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UK party leaders, Europeans cheer royal birth

Saturday, May 02, 2015 - 01:12

Europeans hail the birth of William and Kate's baby girl, even as some say they don't see what all the fuss is about. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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News of the royal birth -- a baby girl for Kate Middleton and Prince William -- has excited UK politicians who have been on the election trail. Everyone from Liberal Democrat party leader Nick Clegg.... (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PARTY LEADER, NICK CLEGG, SAYING: "Can we give a great Lib-Dem cheer for the wonderful news" ...to Labour party leader Ed Miliband... (SOUNDBITE) (English) LABOUR PARTY LEADER, ED MILIBAND, SAYING: "I would like to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the fantastic news. I know the whole country will be wishing them incredibly well." But it's not JUST the UK. All across Europe -- from Berlin to Madrid -- people were keen to send good wishes to the royal family. (SOUNDBITE) (German) PASSER-BY FROM THE NETHERLANDS, INGRID MOLE, ASKED WHAT SHE WISHES THE NEW BABY, SAYING: "All the best. Good luck. I hope for a normal life for the little baby. That it can be a child." But others don't see what all the fuss is about. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MADRID RESIDENT, MARIA JOSE, SAYING: "I don't think that the monarchy is a system that should exist in the 21st century. But well, congratulations to them." The royal baby -- whose name is yet to be announced -- is the second child for William in Kate... ...making one-year-old Prince George a big brother.

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UK party leaders, Europeans cheer royal birth

Saturday, May 02, 2015 - 01:12