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Politicians deliver careful messages of congratulations for the royal baby

2 May 2015

12:41 PM

2 May 2015

12:41 PM

This morning the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl. The girl, who is the Queen’s fifth great-grandchild, is the fourth in line to the throne. As members of the public began to celebrate, the political leaders were quick to put out their own carefully worded messages of congratulations.

With the election less than a week away, each leader must work out how to toe the party line on the monarchy, while not coming across as cold-hearted or too politically-minded.

First out of the starting blocks was Nick Clegg who managed to mention both his constituency and his better half Miriam in his messages:

Just behind him was ardent royalist David Cameron who offered a simple message, speaking of his ‘delight’ for the royal couple. He even managed to leave out any mention of his own career:

Miliband tweeted shortly after and may have even taken inspiration from Cameron’s words as both messages are markedly similar:

Farage was next and changed tact by issuing a full press release, rather than a 140 character tweet. The Ukip leader managed to get into his message his party’s patriotic values. He went on to call for a political recess. Mr S suspects Farage’s preferred venue for such a break is the pub:

‘I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the latest addition to their family. The arrival of a royal baby is always an exciting and joyous event for millions of patriotic British people and many places will no doubt be decked out in red, white and blue to mark the occasion. I strongly urge all UKIP candidates to take at least an hour out of campaigning in order to toast the new arrival. I shall certainly be setting an example in that regard. After all, some things are worth interrupting politics for.’

As for the leaders who represent parties that aren’t overly fond of the monarchy, after some delay Nicola Sturgeon has tweeted her congratulations, although many of her SNP supporters don’t seem too chuffed about this:

As for Plaid Cymru and the Greens, radio silence appears to have been enforced. It seems that Natalie Bennett and Leanne Wood are yet to have spoken about the arrival of the new princess.

Surely a few words of support from the sisterhood isn’t too much to ask?

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