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Carlisle poet's verse dedicated to new Royal baby

Poetry is not something usually written to a deadline.

Howard Laws poet photo
Howard Laws

But Carlisle man Howard Laws rose to a challenge set to him by the News & Star.

A 76-year-old amateur poet, he had no plans to write verse dedicated to the new royal baby.

But after he was contacted by this newspaper on Monday, he crafted a poem as he watched events around the Royal birth unfold on the news channels.

It is entitled Royal Delight 22/07/13 (A King is Born).

“You asked me to have a go and I wasn’t really sure,” he said.

“But I though ‘this is a challenge’ and I know a few facts, like the hospital’s name.”

He crafted the poem as events unfolded and it talks about everything from Princess Catherine’s long labour, to the display of a bulletin on an easel and the details of the baby’s weight.

Mr Laws, who lives on Moorside Drive, Carleton Grange, has written poetry on a number of subjects.

Last year he composed pieces celebrating the Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, receiving thank you letters from Buckingham Palace and Lord Coe.

He is unsure as to whether he will send this piece of work to the Duke and Duchess of Cuambridge.

“I may wait and see what develops in the press,” he joked.

However, he says that while he supports the monarchy he is not a “stong royalist”.

Mr Laws started writing poetry when he worked at the Ministry of Agriculture in Carlisle.

Often he would compose verse for staff who were leaving. This then developed into a hobby.

Mr Laws was born in Carlisle and attended Crighton School. After two years of National Service in Germany with the RAF, he returned to the Border City.

He has had four books published since 1993, and is considering producing a fifth.

The poem... Royal Delight (22/07/13): A King is Born

An early morning drive into Lindo Wing,

Brought both Prince William and his young wife Kate

To St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington,

For a prolonged visit and a patient wait.


Outside, an international crowd had gathered

While this nation waited – and the baby too

Unaware it will be third in succession,

But would it be swathed in pink or swathed in blue?


Prince Charles, on a royal visit to York,

Seemed pleased anticipating grandfatherhood,

While receiving good wishes from everyone around

Enjoying his visit, in a jubilant mood.


The Queen had a hope the birth would occur

Before visiting her estate, in Balmoral,

But this first born was pulling all the strings,

With which, not even a Queen would wish to quarrel!


As the sun was slowly setting in the sky

And when the clock was showing, half past eight,

The news of a baby boy

Brought an end to the wonder and the wait.


Just inside the railings at Buckingham Palace,

A bulletin on an easel was displayed

Announcing the birth, at four twenty four p.m,

As another piece of history was made.

The arrival of this eight pounds, six ounce infant

Has created widespread joy and celebration.

We all wish his parents, and our future King

God’s Speed, from every corner of the nation.



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