Baby fever has crossed the ocean from Buckingham Palace to downtown Marietta after Britain’s royal couple announced the birth of their son Monday.
For days, Tina Barnes, owner of the British store The Corner Shop at 114 S. Park Square near the corner of Winters Street said residents who work downtown have been stopping by for updates.
Now that the new prince is born, customers are calling to congratulate Barnes.
In the next couple of weeks, Barnes said she expects to get a shipment of commemorative items, such as official royal china, tea towels, collector spoons and coffee mugs.
Barnes said it’s rumored Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, might name their son Spencer — Princess Diana’s maiden name.
“I think that would be wonderful. That would honor her,” Barnes said.
Barnes, 38, was born and raised on the island of Holyhead, off the coast of North Wales.
At the age of 21, Barnes joined the Au Pair in America program and came to Marietta to live with a family for a year.
Five years ago, Barnes became a United States citizen and moved her mother, Yvonne, 59, from England to live with her in Georgia.
Barnes said her mother watched the news all day waiting for updates on the royal baby.
Although Barnes’ mother swears she did not cry, Barnes said she knows it brought back memories for her mother of being in England during similar festivities after the births of Prince William and Prince Harry.
This latest addition to the royal family is another moment in a long line of recent celebrations, including 2012’s Summer Olympics in London, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and British cyclists winning the Tour de France two years in a row.
Home away from Home
In 2009, Barnes realized the American dream of opening a small business, The Corner Shop.
Specializing in British groceries and gifts, the store allows Barnes to reminisce on her childhood spent in the United Kingdom.
Fellow British expatriates stop in regularly to find food items unique to their country, like bangers (sausage), crisps (potato chips), biscuits (cookies) and Cadbury chocolates.
“A lot of people stop by for a cup of tea and a little bit of memory lane,” Barnes said.
Most American shoppers buy souvenir items that represent a certain aspect of English life, Barnes said.
Tuesday, Kristi Poole, who lives in Marietta, stopped by The Corner Shop for a small item. But Poole’s real shopping list was a bunch of questions for Barnes.
Poole’s grandfather died while serving in World War II and is buried in Cambridge.
Poole’s parents will be traveling to England to visit his gravesite for the first time, so she enlisted Barnes’ advice as an amateur overseas travel guide.