Royal Baby's Cash Value: $376M
New heir to bring in more cash than his dad did
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 4, 2013 8:00 AM CDT
Updated Jul 4, 2013 8:35 AM CDT
Britain's Prince William stands next to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

(Newser) – You can't put a price on the birth of a child—unless you're the British economy, and the child is an heir to the throne. The royal baby, due in July, will bring some $376 million into Britain's retail coffers, according to a Center for Retail Research report. That's thanks to all the baby-related stuff hitting the shops, from "Pitter Patter" nail polish to royal baby showers for non-royal moms. Meanwhile, the Middleton family company, Party Pieces, is selling a new baby range.

"We didn’t experience such excitement when William was born in 1982 and certainly not when Prince Charles was born in 1948," says the editor of Majesty magazine. The CRR's director predicts that Britons "will spend three or four times" what they spent at Princes William and Harry's births. In addition to the souvenirs, there's tourism—not to mention the celebratory booze: The organization expects Brits to shell out an extra $94 million on it, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

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Jul 5, 2013 10:13 PM CDT
Excellent! How many babies do they have to have to get us out of debt? Sounds like a good investment to me! How much for a baby by the Obamas? We haven't talked about that kind of contribution to debt relief.
Jul 4, 2013 11:19 PM CDT
Just another lie told by the "royal" family to continue to convince stupid people there is anything special about them. Bunch of inbred scum.
Jul 4, 2013 10:13 AM CDT
I've had long time stays in two parliamentary countries and two republics. If America was a truly democratic country, perhaps I would admire it, but the power given to the President is way too much, and, to me, is not too much different from a dictatorship as all major decisions come from the White House. The UK royals have absolutely no decision making powers, same with most of the European royal families, and that's the way I prefer it. Americans don't get it that they give the same adoration to movie stars and politicians that some Brits give to the Royals, and when you have a so-so actor who becomes president, then you've really got a problem.