A Boston couple had extra cause to celebrate the arrival of their firstborn child, with it coinciding with the birth of the new royal princess.
Lyndsey Cawthorn, 22, and Przemek Frankowski, 35, welcomed daughter Lou-Ella into the world at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital last Saturday, at 2.18pm, just hours after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Princess Charlotte for the first time.
The United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, which runs the hospital, said it was not aware of a birth in the county closer to the time of Princess Charlotte’s arrival, which came at 8.34am.
It was not clear, however, that Lou-Ella’s birth would be so close to that of the latest addition to the royal family, which reportedly also did not run to schedule.
When the first signs appeared that Lou-Ella was on her way, about a week before her eventual arrival, Lyndsey was told at the hospital she was in ‘slow labour’ and the birth may not come for weeks.
Then, last Friday, during a visit to the hospital to check on the baby’s condition, Lyndsey was told her waters had begun to break.
Following this, labour was induced and Lou-Ella would arrive the following day - in the end, two days ahead of the original due date of May 4, weighing 7lb 7.25oz.
Lyndsey said she was ‘absolutely shocked’ to learn Lou-Ella’s birth was potentially the closest in Lincolnshire to the royal birth.
An added coincidence comes in the choice of a first middle name for Lou-Ella - that is, Elizabeth, the same first middle name chosen by Will and Kate for Princess Charlotte.
This was because Elizabeth is the middle name of both Lyndsey and her mother.
“I can’t believe the royal baby has it as well,” she said.
Lou-Ella takes her first name from Lyndsey’s nickname of Lou-Lou, while her second middle name, Rose, comes from the middle name of Lyndsey’s sister.