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Kate MIddleton has gone into labor.

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    So, for all those people who love the royals, there will soon be another one. An heir to the throne.

    I never really understood the fascination. There is a live stream set up outside of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital. The camera is just pointed at the with two officers standing watch. That is it. So, can someone explain to me the allure of the Royal Family? I won't promise that I will understand it, though. I still can't comprehend why people are so fascinated with celebrity lives either.

    If you think I'm joking about the live stream, here it is.
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    I nominate this for least interesting news of the week.
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    Having lived in London for nine years, I can certainly appreciate the affection that most British have for the royal family, Queen Elizabeth in particular. Furthermore, the royal family is a stimulus to the economy in the tourism dollars that they attract into Britain from countries worldwide. Economic studies and statistics have proven that again and again, even when at times their popularity has fallen off.

    The royal wedding in 2010 alone gave an almost $1 billion boost to the economy.

    Kate Middleton has taken on the role that Princess Diana had, and she is helping to reinforce a favorable public image of the royal family. Rich and poor Brits as a whole support the monarchy.

    And now the royal birth is estimated to add an additional $400 million boost to the British economy.

    Much of this of course is marketing a public image, not only in Britain, but also abroad...especially in America. Where do American tourists want to go? Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. You can go through a lot of money in a hurry visiting London and the surrounding area. It's a big business...very profitable.

    Long live the Queen.
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    The baby has finally arrived. It's a boy...born at 11.24 EDT. The bulletin:

    Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm.

    The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz.

    The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

    The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.

    Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.