Man with local connections gets first-hand look at royal baby watch

Courtesy: Fredrik Bjurenvall
Courtesy: Fredrik Bjurenvall

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The social media director of the Honolulu Marathon had a front row seat to all the royal baby watch madness. He lives near St. Mary’s Hospital and was part of a crowd that patiently waited to see the newborn prince.

An estimated 1,000 people gathered outside the hospital on Tuesday, everyone anxiously waiting to get the first glimpse of the prince who is third in line to the British throne.

“I was there when Prince Charles arrived and that was quite special,” Honolulu Marathon Social Media Director Fredrik Bjurenvall said.

He says the energy swelled as the hours ticked by.

“We’ve been waiting for a long time and the anticipation was at a peak. So when they came out it was wonderful. It was wonderful see that they were both looking so well, particularly Catherine,” Bjurenvall said.

Bjurenvall has covered many events in England, but he’s never seen anything like this before.

“Lots of different people from pretty much from every country in the world. I’ve never seen a Newscore that has been so such breadth,” Bjurenvall said.

“It’s wonderful to be here and to feel the energy that you get from being so close by an event like this,” Bjurenvall said.

He admits he did not anticipate he’d get so caught up in the excitement.

“I didn’t think I was going to have that many emotions about seeing the future monarch coming out of a hospital, but really you feel a great sense of happiness and being part of history in a wonderful way,” Bjurenvall said.

Bjurenvall says the last 24 hours have been surreal in London. Some have compared it to being at Times Square during New Year’s Eve.

The birth of the royal baby has also sparked a gambling frenzy. British bookmakers have taken in nearly $2 million in royal-related bets — everything from the baby’s name to his first words.

“The Brits love gambling and they will put a wager on anything and the naming odds are going through the roof and I guess George is now the odds on favorite,” Bjurenvall said. “I thought Fredrik sounded good myself, but that probably won’t happen.”

The world will soon know.

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