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Missing the royal birth by a year — CURT YEOMANS

Had Britain’s newest royal been born exactly one year ago, I would have been caught in the midst of the public frenzy.

I’m not saying that just because I would have been in London at the time. I literally would have been caught in the frenzy because the hospital where Prince George was born this week is only a half dozen blocks down the street from the hotel where I stayed during the Olympics last year. And some of those blocks were really half-blocks so I was really about three or four full blocks away from that hospital.

The hotel is on one side of Paddington Station. The hospital is on the other. The realization that history was missed by 12 month is more than a little sickening. It may seem like a while ago, but in the grand scheme of life, one year is nothing.

There is a lot of cursing that could probably be done right now, but tongues will be held for the sake of decency.

It tends to be my luck that I’m in the right place but just a little too early to be present for a history-making event. In my life, the biggest event I’ve been present for was when Prince William and Catherine were on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for Canada Day celebrations in 2011.

Even then, however, I was the length of a football field away and could only see them on a jumbotron screen.

We never know when history will be made, or where it will be made. Certainly, no one thought a year ago that we’d all be glued to our smartphones recently, eagerly awaiting news of a royal baby. It can’t be predicted.

Even the exact birth date couldn’t be predicted since babies like to start their fickle natures before they leave the womb. Hence, why we’ve spent the last two weeks guessing, “Will it be today? Will it be tomorrow? Will it be later this week?”

Of course, now the baby is here and he has a name. Expect the excitement to die down quickly. We shouldn’t expect a birth this important for probably another 30 years, when Prince George’s first child is born.

But by then, I may not have the interest to travel to London for a royal birth.

Curt Yeomans is a Senior Reporter for the Clayton News Daily and an avid traveler. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, via Email at cyeomans@news-daily.com or on Twitter at @CYeomansCND.