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Britannia rules again: Royal baby is only latest UK smash hit

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Prince William and Duchess Kate show off Prince George on Tuesday, the latest exciting event out of Britain.

The birth of Prince George this week has been celebrated with fanfare across the globe. And the international fanfare is just the latest in a streak of happy news and rousing successes out of the U.K. that's taken the world by storm.

Britain, by all accounts, is kicking butt.

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Pleasure boats roll down the River Thames, in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in London June 3, 2012.


“It’s been a fantastic couple of years for the U.K. on the world stage," said Mark Moulding of the British Council, an organization that specializes in building cultural relationships between the U.K. and other countries.

“There’s a lot of evidence that people’s views of the U.K. have really changed as a result,” he said. “Around half of the people we spoke to globally told us that they think more highly of the U.K.’s art’s scene, sense of humor, how friendly we are, and even how we treat disabled people.”

The good times kicked off in April 2011 with the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (now Duchess Kate). TV viewers around the world got to see inside London’s historic Westminster Abbey, fall in love with Kate’s ivory-and-white silk bridal gown, and witness the now-iconic kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

As quickly as the royal newlyweds left for their honeymoon, speculation began as to when they would produce an heir. But other monumental events in Britain quickly took over the spotlight.

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    As the royal couple celebrates their second anniversary, take a look at some of the memorable public moments of the last two years. The prince and his bride tied the knot before a worldwide audience on April 29, 2011.

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    In the two years since their fairytale wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended the Olympic games, cast a few spells on the Harry Potter film set, and visited the Solomon Islands. Take a look through their memorable two years of marriage.

    Prince Harry, Duchess Kate, and Prince William raise their wands on the Harry Potter film set during the Inauguration Of Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2013 in London.

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    Prince Charles, Duchess Kate and Prince William have a laugh together during a visit to Dumfries House on March 5, 2013 in Ayrshire, Scotland.

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    Duchess Kate plays table tennis against Prince William during a visit to the Donald Dewer Leisure centre in Glasgow, Scotland on April 4, 2013.

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    Duchess Kate and Prince William pose for an official photograph as they attend St. Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, England, on March 17, 2013.

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    Prince William and Duchess Kate react during the second race at the Cheltenham Festival horse racing meet in Gloucestershire, England on March 15, 2013.

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    Prince William and his pregnant wife, Duchess Kate, leave the King Edward VII hospital where Kate was being treated for acute morning sickness (Hyperemesis Gravidarum) on Dec. 6, 2012 in London, England.

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    Prince William and Duchess Kate stand on the balcony of The Guildhall during their first official visit to Cambridge on November 28, 2012 in Cambridge, England.

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    Prince William and Duchess Kate meet ladies on training bikes during the official launch of The Football Association's National Football Centre at St. George's Park on Oct. 9, 2012 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

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    Duchess Kate and Prince William laugh as they sign the visitors book during a visit to Middle Temple on Oct. 8, 2012 in London, England.

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    Duchess Kate and Prince William visit Tuvanipupu Island on the Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on Sept. 17, 2012 in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island.

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    Prince William and Duchess Kate dance with the ladies at the Vaiku Falekaupule on Sept. 18, 2012 in Tuvalu.

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    Prince William and Duchess Kate travel in a special boat vehicle as they arrive at Honiara International Airport during the Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on Sept. 16, 2012 in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island.

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    Duchess Kate and Prince William visit a mosque in Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 14, 2012, on the second leg of a nine-day Southeast Asian and Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

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    Prince William and Duchess Kate pose with a young artist as they visit the Rainbow Centre on the Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Far East on Sept. 12, 2012 in Singapore.

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    Prince William and Duchess Kate visit the Singapore Botanical Gardens during the Diamond Jubilee tour on Sept. 11, 2012 in Singapore.

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    The married royals hug during Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 2, 2012 in London, England.

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  • After 68 Days Travelling Around The UK The Olympic Torch Reaches Central London Ahead Of The Opening Ceremony

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    Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry applaud Wai-Ming as the Olympic Torch comes to Buckingham Palace, on Day 69 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on July 26, 2012 in London, England.

