Delighted Britons bet on baby names and dusted off their Union Jack costumes after Prince Harry and Meghan welcomed the royal family's first known mixed-race child.
Ending days of suspense, a visibly relived Harry, 34, announced Monday the arrival of the couple's firstborn – a son who will be seventh in the long line to the British throne. It was a rare piece of good news for a nation exhausted by its endless fight over Brexit, a chance to celebrate royal traditions – this time with a young American twist.
"I want to see how he'll look. As Meghan is mixed race, I'm curious", said Zahra Kibue, 34, who lived in Kenya before moving to England a few years ago.
"It's very important," said Kibue. "The monarchy is saying, the door is open, anybody could be of royal kinship."
Most UK media assumed that Meghan had opted for a home delivery.
But not The Daily Mail, which breathlessly reported that "overdue Meghan's home birth dream was dashed as she was secretly whisked to a London hospital on Sunday by Harry and his Scotland Yard security team".
The Sun, a competing tabloid, said Meghan ended up being secretly rushed to a £15,000-a-night ($20,000, 17,500-euro) London hospital before giving birth "at exactly sunrise."
Perhaps only half in jest, bookies were offering 250-1 odds on the boy being named Donald, in honour of US President Trump.
As the BBC noted, this seemed "unlikely."
Although the couple received congratulations from former US first lady Michelle Obama, the White House remained silent, sparking speculation that Trump was still smarting over not being invited to the wedding.