Following Kensington Palace’s confirmation that Kate Middleton had successfully delivered a baby boy at 6 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on April 23—the new prince weighs 8 lbs. 7 oz. and both he and his mom are healthy—the fake Queen Elizabeth II rode past the crowds gathered outside St. Mary’s Hospital in a black cab.
The prank was apparently a hit among those waiting for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first public appearance with their new son. “Wax model of Queen put inside a black cab and drives past hospital,” TVNZ reporter Joy Reid tweeted. “Crowds find it very funny.”
And for those who weren’t able to catch the drive-by in real time, the humorous moment was soon available to watch on repeat in GIF-form. “I think @AdrienneVogt just won #RoyalBaby day with this GIF of a prankster driving a fake Queen past the Lindo Wing,” quipped NBC News’ Fiona Day.
See some of the reactions below.
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