Burnley baby Leo arrives just hours before Prince George

Baby Leo, born on the same to as the future King, pictured with his parents, Rebecca Davison (19), Shane Varley (23) and sister Amelia (1) at home in Burnley.
Baby Leo, born on the same to as the future King, pictured with his parents, Rebecca Davison (19), Shane Varley (23) and sister Amelia (1) at home in Burnley.

As the world celebrated the birth of the Royal baby, proud parents in Burnley welcomed their own princely new arrivals.

On a historic day which saw the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge become a mum and dad for the first time, 11 boys and four girls were born during a busy 24 hours at Burnley’s Central Birth Suite.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, Prince George, who is third in line to the throne, was born at 4-24pm on Monday sending a wave of excitement around the globe.

But as news spread that Princess Kate had gone into labour in St Mary’s Hospital earlier in the day, one Burnley couple was already celebrating the birth of their very own little prince.

Shane Varley (23) and Rebecca Davison (19) of Waterbarn Street, became the proud parents of little baby Leo who was born weighing 6lb.

Rebecca said she went into labour at 2am. The pair walked up to the hospital where baby Leo was born hours later and the family were back home at 10-45am.

Shane, who has an 18-mon th-old daughter Amelia with his partner, said: “We got told by a few people after we came out of hospital that the Royal baby might be born.

“We watched some of the coverage on TV. Everyone was really excited about it.

“It is good that there is going to be a king at last.”

Former Towneley High School pupil Rebecca said: “We just did not expected it at all to have a child on the same day as the Princess.

“I did not know she had even gone into labour. We had been seeing little bits of it in the paper.

“It is crazy to think that the future king was born on the same day as Leo.

“We will tell him all about it when he gets older.”

The pair say it will be nice to watch their newborn son grow up at the same time as the future King of England.

They have kept a copy of the newspaper from the historic day and hope to keep a scrapbook for little baby Leo.