How London Will Honor the Arrival of Baby Sussex

Londoners and the rest of the world wait with bated breath as Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is set to give birth to her and Prince Harry’s first child, Baby Sussex, any day now. The newest addition to the royal family will be celebrated in a special way in London. Ahead, learn how England’s capital will mark the arrival of Baby Sussex.

The London Eye will have special colors in honor of Baby Sussex

The London Eye, the city’s landmark Ferris wheel, will light up red, white, and blue when Baby Sussex is born, honoring both Markle’s American roots and Prince Harry’s. Call it convenient that both their home countries use the same colors on their flags.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at We Day in March 2019.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage at We Day UK at SSE Arena on March 06, 2019 in London, England. | Jo Hale/Redferns

No doubt there will be souvenirs commemorating the birth of Baby Sussex but the landmark changing colors is akin to the Empire State Building in New York City showing off Britain’s Union Jack flag.

The London Eye’s congratulatory message shows just how much England and the United Kingdom have embraced Markle as part of the royal family. Changing the lights is a pretty cool gesture showing just how much the people love Prince Harry, Markle, Baby Sussex, and the royal family as a whole.

About the London Eye

The London Eye, the city’s landmark Ferris wheel overlooking the River Thames and the city of London is a major tourist attraction.

London Eye
The London Eye| Paul Gilham/Getty Images

It’s the world’s largest observation wheel of its kind, according to the attraction’s official website. Installed in 2000 as a temporary structure, the London Eye became a permanent fixture on the Thames after receiving millions of visitors annually.

Now, the Ferris wheel is the “most popular paid for visitor attraction” in the United Kingdom and a mainstay on any London tourist’s list of must-see attractions.  

The London Eye has celebrated royal births before

Markle and Prince Harry aren’t getting the royal treatment on this one even though they are royals. Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their third child, Prince Louis, last April and the London Eye shined bright in red, white, and blue lights then too.

London Eye in 2018 after birth of Prince Louis.
The London Eye is illuminated red, white and blue to show support for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they welcome their new baby son on April 23, 2018, in London, England. | John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images

Another landmark celebrated, London’s iconic Tower Bridge lit up blue in honor of Prince Louis. Toronto showed Prince George some love in 2013 after Middleton gave birth to him by lighting up the CN tower with blue lights.

Queen Elizabeth II visited Markle and Prince Harry ahead of birth

Queen Elizabeth II reportedly visited Prince Harry and Markle over Easter weekend, at their newly renovated home, Frogmore Cottage, to check in on the couple.

“Her Majesty wanted to formally welcome the Sussexes to their new home so she was their first visitor. She visited with other family members and Harry and Meghan were delighted to show them round,” a source told The Sun. “The Queen was at Windsor Castle at Easter and wanted to see Meghan before she has the baby,” they added.

Frogmore Cottage and Frogmore House are significant to Prince Harry and Markle. Engagement photos for the couple were taken at Frogmore House and it’s also where the couple held their wedding reception. The cottage is a smaller residence on the property formerly staff housing made up of five units, according to Emily Andrews, royal correspondent for The Sun.