This is an age of celebrity, of course, and they are top of the celebrity A list, but the reaction was about more than glamour, wealth, status and good looks: it was about what the Duke and Duchess and their baby represent – continuity. The new parents are loved for the devotion they share for one another in a marriage that, after decades of royal divorces, looks strong and lasting, and also for their commitment to service to their country; the royal baby, meanwhile, is third in line to the throne and his birth is a reassuring reminder that the royal family, for many the nucleus of the UK and Commonwealth countries, will continue for a long future.
Although people’s lives are continuing much as before, there is a sense of unease underneath the appearance of normality. We don’t like it when our trees become diseased and the bees die off, when we live in an age of debt and the weather is erratic, when the icecaps melt and the polar bears are under threat, when population growth becomes out of control and there is not enough food, when the poor become desperate while the rich thrive, and when our leaders lie. For years we have pretended nothing was wrong, but now we cannot ignore the reality that our world is changing – and we do not know what will happen.
So, in an age of uncertainty the indication of the continuity of a respected monarchy in the UK through the arrival of this royal baby is comforting to many. It is a personal story too, and the joy of the parents and families of this child is heartwarming as is the delight of the public. Like you, I am most happy for them, and I wish the child, born at the full moon, a life cycle of love and wisdom as he lives through a wonderful time of change.