Royalists toast the prince at high tea

Royalists were abuzz at news of the new heir

Last updated 05:00 24/07/2013
Corogate cafe

HEIR HEIR: Corogate cafe captured the excitement with a themed afternoon tea for confirmed Royalists.

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The Waikato erupted in celebration yesterday to welcome the most recent addition to the Royal family - the Prince of Cambridge. And over in a wee settlement near Thames, they were royally busy.

Corogate cafe experienced one of the craziest mornings they had ever had, said owner Angela Thompson following the announcement of the young Prince's birth.

There were so many people she suggested that "everyone from New Zealand that wasn't involved in the Wellington earthquakes" turned up.

Some even dressed up for the occasion.

Lifesize cardboard cutouts of William and Kate were at the door to greet them with a sign welcoming their new baby boy to the world.

Blue balloons and lights added to the festive atmosphere of the cafe which boasts a replica royal nursery complete with royal baby.

First-time customer Janet Clark described the atmosphere as bubbly.

"We're sitting here with complete strangers, chatting away together."

Co-owner Bill Thompson said they organised a special afternoon tea in the parlour for around 20 confirmed royalists.

The event was planned ahead of time with guests on call for three days until Kate "did her share".

The invited guests enjoyed food and drink with toasts made to the Queen, the baby and to the new parents.

Mr Thompson said he was pleased the announcement that Kate had gone into labour was made on Monday night because it gave them 12 hours to prepare.

"It was a lot of hard work," he said.

And from the feedback they've been getting, Mr Thompson did not think New Zealand was likely to become a republic anytime soon.

"All the republicans would have been crying into their cornflakes this morning."

He said news of a birth always gave a boost to royal popularity and this wouldn't be William's and Kate's only child.

"They always say you need an heir and a spare."

Megan Smyth is a Whitireia Polytech Journalism student

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