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English expat explains fervor over royal baby birth

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BURNSVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) -

Around the world, people spent hours watching and waiting for the announcement that Prince William and Duchess Kate welcomed a new baby boy -- and an English expat explained the pomp and circumstance for FOX 9.

Andrew Price admits he's been following the drama across the pond from here in Minnesota.

"It's kind of what we do," he said.

Whether it's a toy bus commemorating the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Di, a cricket ball and bat, or artwork based on the London subway, Price has reminders of his native England all over his Burnsville home. Now, the newest addition to the British royal family has Price feeling a little like the king of the world.

"It's exciting," he said. "We, as Brits, we like to try and not get too excited, but deep down, we feel pretty proud about these things."

After 14 hours of labor, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a prince -- a baby boy weighing in at 8 pounds 6 ounces. Prince William was reportedly by his wife's side when she gave birth in the same hospital he was born in to Princess Diana 31 years ago.

The birth was kept secret for four hours. Queen Elizabeth was the first to get the news, and in a statement, Prince William said he and his wife "couldn't be happier."

A traditional noticed signed by the queen and posted on a gilded easel in front of thousands of royal watchers who gathered outside Buckingham Palace was welcomed enthusiastically by onlookers -- even though many had hoped the royal couple would have a girl.

"I was hoping it would be a girl because they changed the law to say even a woman could have the first right to succession," Price explained. "That would have been neat, something different."

The new prince will be third in line to the British throne, after his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father. While the baby's name probably won't be announced for another week or so, Price hopes the royal family may break with tradition.

"We've had enough Williams and Georges," he said. "Something nice and blue-collar would be great."

In addition to his Scottish terrier and Welsh corgi, Price has a 2-year-old son of his own, who is nicknamed "Harry." Like many expats, news of a future king is a good reason for the Price family to give themselves a little royal treatment.

"We'll probably have a cup of tea and a biscuit and go to bed with a self-contented, smug smile on our face," he said.

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