Commemorative bears given to North East babies born the same day as the newest royal

Babies born at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) on the same day as the latest royal addition have been given commemorative teddy bears to mark the occasion.

As the nation eagerly awaited the birth of the latest little royal, many prospective parents have been counting down to the arrival of their own tiny prince or princess.

To celebrate this historic occasion, and the special birthday shared by newborns across the country, Build-A-Bear has delivered 1,000 bears to Royal hospitals, chosen for their highly-commended maternity facilities.

All babies born at the RVI on the same day as the new royal will receive a teddy wearing a commemorative t shirt as well as a special birth certificate marking their noble nature and their “birth” alongside their new owners.

The remaining bears will be given to infants being cared for in the neonatal unit and those born at the hospital in the coming days.


Midwifery staff at the RVI's Newcastle Birthing Centre with some of the very special Royal Build a Bears – midwives Gill Laing, Emma Carroll, and midwifery students Yolande Causebrook and Alix Bungay.

Roger Parry, senior managing director for Build-A-Bear Workshop in Europe, said: “We love birthdays at Build-A-Bear, and we know the anticipation of a royal baby causes a wave of excitement worldwide.

“We wanted to share the excitement with parents of new babies all over the UK by giving them special bear hugs to commemorate such a special day.”

Elaine Blair, Associate Director of Midwifery at Newcastle Hospitals, said: “Every new-born baby is, of course, special, but everyone has been talking about the new royal baby.

“This is a lovely gesture by Build-A-Bear and I’m sure the teddy bears are something that these little ones will treasure for a lifetime.” 

And some of our Royal Victoria Infirmary bears went to:

Elijah was born at 19:19 hours weighing in a healthy 8lbs 11oz on Sunday 6th May to Rebecca Stone from South West Denton in Newcastle. Elijah is a new little brother to three year old Isaac who came to visit him on the ward.

Proud parents Louise and Tonii Young from Jarrow welcomed their daughter Hallie who weighed in at 6lbs 7ozs at 15:35 hours. Tonii, who is a regular visitor to the RVI as a patient herself said she is so well looked after there, she and her wife Louise wouldn’t choose anywhere else for their baby to be born.

Little Benjamin Baez was born at 15:52 hours to doting parents Sharon and David. When ready to leave hospital, Benjamin will join his older twin siblings Daniel and Belinda who are 5 and a half, at home in Benton, North Tyneside.

Thomena Aziz and her husband from High Heaton in Newcastle welcomed their son a little earlier than expected. Born at 17:04 hours at 6lbs 2ozs, their bundle of joy has something in common with the newest royal arrival – his parents haven’t announced his name yet!

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