MAJOR New Zealand landmarks will glow blue on Tuesday night to celebrate the arrival of a baby boy for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The event was planned by royalist group Monarchy New Zealand which has issued an excited statement about the birth, declaring it a “great moment in the continuity of Aotearoa’s constitution”.
“This is the first time in over a century that a monarch of New Zealand has lived to see three direct heirs,” the organisation’s chairman Sean Palmer said.
“If this baby is as long-lived as his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, he will be on the throne when the 22nd century begins.”
The royal baby – yet to be named – was born on Monday at 4.24pm London time and weighed 8lbs 6oz (3.8kg), but the announcement was not made until four hours later.
On Tuesday evening, Auckland’s Sky Tower and Cloud building, Christchurch Airport, Dunedin Town Hall and Tirau’s sheep dog-shaped visitor centre are among the 37 landmarks to glow blue to mark the occasion.
Prime Minister John Key has also offered his congratulations to the popular young couple, saying: “I know they will make excellent parents”.
He revealed New Zealand’s gift to the pair, a hand-spun, hand-knitted fine lace shawl similar to the one that New Zealand gave when Prince William was born.
Designer Margaret Stove was responsible for both creations.
With William and Catherine’s blessing, parliament also sent an invitation to New Zealand’s knitters to knit baby singlets to be given to new parents at maternity units around the country on the couple’s behalf.
Mr Key said he hoped the future king will visit New Zealand as a child, just as his father did three decades ago.
A 21-gun salute will be fired from Point Jerningham, Wellington on Tuesday to celebrate the birth.