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Britain turns pink to mark princess’ birth

As the nation rejoiced at the birth of the royal baby, the country's tourist hotspots joined in by changing colour last night.

By: Press Trust of India | London | Updated: May 3, 2015 4:29:39 pm
Famous British landmarks, including Tower Bridge, the London Eye and the fountains at Trafalgar Square, turned pink following the birth of the princess.(Source:AP) Famous British landmarks, including Tower Bridge, the London Eye and the fountains at Trafalgar Square, turned pink following the birth of the princess.(Source:AP)

Britain’s iconic landmarks like the Tower Bridge and the London Eye lit up in pink to mark the arrival of the new princess as revelers raised a toast to the royal family’s fourth in line to the throne.

As the nation rejoiced at the birth of Prince William and wife Kate Middleton’s daughter, the country’s tourist hotspots joined in by changing colour last night. Famous British landmarks, including Tower Bridge, the London Eye and the fountains at Trafalgar Square, turned pink following the birth of the princess.

The BT Tower was the first of the London landmarks to celebrate the baby with the words “It’s a girl” written at the top. Tower Bridge then declared its intentions, tweeting: “Congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of a baby girl! Tonight we’ll turn pink to celebrate.” It then added: “We’re delighted at the news and having gone blue for George, it’s only fair!”

The BT Tower was the first of the London landmarks to celebrate the baby with the words "It's a girl" written at the top.   (Source:AP) The BT Tower was the first of the London landmarks to celebrate the baby with the words “It’s a girl” written at the top. (Source:AP)

Other landmarks in the capital, such as the fountains at Trafalgar Square, the Golden Jubilee Bridge and the London Eye, went pink for the night, much to the delight of tourists and Londoners. The celebrations extended to Northern Ireland where the Belfast City Hall changed colour. Well-wishers and the media got their first glimpse of the newborn as she was brought out of the hospital just after 6pm yesterday.

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However, not everyone was happy about the decision, with some calling it “sexist”. Many also pointed out that previously blue was the colour associated with girls, not pink. “Disappointed by news @CityWestminster are turning landmarks pink to celebrate royal baby girl. Not exactly challenging gender stereotypes,” a tweet said. There were cheers from the crowd gathered outside the hospital when the announcement was made. Some had been camping for almost two weeks in nticipation of the birth.

The baby is the first to use the title princess since Princess Eugenie, 25, younger daughter of Prince Andrew. The last princess of Cambridge was Princess Mary Adelaide, George III’s granddaughter, born 182 years ago in Hanover, Germany, and known affectionately as “Fat Mary” because of her large girth.

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