ROYAL baby fever has gripped Thurrock after William and Kate announced the birth of their son this week.

The borough rejoiced in the news that the Prince of Cambridge was delivered safely on Monday – and one group in Thurrock is helping new mothers, like Kate Middleton, and their baby with their development.

Baby Sensory runs classes in West Tilbury and Grays and will be holding a special 'Royal Baby' Session this Saturday at Kiddicare Lakeside.

The class will be broken into two sessions – from birth to six months between 10.45am and 11.30pm and seven months to 13 months between 9.30am and 10.15am.

Parents and their babies will enjoy a baby friendly version of the Royal Gun salute, bunting made from chiffon scarves, a world celebration and the Westminster Bells.

The session, created specifically for the Royal arrival, was thought of by franchisee Samantha Munro and she says she is hopeful of a good turnout.

“The timing of the Royal Baby’s birth couldn’t have been better for us. Everyone is talking about it and it has really brought the country together again.

“We will be signing a card for Kate and sending her a free invitation to one of our classes.”

The people of Grays also got in the Royal spirit with residents proclaiming their delight the new prince had been born.

Valerie Lazelle, 51, of Cornwell Crescent, Corringham, said she was pleased the baby had finally been born.

She said: “I have been very interested in the developments and when the news was announced everyone was clearly very happy.

"It is refreshing and it is nice to be a part of it. I think if the baby had been a girl then Diana would have featured somewhere in her name but as it is I like George.

“I wish them all the best in the future.”

Erin Allred is an American studying in the UK and said the Royal family is hugely popular in the States.

He added: “We love the Monarchy and the way they rule. For us a story about a princess is nothing more than a fairytale, but over here it is reality and that is so special. I am very excited to see the prince grow up.”