The 19 funniest royal baby jokes

By Conor Hallahan

"It's a boy," they said, and with that, the waiting was over.

The royal heir made his way into the world yesterday, to be greeted with joy from proud parents and immediate family; immense relief from a press pack clinging on to reality by their fingernails; 'euphoria' from the crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace (copyright: Sky News) and a giant 'WHO CARES' from thousands of people who stayed up into the wee hours writing stuff on the internet to show how little they were bothered.

As expected, the online jape-merchants were in full form before and after the royal birth - in fairness, they had nine months to polish their material - and Twitter was abuzz with puns and gags, some of them even funny.

Here's our roundup of the 19 Funniest Royal Baby Jokes, from Twitter and beyond.

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1. EVEN BEFORE THE BIRTH, THINGS WERE GETTING SURREAL

With Kate in labour and the world's press embedded outside the Lindo Wing, the strain was beginning to tell. It was left to Simon McCoy of the BBC to say what everybody was thinking.

(Nigel Fletcher via YouTube)



2. COMETH THE HOUR, COMETH THE TWEETS

For the wonderful Elizabeth Windsor parody account, everything up to this has been a dress rehearsal. Her loyal subjects were not disappointed.



3. IT WAS COMEDY GOLD

Every comic writer and comedian on the planet dusted off their 'royal baby' material and went out to face the mob.



4. FRANKIE HAD A FIELD DAY

The World's Most Ascerbic Scot had plenty to say in the runup to royal sprog-popping.

But curiously kept his counsel after the fact...



5. WE ALL WONDERED…

Rumours that Pippa was locked in Kensington Palace for the duration with a Game of Thrones box set and a family pack of Doritos have not been confirmed.



6. IT'S A BOY!

Finally, at 8.31pm last night, came the announcement the world had been waiting for.

You had to feel for Kay Burley. Running the world's longest vox pop marathon for the entire day and then THIS GUY takes the wind out of her sails.



7. YOU HAD ONE JOB, CNN SCREENCAP GUY

And the medal for Unfortunate Caption Juxtaposition Of The Day goes to…



8. THAT WAS QUICK

As the congratulations poured in from around the globe, it was another royal couple that stole the limelight.

(WaltDisneyStudiosUK via YouTube)



9. NO, NOT THEM



10. AND WE'RE BACK TO THE QUEEN

Job. Done.



11. THERE WAS A LOT OF THIS

Ah yes. The Lion King meme.



12. STOP ME IF YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE



13. ACTUALLY, JUST STOP IT



14. NOW THAT'S JUST MEAN



15. CIAN HEALY

Not normally known for his views on the UK monarchy, the Leinster and Ireland prop surprised us all with a touching paen to the joys of new motherhood and the journey that awaits the family Windsor.

No, wait… this is Cian Healy we're talking about.

Although he did redeem himself with this 'aww' moment a bit later.



16. WHAT WILL THEY CALL IT?

After the birth, next comes speculation about the name.



17. THE FRONT PAGES

Predictably, this morning's UK press went into royal baby overdrive, none more so than The Sun.



18. EVEN THE JOKE ONES…

Private Eye. Home of biting satire since… (look it up yourself, we're in a hurry)



19 BUT THE AWARD GOES TO…

Dublin's very own Metro Herald freesheet, which takes the honours for the best front page AND the funniest royal baby joke.


Chapeau, lads.

Chapeau.

Now let's never mention any of this again.

*Goes for a lie-down*

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