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Gaelyn McGregor ushered in the birth of Prince George Alexander Louis with a royal baby shower.

The Charleswood resident, who is also a highland dance teacher, threw a tea party on Aug. 10 with her royal family-obsessed friends and senior highland dance students in honour of the new prince, who was born on July 22. The invitations said hats and fascinators were optional, but a bottle of baby food each was mandatory.

"In lieu of (baby shower) gifts, we thought it would be a great idea to have people bring baby food for Winnipeg Harvest," McGregor said.

McGregor and the other women donated about 57 pounds of baby food to Winnipeg Harvest’s Hunger for Hope program which is dedicated to ending child hunger in Manitoba.

According to the Winnipeg Harvest website, about 1,600 infants "require emergency baby formula from Winnipeg Harvest each month."

The idea for this royal baby shower began on Apr. 29, 2011 when McGregor’s dance students and their mothers came over to her house to watch the royal wedding. They said that once Prince William and Kate Middleton had a baby, they’d throw a royal baby shower.

"We had lots of decorations with the British flag. My husband loved it because he is English," McGregor said with a chuckle.

Present at the baby shower were typical British snacks, such as cucumber sandwiches, crumpets, scones, berries and clotted cream, and plenty of tea, followed by a toast to the new prince.

McGregor has always been a follower of the royal family, especially Princess Diana, because she was relatable.

"Diana was the one that really made it a little bit more tangible, being the same age as me," McGregor said.

For more information about Winnipeg Harvest’s Hunger for Hope program, visit hungerforhope.org

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