The news had barely broken of the birth of the royal baby when, wham, here came the deals.
At 4:14 p.m. Eastern time I got a note from Quinn and Co. public relations to explain a variety of royal discounts. The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans (nice tie in with the name) was offering a 20 per cent discount on a special edition of this weekend's afternoon tea. The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa in Hawaii, formerly British territory and still a state with the Union Jack as part of its flag in case you didn't know, was giving out free pineapple scones for kids 12 and under this week, while the Waldorf Astoria in New York was "rolling out the red carpet for expectant couples and encouraging them to celebrate like royalty with its 'royally luxurious babymoon'" package.
The best one for my money was the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, California, which is celebrating royal baby fever by offering a free room upgrade to any guest with the same name as the little guy for an entire month. That only takes effect, of course, once Will and Kate have settled on a name.
I like the fact they're apparently thinking of James. I don't know why, I just think it would be cool to have the same name as the royal baby. I've also read they like the name George, which was the name of our former golden retriever.
Whatever the name, the birth is bound to give a boost to British tourism, what with all those photos of folks gathered outside Buckingham Palace and the soon-to-come photos of the radiant mother and smiling father and the crazies all dressed up on the streets.
On a side note, the royal baby's birth also makes me appreciate a little bit more my own kids. I don't thank them enough for the joy they've given to my wife and I, who by the by will be celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary on Wednesday.
Oh, I almost forgot. I didn't see anything from the Windsor Arms here in Toronto regarding a baby discount. But the folks at the CN Tower said they planned to light the tower all in blue on Monday night to celebrate the new Prince of Cambridge.
Did anyone else notice or think it's weird that royals don't really have last names? William and Harry took the name Wales. Their elders chose the name Windsor out of a hat, or perhaps because they once visited Detroit and gazed longingly across the river at Ontario, I don't know. But I think it's bizarre to not have a last name. Or to get to choose your own. As a kid I undoubtedly would've chosen one of my heroes, Willie Mays or Paul McCartney. Better that than Peter Tork of the Monkees or Oakland Raiders backup Preston Ridlehuber, I guess.
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