Excitement over birth of little Prince George

Joyce Lucas of Oakham Knit and Natter Group with a cot quilt and items the club is sending to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their baby'Photo: MSMP230713-281js
Joyce Lucas of Oakham Knit and Natter Group with a cot quilt and items the club is sending to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their baby'Photo: MSMP230713-281js
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Members of a knitting club and a homeware designer have been busy this week commemorating the birth of Prince George of Cambridge.

Sophie Allport, who is based in Langtoft, spent an anxious couple of days waiting for the baby to be named so she could complete the design of her commemorative mug.

Sophie Allport's Open Range china designs have been commissioned to mark the British Open golf championships

Sophie Allport's Open Range china designs have been commissioned to mark the British Open golf championships

Millions watched on TV on Tuesday as parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, proudly showed off Prince George Alexander Louis to the world on Tuesday.

When his name was revealed on Wednesday, Sophie got to work putting “HRH Prince George of Cambridge” and “22 July 2013” on each mug. She had already received 5,000 pre-orders for the £9 mug.

Sophie, pictured left, said: “I was thrilled to hear the news although I was surprised to hear we will have a new king as I thought Kate would have a girl.

“It’s wonderful they kept it to themselves for a few hours to have that special time with their son.

“The birth has been so uplifting for the whole country.”

She said the office had been taking guesses at what the name would be and were delighted when they found out he was to be called George, which she described as a “true British name”.

Elsewhere in the area, dignitaries, councils and well-wishers have been celebrating the birth.

Members of Oakham Knit and Natter Group have sent a package of gifts to the new baby, including a cot cover which was made by former member Brenda Groves.

Group member Joyce Lucas, pictured above, said: “Brenda made two cot covers, one pink and one blue, which she gave to us before she died. I thought it would be a lovely tribute to her to send them to the royal baby.”

The group also sent a matinee jacket, hat and bootees.

Mrs Lucas added: “The arrival of the baby is brilliant news.”

The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Laurence Howard, led the congratulations from his county following the safe arrival of the baby, weighing 8lb 6oz.

He said: “The birth of a baby in a family is always wonderful news and brings with it great hopes and expectations for the future, not least of which with a Royal baby are the demands placed upon the young infant as he grows into the role of monarch over the years to come.”

Caroline Lea, of The Design Mould in South Luffenham, has created a special tea towel to celebrate the birth. She also created two designs - one in pink and one in green - so she was ready for the birth of either a boy or girl.

Oakham Town Council has sent a letter to William and Kate on behalf of the town’s residents and both Oakham and Uppingham town councils plan to fly a flag to celebrate the occasion.

Stamford, Bourne and Market Deeping town councils had no plans to mark the royal birth.

Four local families had their own celebrations after they welcomed their own babies to the world on Monday.

One mum from Stamford, two from Deeping St James and one from Edith Weston gave birth at Peterborough City Hospital on the same day as the Duchess of Cambridge.

The families will be able to apply for a special commemorative coin to mark the occasion.