Philip and Georgia share birthday with new royal prince

Amanda and Lee Preston with baby Georgia.
Amanda and Lee Preston with baby Georgia.

A tiny tot from North Shields is one of a handful of babies to share his birthday with a future King.

Little Philip Kirton arrived at 6.06pm on Monday night in the home of his mum Paula and dad Philip.

Proud parents Paula and Phil Kirton with their newly born son, Philip who was born on the same day as the Prince of Cambridge.  GM017133

Proud parents Paula and Phil Kirton with their newly born son, Philip who was born on the same day as the Prince of Cambridge. GM017133

And the baby, who was born just a couple of hours after the new Prince of Cambridge, was named after his 33-year-old dad.

Mum Paula said: “I didn’t give it a second thought at the time, he wasn’t due until this Saturday, but I think it’s lovely he shares his birthday with the Prince.

“My waters broke at 12am on the Monday morning and he was born at 6.06pm so it was quite a long labour.

“But it was just unbelievable, it was so special and we understand how the Duke and Duchess are feeling now.

“I don’t know how she didn’t cry when all those people were watching her come out.”

Philip was born at the family home in North Shields, something the new parents had planned, and weighed 7lb 13oz.

Paula, 28, added: “We liked the idea of it being in our own house, and being able to spend all of the time together and not worrying about visiting hours.

“We could spend time as a family with our first baby straight away.”

A little later, at North Tyneside General Hospital, new mum Amanda Preston had her baby just 20 minutes after arriving at the unit.

She gave birth to Georgia Preston, who weighed exactly 8lbs, at 9.05pm, and she will be going home with proud dad Lee, and older siblings Dylan, nine, Lara, eight, and six-year-old Owen, who are all excited to meet their little sister.

Amanda, from Howdon, said: “It feels really special that Georgia was born on the same day as the Royal baby.

“Kate and William have their prince and we’ve got our very own little princess.

“We’ll never forget that she shares her birthday with a prince.”

Amanda and Lee – who had already picked the name – thanked the midwives for the excellent care they received at the hospital.