A BABY girl from South Tyneside who was born on the same day as the future King has been welcomed into the world with a special award.
The parents of newborn Maisie Charlotte Ritchie were presented with an engraved silver spoon during a ceremony held at South Shields Town Hall.
Baby Maisie was born at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, on July 22, to parents Karen and Ian, weighing 7lbs 6oz.
She was born on the same day the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their son, Prince George, into the world.
The presentation follows a tradition where babies born on the same day as important Royal events – including the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 – have been presented with a silver spoon by the Mayor, Coun Ernest Gibson.
Coun Gibson said: “It was lovely to meet Maisie and her family at the town hall.
“The Mayoress and I wanted to mark the occasion in a special way, and to give Maisie a memento she can cherish for years to come.”
New dad, Ian, 32, from Marsden, South Shields, said: “It was a kind gesture by the Mayor and Mayoress to invite our family to the town hall and present Maisie with the silver spoon.
“This will be something she will treasure forever and appreciate when she is older.
“I’d imagine it will be a wonderful talking point for Maisie as she grows up, especially at school when she can tell all of her friends that she shares a birthday with a Royal prince.”