Royal baby: Proud parents celebrate Chichester births

Emma Perkins with her new born son, Dylan Gabriel'''Picture by Louise Adams C131025-3 Chi Royal Baby
Emma Perkins with her new born son, Dylan Gabriel'''Picture by Louise Adams C131025-3 Chi Royal Baby

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge weren’t the only ones to become proud parents yesterday, as staff and parents at St Richard’s Hospital celebrated their own new arrivals.

Dylan Gabriel Perkins was born at 9.40am yesterday, just hours before Kate Middleton gave birth to her son. The Prince of Cambridge will be third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William.

Father Dan Perkins, from Willowbed Drive, Chichester, said: “My mother keeps telling me it is very important Dylan was born on the same day as the future king. It’s quite nice.”

Dylan’s older brother Nat said he was looking forward to playing with his little brother.

Scarlett-Anna-Louise Pearson was born at 8.13pm last night, just as the world media were alerted to the royal birth.

“My mum was going on about my daughter being born on the same day as the royal baby,” said mother Sally-Anne Pearson from Fishbourne Road East, Chichester.

“My mother’s mother said she would be so happy if my daughter was born on the same day, so she’s really pleased.”

Nelly Mabel Pywell was born on Monday morning at 3.15am, the earliest of Monday’s new arrivals.

Father Rob Pywell, from Felpham, Bognor Regis, said: “We didn’t really know what was going on in London. We were focused on our daughter!”

Katrina Walford, Nelly’s mother, said: “I’m exhausted but so pleased. It was a long wait!”
The Royal Mint is giving away 2,013 silver pennies to babies born on the same day as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son.

For more pictures see Thursday’s Observer (July 25)