Since my column last month, three phenomena happened in Britain:
1. After the 2013 Wimbledon coin toss (after which the outcome traditionally goes a little awry for Team GB), Andy Murray won the thing in straight sets;
2. The Meteorological Office forgot to tell Brits not to spend their pennies on exotic holidays to faraway places, since Britain was going to be hotter than the sun come July; and
3. A woman had a baby.
Of those three, Kate Middleton having a baby boy named Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge came in a clear winner for many. Certainly the case for the 2,013 new mothers who gave birth on the same day as Kate, and who will each be gifted a silver penny from The Royal Mint.
A nice gesture, perhaps, but in these times of a near triple-dip recession and ever increasing prices, maybe something a little more useful could be considered the next time there is a Royal birth?
My husband and I used to favour going to a Cash & Carry and buying a new mother the biggest box of nappies they stocked – or several boxes. Believe me brand new parents, 500 nappies do not last as long as you might think.
A little pedestrian? Yes, but practical gifts to non-Royal couples become invaluable when the pennies are not stretching as far as a new baby’s needs.
The heads and tails of it to my mind is that a commemorative penny is nice. The penny may finally drop, though, as to its ultimate usefulness when there are no more pennies falling from heaven…commemorative or otherwise…to help with the many expensive demands of a new (non-Royal) baby.
writing for The Eastern Daily Press
Originally entitled: Has The Penny Finally Dropped On The Royal Baby?