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Royal baby in numbers: How Kate Middleton's baby boosted the economy and gave the nation a lift

24 JULY 2013 Prince William and Kate Middleton are now behind closed doors with their little boy at her family's home in Bucklebury, enjoying what their spokesman described as "quiet, private time to get to know their baby". In the meantime their little Prince George has already given a real boost to the economy and to the national mood. Take a look at the difference Baby Cambridge has made to the country in numbers.

£240 million: The boost to the economy, with Britons toasting the newborn and buying memorabilia.

25300: Tweets per minute on day of the birth as people rushed to spread the news.

 




16: The number of countries where William and Kate's son will eventually be head of state.

£1.5million: Money taken in bets on the royal baby by one company alone, with almost all punters wrongly suggesting Kate was carrying a girl.

1948: The last time the Home Secretary would have been required to attend a royal birth to ensure no illegitimate newborns were smuggled in to replace the true ‘heir to the throne’.

 




120 years ago: the last time a serving monarch met a great-grandchild in direct succession to their throne.

5,000: Number of changes rung in a specially-composed peal at Westminster Abbey lasting three hours called Cambridge Surprise Royal.

41: Shots fired in gun salute at Green Park in honour of the new future King.

 




Four hours: The time spent by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their baby before sharing their happy announcement with the world.

8lb 60z: Weight of the bouncing baby boy.

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