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We're royal babies too! Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital abuzz with proud new parents sharing momentous occasion with Kate and William

Kate and William's royal baby may have the whole world watching - but here in Northern Ireland proud mums gave birth to 17 "royal" babies on Monday.

The maternity ward at the aptly-named Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast is abuzz as parents reflect on sharing their own momentous occasion with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Like William and Kate, proud mothers and fathers who welcomed newborns into the world on Monday are preparing to take their babies home.

Carleen and Conor Maginn's first child - a baby boy - arrived at 12.07pm. Weighing in at 8lbs 10oz, baby James tipped the scales just above the latest heir to the throne.

Mrs Maginn, 30, from Belfast, insisted the regal choice of name was not linked to the birth of the Prince of Cambridge.

"He is named after his granddad and great granddad so he was always going to be a James," she said. The new mum revealed that she was not even aware that Kate had also gone into labour.

"I didn't know," she laughed. "I was more worried about myself at that point. But after I had given birth, the nurses told me Kate would soon be joining me."

There were 17 babies born in the Royal Victoria on Monday - nine boys and eight girls.

Mrs Maginn said the ward was awash with speculation about what William and Kate's baby would be called.

With baby James arriving just after noon, she said she would make sure to let her son know that while he was born on the same day as the royal baby, he arrived first.

"I am also looking forward to getting his wee silver coin," she said. "We were told in the hospital today we would be getting one. It will be a nice little keepsake for him in the future."



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