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A baby showered: Gifts, tributes pour in for royal newborn  

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    From restaurant decorations to dancing in the streets, check out how the world is celebrating the U.K.’s new royal heir.

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    It's a prince! Duchess Kate, 31, gave birth on Monday, July 22, 2013 to a baby boy named George, who weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Check out how the world celebrated the new royal heir:

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    Swiss tourists sign a giant card congratulating Prince William and Duches Kate on the birth of their baby boy outside the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, on July 23, 2013.

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    Tourists from around the world gather in front of Buckingham Palace to take a look at an easel announcing the royal baby birth which stands at the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London on July 23, 2013.

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    A barman displays a pint of a celebratory ale for sale in a pub to mark the royal baby birth, on July 23, 2013 in London, England.

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    Prince William and Duchess Kate appear with their newborn baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. Kate gave birth to the couple's first child, who is third in line to the British throne, on Monday afternoon, ending weeks of feverish anticipation about the arrival of the royal baby.

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    New parents Prince William and Duchess Kate depart with their newborn baby boy, outside St. Mary's hospital.

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    Royal well-wishers await the departure of the royal couple and their new baby outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital in London.

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    Men wearing matching Union flags blazers wait to see Duchess Kate and Prince William outside of St. Mary's hospital on July 23, 2013 in London.

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    Tourists ride a camel past a sand sculpture created by sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Cambridge.

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    The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun salute to mark the birth of the royal baby in Green Park in central London on July 23.

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    The Golden Jubilee bridges and the London Eye are illuminated in celebration of the birth of a baby boy for William and Kate, in London on July 22, 2013.

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    The ship's company of the Royal Navy frigate HMS Lancaster forms the word "BOY" on the deck to mark the birth of Britain's new prince while on patrol in the Caribbean.

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    Tower Bridge is lit up in blue at night on July 23, 2013 to celebrate the royal baby birth.

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    The Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Canada, are illuminated blue to celebrate the birth of the royal baby boy. The Falls were first illuminated in 1860 to celebrate a royal visit by Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII.

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    Students of Buckleberry Church of England Primary School draw congratulatory cards for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Duchess Kate's hometown of Bucklebury, on July 23, 2013.

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    Employees Hayley Simmonds and Amy Bush hang a sign celebrating the news that Britain's Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a son in the window of the British-themed restaurant Tea & Sympathy in New York.

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    Members of the public react as they hear the news of the royal baby birth outside St. Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England.

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    Self-proclaimed "town crier" Tony Appleton celebrates among the crowd outside St. Mary's hospital on July 22, 2013.

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    The public celebrates the announcement of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside St. Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England.

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    People take pictures outside St. Mary's hospital on July 22, 2013.

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    Large crowds wait and cheer outside of Buckingham Palace.

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    A crowd of people take photos of the easel that officially announced the birth of the royal baby on July 22, 2013 in London, England.

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    Karen Milne from Scotland wears a Duchess Kate mask as she and her friends celebrate the royal birth announcement at Ye Olde King's Head English Pub on July 22, 2013 in Santa Monica, Calif.

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    People celebrate the royal baby birth with British flags in front of St. Mary's Hospital.

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    A woman swims in the fountains at Trafalgar Square which are lit to signify the birth of a royal baby boy in London.

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    A baby announcement card and flags adorn the gift shop of Ye Olde King's Head English pub to celebrate the announcement of the birth of Will and Kate's first child, July 22, 2013 in Santa Monica, Calif.

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The Prince of Cambridge is only a day old and already gifts and tributes are pouring in from around the world.

And since it's unlikely that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge need another baby blanket, well-wishers are getting creative.

Monuments around London were also quick to celebrate the new prince’s arrival on Monday night, with the BT Tower proclaiming “It’s a boy!”, the fountains in Trafalgar Square and the Tower Bridge lit up in blue, and the London Eye decked out in red, white and blue lights.

Other landmarks around the world, including Niagara Falls, Canada’s Peace Tower in Ottawa, and the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, also celebrated the new arrival on Monday night and lit up in blue.

In London, bells will ring for an incredible three hours on Tuesday as Westminster Abbey celebrates with a “full peal” of its bells, something it often does to celebrate royal occasions, an Abbey spokesman told TODAY.com.

Bucklebury, Kate's hometown, will also celebrate with bells, set to ring from a thousand-year-old church at 8 p.m. local time Wednesday.

Acknowledging the “support and goodwill” they have already received, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge suggested on their website that “people might at this time look to support those more in need; perhaps a children’s charity local to them, as a way of marking the birth of their child. Alternatively, you could look to support Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which is the charity of the hospital where The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby was born.”

Hillary Clinton sent her congratulations, via tweet:

Congratulations+from+across+the+pond+to+the+Duke+and+Duchess!+Wishing+you+the+best+of+luck+and+a+bit+of+advice:+It+Takes+a+(Royal)+Village!

—+Hillary+Clinton+(@HillaryClinton)+July+23,+2013+

The kookiest gift so far may be the naming of a zoo enclosure for the bilby — an Australian desert animal — after the new prince. The Australian government’s grant, worth $9,238, to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo’s will go toward the zoo’s bilby preservation program.

Neighboring New Zealand will be sending a 6-foot long hand spun lace shawl, similar to the gift the country gave to Prince William on his birth. Made out of merino wool, the shawl was commissioned in March and kept secret until now, according to a report on 3 News.

Other royal baby gifts and tributes include:

· Soccer team Aston Villa sent a uniform with the letters HRH and number 1 on the back. Aston Villa is said to be the Duke of Cambridge’s favorite team.

· A parking space at an ASDA supermarket in Wales where Duchess Kate has shopped in the past has been reserved, complete with crowned stick figures.

· U.K. diaper cream brand Sudocream commissioned an 18 carat white gold piece inlaid with 24 rubies, modeled on the cream’s usual plastic tub. The case will be auctioned to raise money for one of the Duchess' favorite charities.

· The Church of England has written a prayer for the royal baby, blessing the new parents and requesting "patience and wisdom to cherish and love him as he grows."

· The Muppets offered their congratulations in a video. "Can't you just hear the pitter patter of tadpole feet?" Miss Piggy asks Kermit.


· Australia is sending a copy of Mem Fox's book “Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes,” in addition to its bilby-related gifts.

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Natalie Morales holds up the U.K. newspaper The Sun, which changed its header in honor of the baby.

· A faux-sheepskin blanket, sent from PETA earlier this month, “combines kindness towards animals with great snuggleability!”, according to the company.

· Teddy bears galore have been left at the gates of Buckingham Palace and the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital where the baby was born on Monday.

· The Telegraph website adorned its header with Union Jack bunting. And The Sun newspaper changed its name temporarily — to The Son.

· Earlier this month, Finland sent a baby starter kit that every resident receives before their baby’s birth, which includes diapers and condoms.

· The popular U.K. soap opera East Enders will mark the royal birth Tuesday by including a scene of two main characters discussing the prince's arrival.

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