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    The royals leave the Signet Library on July 5, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Prince William was installed into the historic Order of the Thistle in a ceremony in Edinburgh attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

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    Prince William and Duchess Kate leave St. George's chapel after the annual service of the Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle in Berkshire on June 18, 2012.

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    Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, Prince Philip, Lady Louise Windsor, Duchess Kate, and Prince William arrive on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony and the Horse Guards Parade on June 16, 2012 in London, England.

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    Duchess Kate and Prince William leave Westminster Hall on a carriage after a Diamond Jubilee luncheon in London on June 5, 2012.

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    Princess Beatrice, Duchess Kate, Prince William, and Prince Harry are seen during the Diamond Jubilee, Buckingham Palace Concert on May 4, 2012 in London, England.

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    William kisses his new wife, Catherine, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the royal wedding, and cheered on the radiant couple to share a second kiss.

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    Only days after returning from their honeymoon in May, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome President Obama and First Lady Michelle at Buckingham Palace. It was Kate and William's first royal duty as a married couple, and gave the president's visit to the U.K. an extra dose of glamour. The public hungered for every glimpse of the newlyweds and Kate's dress by Reiss sold out within hours.

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    In their first public engagement as a married couple, William and Kate shine as they arrive at a gala charity dinner to raise money for children at Kensington Palace on June 9.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with and hand out medals to members of an Irish Guards Regiment that recently returned from Afghanistan. It was Kate's first military role as a royal and in a navy dress with gold buttons, she certainly looked the part.

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    In July, William and Kate flew off on their first official overseas tour to Canada and California. Here, the Duchess, known as an accomplished athlete in her own right, looks on as her husband plays street hockey at the Somba K'e Civic Plaza in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

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    During their visit to Canada, William and Kate tour an area in Slave Lake, Alberta that was devastated by fire. The couple started off their tour in Ottawa, joining millions of Canadians marking the country's 144th birthday.

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    William and Kate get a 10-gallon welcome on their visit to the Calgary Stampede, during their tour of Canada in July. Like royal visitors before them, the couple were given the traditional hats, which symbolize its roots as a frontier city. "Canada has far surpassed all that we were promised. Our promise to Canada is that we shall return," William told the cheering crowds.

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    On the last stop of their North America tour, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dazzled Hollywood. At the BAFTA Brits to Watch gala they were joined by actors including Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez.

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    On the final day of their first overseas tour, William and Kate help pack care packages for military children at the Mission Serve: Hiring Our Heroes event in Culver City, Calif.

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    The newlyweds work together to create clay hand prints at L.A.'s Inner City Arts center on the last day of their tour. Kate has a strong interest in the arts, and is patron of an art therapy charity as well as the U.K.'s National Gallery.

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    William and Kate weren't the only royals to wed in 2011. In July, the newlyweds attended the wedding of William's first cousin, Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne, who wed rugby player Mike Tindall on July 30 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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    Christmas is a family affair in the royal family, with everyone celebrating together at the queen's home in Sandringham. Here, William and Kate, together with Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Camilla, walk to Sandringham Church for the traditional Christmas Day service. But one absence marked the festivities - the Duke of Edinburgh spent the holidays in the hospital, recovering from heart surgery.

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    William and Kate meet Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark on Nov. 2, during a one-day visit on behalf of UNICEF. Wearing hardhats, the royals inspect a UNICEF warehouse in Copenhagen that stores emergency food and medical supplies for East Africa. While there, Kate refused a taste of a special high-protein peanut paste, prompting harried speculation that she was pregnant.

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    Decked out in their finest, William, Kate and Prince Harry attend The Sun Military Awards on Dec. 19, in London. Prince Harry has made no secret of his admiration for his new sister in-law, often calling her his sister.

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    On January 9, William and Kate arrive in the rain for the London premiere of the Steven Spielberg film "War Horse" in London, the night before Kate's 30th birthday. The duchess was reportedly moved to tears by the film, and was handed tissues by Spielberg's wife.

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    William and Kate take a walk on the beach in Wales, joined by their new cocker spaniel puppy, Lupo, just after Kate's 30th birthday in January. The pup was born to Kate's parents' dog and the newlyweds adopted him around Christmas.

