July 23, 2013 1:10 AM
The royal baby is born! Prince William and Kate Middleton have welcomed their first child, a son, and now the world is waiting on baited breath to see what they decided to call their firstborn. The Queen wants a queen! Dame Helen Mirren is the latest star to discuss the royal baby as the world waits for Kate Middleton to give birth. The 67-year-old, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, admitted that she would have a hard time adjusting to the pressure and attention that the Duchess of Cambridge faces, especially during her pregnancy. In London, the royal birth is a tale of two cities ? a moment of history unfolding amid the frenzy of daily urban life. Outside the London hospital where Prince William's wife, Kate, was in labor, Londoners slowed their daily rush on a scorching summer day to take a quick picture and wonder at the vast media throng, then moved on. Two miles away at Buckingham Palace, the news seemed more momentous, an extra jolt of history to the royal pomp and pageantry that attracts tourists in their thousands each day. They may no longer wield political power, but Britain's royals are unsurpassed as celebrities and cultural icons.