While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated their daughter’s birth in London last Saturday, seven families welcomed their own new arrivals at West Suffolk Hospital.
Among the proud parents are Sarah and Filipe Monteiro, from Bury, who welcomed their first child, Ena, at 1.11pm, weighing 8lb 10oz.
Her arrival 10 days early came as a surprise, with Sarah’s waters breaking on Angel Hill, in Bury, while Filipe was buying an ice cream.
“It was busy at the time, but quite amusing,” said the 36-year-old energy analyst.
“We’re just trying to get a routine established, but it is great that she is here.”
Sarah said electrical engineer Filipe, 32, had been helping with the housework as well as taking on fatherly duties.
Mehmet and Esma Cokgezici, from Lakenheath, welcomed the day’s first arrival.
Their daughter Eslem Nur, their first child, was born at 12.15am weighing 9lb.
Mehmet, 32, takeaway restaurant owner, said 23-year-old Esma narrowly avoided having a Caesarian section.
“Now we have a beautiful baby, like our own princess. She is perfect,” he said.
At 2am, Fay Hawkins, 23, gave birth to son Preston, weighing a healthy 9lb 10oz.
Father Jed Griggs, 24, said: “He was 15 days late and hard to get out, Fay was exhausted.
“I have a big family so I know what is expected. We’re coping really well.”
The couple, from Exning, said their families were excited about the Preston’s arrival.
Joining the early morning crowd was Donna Foster, 36, who gave birth to daughter Thea at 3.24am.
Weighing 9lb ½oz, she is Donna and 35-year-old husband Will’s second daughter.
The couple moved from Mildenhall to Ten Mile Bottom during the pregnancy.
“My older daughter, Maia, was really looking forward to giving Thea cuddles,” the research facility manager said.
“Will had been really good. Last time it was so new to him, but he’s really taken to it.”
At 6.05am, Katie Power and husband Neil welcomed Jake, weighing 8lb 13oz.
Katie, 34, said: “He was two weeks early, but I’m glad I didn’t go the full course. He would have been about 10lb!”
Katie, who used to work at a café in Bury, and mechanic Neil, 38, have taken Jake home to Haughley with two-year-old sister, Lilymae.
“Our little girl loves him and is helping out,” said Katie.