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Overseas Health Insurance News: British expats celebrate arrival of royal baby

Living away from home can be tough, but there are always national events that bring expatriates together and unite them with their fellow citizens across the world.

The most recent of these has been the arrival of the royal baby, which has been met with excitement across the globe.

Kate and William are yet to name the heir to the throne, but much has already been done to mark the birth.

Landmarks as far and wide as the Tower of London and Niagara Falls have been lit up with blue light after the announcement that the baby is a boy.

For three months women from the British Club of Singapore have been stitching a quilt for the new prince, which is to be sent to St James's Palace along with a card and letter.

Represented by sailboats on the quilt, the expats of the island nation are hoping to invoke Britain's maritime history in the gift.

Maggie Ashman, convener of the British Club's Craft Section Ladies, told Channel News Asia: "Because we didn't know the sex of the baby, we decided to make two quilts – one for a boy and one for a girl. And when we made the quilts, we wanted to choose fabrics that reflected Singapore and its history."

The girl's quilt will now be put into a raffle with all the proceeds going to charity.

Meanwhile in New York expats have joined with locals to celebrate the arrival with balloon and cupcake sellers noticing a marked increase in baby-themed purchases.

Both Sprinkles Cupcakes and the Magnolia Bakery have released cake designs featuring booties, crowns and "It's a boy" slogans, which are proving very popular.

In Redcliffe, Australia a little shop called Teddies 'n' Sweets sells all things British as it is owned by expat Anna Connor.

She put up a chalk board announcing the news of the birth to the locals, reminiscent of the sign outside Buckingham Palace.

The shop is well stocked to help everyone celebrate the arrival, but extra special items are being shipped from the UK.

On August 6th it will host a high tea in honour of the prince, where expats will be able to come and toast the newest member of the royal family together.

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