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Royal baby watch: Why do we care?

Written by Kim Lyons on .

There is no logical reason why Americans should be so enamored with the pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge, but the imminent arrival of the heir to the British throne (second behind grandpa and dad) captured the attention of the Twittersphere on Monday: 

 

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According to a Post-Gazette poll, readers seemed to believe a princess was on the way, rather than a prince

 

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What's your guess for the Royal Baby? 

Crowds gathered in London... 

 

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and as the hours dragged on, all manner of parodies/jokes/memes started popping up: 

 

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The Guardian went so far as to activate a button that allowed readers to toggle between Royal/No Royal coverage.

 

But despite the "I don't care about this" crowd (about 14 percent of people who took our poll indicated they were not interested in the outcome), there is still a strong contigent of us across the pond who closely follow the British royal family. Why is this -- we don't have royals in the U.S.? The fairy-tale nature of the whole thing? Or some other reason-- a slow news day/summer news doldrums, perhaps. 

 

What do you think; why do we care at all? And what is your prediction for #RoyalBabyWatch? 

 

 

 

 

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