Redbridge parents celebrate their bundles of joy same day royal baby is born

PUBLISHED: 18:53 23 July 2013 | UPDATED: 18:53 23 July 2013

Lavanya Maran with her baby boy Dinesh from Ilford at Queen's Hospital, in Romford. 

Photo by Ellie Hoskins

Lavanya Maran with her baby boy Dinesh from Ilford at Queen's Hospital, in Romford. Photo by Ellie Hoskins


Kate and Wills aren’t the only couple celebrating the birth of their new baby. We speak to other happy parents from Rebridge whose bundles of joys arrived on the same day as the future king at Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

Lavanya Maran, 30, gave birth to her first son at 6.42pm, but she had a feeling that it would share the same birthday as the royal baby.

She said: “He wasn’t due until August 12, but my daughter was also early.

“As soon as I heard that Kate was pregnant, I had a funny feeling that my baby would be born on the same day.”

Lavanya from High Street, Ilford, was admitted to Queen’s Hospital on Monday morning and did not know that Kate was in labour.

She said: “My friend called me to congratulate us and then she mentioned that Kate had also given birth to a boy.

“It is good news that my son will be sharing his birthday with the future king.”

The baby, who hasn’t been named yet, weighed six pounds.

Kayleigh Ridge found out she was pregnant on the day that Kate announced that she was expecting, but she didn’t think that she would actually give birth on the same day as the royal.

She said: “My family joked about it, but I just said that it wasn’t going to happen.

“I didn’t take it seriously.”

Despite her resistance, the 24-year-old from High Road, Chadwell Heath, gave birth to her first son, Joshua at 2.26pm on Monday.

He weighed eight pounds, eight ounces, but it wasn’t straight forward.

Kayleigh was admitted to hospital on Friday three days over due, but she had to be induced three times before her waters broke.

She said: “I didn’t actually go into labour properly until Sunday.

“It wasn’t very painful because I had an epidural.”

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