Kate Middleton

How they see it

Britain's future king is born

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 May, 2015, 4:46pm

1. The Sydney Morning Herald

Now is a not a time for pettiness, for the endless carping that many love to engage in about the British royal family and its relevance in Australia. The British monarchy always has had and, for the indefinite future, will retain an important symbolic place in Australian life. This is a time to be generous about the pleasure across much of Britain in welcoming a new generation to the lineage. … What this means for Australia is that we can take comfort in the constancy, continuity and stability which the birth represents to our founding nation. … Whether ... Australia should have the British monarch as head of state is a debate that will run on and on because it is clear the monarchy is not going anywhere. Sydney


2. The National

It takes a lot to shake the famous British reserve. But stiff upper lips were breaking into smiles all around the British Isles - and the rest of the world for that matter - on Monday evening, when it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge had given birth to a boy. ... This is, of course, no ordinary child. As the offspring of Prince William, he is third in line to the throne of the United Kingdom, meaning he is destined, one day, to be the head of state of the UK and 15 Commonwealth realms. … While some people may be bemused by the pomp and ceremony, and others may question whether this really is the biggest news story of the moment, we can all agree that the birth of any child is a great gift. Abu Dhabi


3. Toronto Star

While untold others were born on the same day to equally excited parents, no one else is third in line to the throne of Great Britain and Canada. … And, the annoyance of republicans aside, many across the Commonwealth and elsewhere appear to have some great interest in this particular baby. … Well, up to a point. Polls show Canadians are generally supportive of the monarchy, by a bare majority. … In any case, none of this will matter for a very long time. In all likelihood … it will be many decades before the newest prince succeeds his father. … Who knows what political debates will be agitating Canada ... and how our descendants will regard the monarchy — if they care at all? Toronto