George Alexander Louis: Growing British GDP Personified

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Hayley Simmonds, an employee at the British restaurant and grocery Tea & Sympathy, hangs a sign in the window celebrating the birth of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William’s first child on July 22, 2013 in New York City.

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, was in Washington last night celebrating the birth of George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

British Ambassador Peter Westmacott, host of the reception, joked that it was pegged to the release of the British economy’s growth figures. He then gave a champagne toast welcoming the first son of Prince William and the former Kate Middleton.

 Lagarde chatted with guests including former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, who’s stepping down in September. They were served Yorkshire pudding and British cheeses on the terrace of the ambassador’s residence.

Inside was a cake bearing the baby prince’s title. Nearby, a photo collage of the royal family with a picture of the Duke of Cambridge and his mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Benjamin Chang, a senior vice president with Albright Stonebridge Group, wore a Union Jack belt.

Stephanie Green is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and entertainment section of Bloomberg News. For more on the Washington social scene, see the full report at Muse. 

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