Spalding’s own ‘little princess’ is being celebrated after a right royal surprise delivery.
Lexie Louise Richardson was born at Peterborough City Hospital on the same day as Prince George of Cambridge – Monday, July 22.
Last week “a man wearing a suit and driving a white van” pulled up at her home in Lansdale Court to present her with a silver commemorative coin.
As the world watched the Prince’s christening yesterday (Wednesday), Lexie’s mum and dad Jason Richardson and Chanel Gratton were recalling the moment they realised their daughter had been born on a very historic day.
Jason (20) said: “Chanel was overdue and was really fed-up, but we kept saying ‘the royal baby isn’t here yet – ours could still be born on the same day’ to try and cheer her up.
“Lexie was the first baby to be born at the hospital on that day – at 1.20am. We were well-chuffed when they came and told us she had been born on the same day as the royal baby.
“The staff presented us with a stage two box of nappies from the royal family to thank us for sharing the day. That was a surprise, but they are still too big for Lexie.”
Chanel said: “Lexie is our little princess, but it is nice that we have the coin and can tell her all about it when she gets older.
”We’ll probably put it in a necklace for her.”
The couple applied for the coin on the Royal Mint website. It arrived in a pink bag with a message ‘Every baby deserves a royal welcome’.
On a certificate were the words ‘Presented to a special baby born on the same day as His Royal Highness, Prince George of Cambridge’.
The historic christening of Prince George of Cambridge was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and saw Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge break with tradition and hold the ceremony in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace.
The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William were all christened at Buckingham Palace.
A date is yet to be set for Lexie’s christening but the couple are planning a traditional event.
Jason said: “The royal family kept Prince George’s christening quiet.
“We’ve been looking at churches and venues but had we known the date we would have tried to do it on the same day and had the full set.”