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    William, left, prepares his first tasks of his six week deployment to the Falkland Islands in February. Known as Flt. Lt. Wales, William's duties included mountain rescue and providing cover to the aviation assets based on the islands.

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    On her Valentine's Day visit to Liverpool, Kate chats with a young girl at the Alder Hey Children's Hospital. The couple spent the holiday apart as William served in his first deployment to the Falkland Islands.

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    Queen Elizabeth II, together with her daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, visit the upscale grocery and department store Fortnum & Mason in London on March 1. It was the first official visit the three generations made together, and cemented Kate's place at the heart of the royal family.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II giggle as they watch a fashion show at De Montfort University in Leicester on March 8. The trip kicked off the queen's Diamond Jubilee tour of the U.K., celebrating her 60th year on the throne.

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    While her husband was away in the Falklands, Kate made her first official speech during a visit to The Treehouse Children's Hospice in March. The Duchess wrote the text herself, saying that she was "only sorry that William can't be here today; he would love it here."

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    The Duchess of Cambridge and her father in-law Prince Charles iron artwork during a visit to the Dulwich Picture Gallery on March 15. With little experience doing housework, the prince eagerly compared his project to Kate's and remarked that he would be there all afternoon.

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    William and Kate arrive for the British premiere of "African Cats" at the BFI Southbank in London on April 25.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge talks to Vic Vicary, as he holds his three-week-old son Hugo Eric Scott Vicary at a reception for The Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race at Goldsmiths Hall on April 26 in London. Prince William is pictured cradling the same child.

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    Visitors to London, New York and Amsterdam can now pose with Kate and William, thanks to Madame Tussauds. The famed wax museum unveiled the newest additions to its royals displays on April 4. The wax couple measures the same height as the real royals and are featured wearing replicas of clothing they wore to events during their first year of marriage.

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In June 2012, Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, marking the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Concerts and receptions were held around the country, culminating in a Thames Pageant of 1,000 boats from across the Commonwealth. The Queen and Prince Philip traveled in the Royal Barge, centerpiece of the extravagant flotilla.

The following month, Britain boasted its first Tour de France winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, who took first place in the 23-day road race. (A sir! Does it get more British than that?)

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British Wimbledon 2013 winner Andy Murray and his stylish partner Kim Sears.

And the hugely successful London Olympic Games started with a bang in 2012 as England’s biggest icons — James Bond and the Queen — parachuted into the stadium for the Opening Ceremony. (OK, they may have used stunt doubles, but it still made for one of the most unforgettable entrances in modern Olympic history.)

“Big events like the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee have made one in three people more interested in visiting, studying in, or doing business with the U.K.,” said Moulding, citing research carried out by the British Council.

The home team also celebrated its most successful Olympic Games since 1908, securing 65 medals, while the capital city boasted the most-watched Paralympics ever.

Less than a year later, Britain showed its sporting prowess once again as Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title, ending the country’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion. His girlfriend, Kim Sears, was identified as something of a style icon.

Then, in Paris, Britain’s Chris Froome won the 100th edition of the Tour de France.

And then, only one day after the cycling victory, Duchess Kate gave birth to the little boy who's in line to become the country’s king.

“The royal birth was truly a world celebration,” said Moulding. “Events like the birth of Prince George have helped to keep up the momentum, and keep people interested.” Is it any wonder that an Ipsos MORI poll last week showed the popularity of the royal family at record levels, with 77 percent support for the monarchy?

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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:

    People sit outside a pub celebrating the royal baby birth in London on July 24, 2013.

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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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    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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Meanwhile, British TV imports like "Doctor Who" and "Downton Abbey" have crossed the pond to the U.S. with a vengeance, while music acts like Adele, Ed Sheeran and One Direction have ushered in a new golden age of U.K. pop music.

Women around the world copy Duchess Kate’s style, and now, even the baby's style (Kate wrapped Prince George in a blanket from American favorite Aden + Anais) is selling out.

And there's much to look forward to: When little George makes his first outing, his christening, everything that he wears, rides in, or spits up on will be highly documented. Plus, the royals may have more children for us to coo at.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the people we share U.K. culture with around the world, it’s that to know us is to love us,” Moulding said. “I certainly don’t think that the world’s interest in Prince George or his parents is going to disappear any time soon!”

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