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“It feels a lot like a Christmas present for the nation!” said Ravian Van Den Hil, 26, a student from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. “It makes me feel quite happy.”

Others wondered why Britain continues to spend so much supporting the royal family. “I don’t think it’s a good thing,” said Stephen Jowitt, 63, as he strolled down Camden High Street. “It reinforces a class system.”

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Associated Press writers Jill Lawless, Paisley Dodds, Danica Kirka and AP Medical Writer Maria Cheng contributed to this report.