British embassy in Beirut celebrates the royal baby, Lebanese style

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Britain’s Embassy in Beirut celebrated the birth of the royal heir by serving traditional Lebanese sweets on Tuesday, AFP news agency reported.

Prince William’s wife, Kate, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday. On Wednesday, Prince William and Kate named their baby boy George Alexander Louis, sticking firmly to royal tradition with a first name used by six previous monarchs.

The embassy also made used of the event celebrating the royal heir’s birth to collect donations for Syrian refugee children.

“The Lebanese are very excited over the birth. So we decided to celebrate by mixing Lebanese traditions with British ones,” Tom Fletcher, Britain’s envoy to Lebanon, told AFP.

The event celebrating the heir’s birth was held at a mall in Hazmiyeh, a suburb of Beirut. Fletcher personally participated in the event, distributing candy and gifts as well as souvenirs with engraved with the words “royal baby” and the date of birth, July 22. Small cloth bags decorated with sugar coated candy and containing “meghli,” a Lebanese dessert traditionally served to celebrate the birth of a child, were also served.

“The British people are very happy. [The birth of an heir] is a moment when the entire county gathers to celebrate the happy news,” Fletcher said.

Embassy employees also participated in the event by carrying boxes to collect donations to aid Syrian refugee children.

“We don't just want this to be a moment when we celebrate one baby born in relative luxury in the UK, but also a moment when we reflect on the many babies who are being born in Syria at the moment, in conditions of terrible hardship but also among refugee communities in Lebanon, and so we wanted to find ways to ensure that part of the celebrations also recognizes them and helps them,” Fletcher added.

(With AFP)

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