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Pictures and podcasts: royal fans old and new await Baby Sussex

Updated : April 17, 2019 09:02 AM IST

In Ryan Hatrick's London kitchen, Prince William and his wife Kate smile from lined up royal-themed mugs, a magnet of Queen Elizabeth stick to the oven, and a tea towel marking Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle hangs nearby.

Books about the British royal family lie on the table around which the 41-year-old's labrador, named Windsor, plays with his favourite toy - a squeaky crown.

Hatrick has long been a royal fan - he remembers his mother looking for somewhere to watch Prince Charles marry Diana Spencer while on holiday in a remote seaside cottage in 1981 and avidly read about Tudor monarchs as a teenager.

From Boston to Karachi, Britain's royal family draws fans around the world, eagerly following special occasions, their outings, and in the cases of Kate and Meghan, their outfits.

They collect memorabilia, travel to see the royals in public or follow their news from afar. In an age of social media, new types of fans have created Facebook pages, Instagram accounts and broadcast podcasts to global audiences.

When Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their first child, launched their @sussexroyal Instagram handle on April 2, the account broke the record for the fastest time to get one million followers on the platform, hitting the number in five hours and 45 minutes, according to Guinness World Records.

William, Kate and their children, Harry and Meghan, have particularly generated social media buzz. Websites, blogs and Instagram accounts have sprouted in their honour.

Royal fan Margaret Tyler poses inside her home, which is adorned with thousands of pieces of Royal Family memorabilia, in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
Royal fan Margaret Tyler poses inside her home, which is adorned with thousands of pieces of Royal Family memorabilia, in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
British retiree Margaret Tyler has garnered her own press attention for her royal dedication. Her London home is filled with plates, cups, pictures, dolls and life-size cardboard cut-outs of the queen and other royals, in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
British retiree Margaret Tyler has garnered her own press attention for her royal dedication. Her London home is filled with plates, cups, pictures, dolls and life-size cardboard cut-outs of the queen and other royals, in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
Royal Family memorabilia can be seen inside the home of Royal fan Margaret Tyler, in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
Royal Family memorabilia can be seen inside the home of Royal fan Margaret Tyler, in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
Royal fan Margaret Tyler looks at the Royal Family memorabilia, in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
Royal fan Margaret Tyler looks at the Royal Family memorabilia, in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
Royal Family memorabilia can be seen inside the home of Royal fan Margaret Tyler, in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
Royal Family memorabilia can be seen inside the home of Royal fan Margaret Tyler, in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
Statues of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and other Royal Family memorabilia can be seen inside the home of Royal fan Margaret Tyler, in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
Statues of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and other Royal Family memorabilia can be seen inside the home of Royal fan Margaret Tyler, in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
Royal fan Margaret Tyler poses outside of her home, which is decorated with Royal Family memorabilia, in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
Royal fan Margaret Tyler poses outside of her home, which is decorated with Royal Family memorabilia, in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
Royal fan Margaret Tyler poses outside of her home in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
Royal fan Margaret Tyler poses outside of her home in north London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files
Ala' Mashharawi, a Jordanian fan of Princess Meghan poses in front of a screen showing a Facebook fan page dedicated to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at his office in Amman, Jordan, April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed/Files
Ala' Mashharawi, a Jordanian fan of Princess Meghan poses in front of a screen showing a Facebook fan page dedicated to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at his office in Amman, Jordan, April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed/Files
Mah Jabeen, 36, who runs a Meghan Markle fan page, is seen working on computer during an interview with Reuters, ahead of the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan's first baby, in Karachi, Pakistan April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro/Files
Mah Jabeen, 36, who runs a Meghan Markle fan page, is seen working on computer during an interview with Reuters, ahead of the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan's first baby, in Karachi, Pakistan April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro/Files
Ala' Mashharawi, a Jordanian fan of Princess Meghan works at social media fan pages dedicated to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at his office in Amman, Jordan, April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed/Files
Ala' Mashharawi, a Jordanian fan of Princess Meghan works at social media fan pages dedicated to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at his office in Amman, Jordan, April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed/Files
People watch the Royal wedding on tv during a Harry and Meghan wedding party thrown by Ryan Hatrick (R) at the Railway Pub in London, Britain May 19, 2018. Ryan Hatrick/via REUTERS/Files
People watch the Royal wedding on tv during a Harry and Meghan wedding party thrown by Ryan Hatrick (R) at the Railway Pub in London, Britain May 19, 2018. Ryan Hatrick/via REUTERS/Files
Royal fan Ryan Hatrick speaks to Reuters during an interview at his home in London, Britain, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Marie-Louise Gumuchian/Files
Royal fan Ryan Hatrick speaks to Reuters during an interview at his home in London, Britain, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Marie-Louise Gumuchian/Files
Ryan Hatrick with fiance Andrew Owen cut a cake during a Harry and Meghan wedding party at the Railway Pub in London, Britain May 19, 2018. Ryan Hatrick/via REUTERS/Files
Ryan Hatrick with fiance Andrew Owen cut a cake during a Harry and Meghan wedding party at the Railway Pub in London, Britain May 19, 2018. Ryan Hatrick/via REUTERS/Files
Ryan Hatrick toasts during a Harry and Meghan wedding party at the Railway Pub in London, Britain May 19, 2018. Ryan Hatrick/via REUTERS/Files
Ryan Hatrick toasts during a Harry and Meghan wedding party at the Railway Pub in London, Britain May 19, 2018. Ryan Hatrick/via REUTERS/Files
Mah Jabeen, 36, who runs a Meghan Markle fan page, gestures during an interview with Reuters, ahead of the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan's first baby, in Karachi, Pakistan April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro/Files
Mah Jabeen, 36, who runs a Meghan Markle fan page, gestures during an interview with Reuters, ahead of the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan's first baby, in Karachi, Pakistan April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro/Files
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