Oamaru celebrates royal birth

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The Oamaru Opera House was lit up blue last night to celebrate the birth of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s son.

The prince was born in London on Monday weighing 8lb 6 oz.

Oamaru Opera House marketing manager Kiriana Glasson said it was great to get involved in the celebrations.

”It’s a good opportunity to get in the spirit and support the royal family,” she said.

Monarchy New Zealand said in a release that the baby was born at St Mary’s Hospital, with Prince William present from the Royal family. St Mary’s Hospital was where William and Harry were born.

The son is the first child born to the couple who married on 29 April 2011, and is third-in-line for the throne, after his grandfather Prince Charles and his father, Prince William.

More than 37 landmarks across New Zealand were illumined last night to celebrate the birth, including Dunedin’s town hall, the Royal Wanganui Opera House and the town clock in Gisborne.

By Jessie Waite