be George and 4 to 1 on James, Mrs McFadyen joked she could name her daughter Georgia.

Mrs McFadyen went into labour on Monday, not long after it had been announced the Duchess of Cambridge was in labour on the 10pm news.

"It was quite funny," Mr McFadyen said.

Despite living on opposite sides of the world, the McFadyens joked the newborns might one day meet.

"Maybe she might get a birthday invitation and maybe Mum and Dad could tag along," Mrs McFadyen said. The future king's birthdate was likely to be shared by about 167 New Zealand babies, Statistics New Zealand says.

Mrs McFadyen's little girl could live the longest, as baby boys born today in New Zealand might expect to live 90 years, and girls 93 years, acting Government statistician Dallas Welch said.

However, if heredity is anything to go by, the royal baby might live even longer - the Queen, his great-grandmother, is 87, and the Queen Mother lived to 102.

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