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May to break U.K. royal birth custom

AFP-JIJI

British Home Secretary Theresa May on Tuesday laughed off suggestions she was needed at the imminent royal birth, saying the custom of making sure the “baby hadn’t been smuggled in” no longer exists.

“Until relatively recently there was a convention that home secretaries attended royal births. I understand this happened with her majesty the queen,” he said.

“Do you have any plans to visit the Lindo Wing any time soon, following this convention?” asked lawmaker Michael Ellis

May countered that the centuries-old custom no longer exists. “It is no longer the case that the H.S. is required to attend a royal birth, but I suspect Mr. Ellis, with your royal connections, you might have more information about these things than I do,” she said.