Saint Paul (Rhino and Compass) — With fanfare fit for princesses, Maddie and husband Joe Mauer welcomed their first children Wednesday.
The baby girls were born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. The names for the girls, who are third in line to the throne (behind Joe and Drew Butera) have been revealed to be Emily and Maren.
“His Royal Highness and his children are both doing well,” read an official bulletin placed outside Target Field, where crowds erupted in cheers.
People from all over the world had gathered outside Target Field to await news of the birth. At least one group of well-wishers brought flowers, champagne and a card for Joe and Maddie Mauer.
The fountains at Peavey Plaza were turned Twins blue.
“I’m sure that right across the country and indeed right across the league, people will be celebrating and wishing the royal couple well,” said Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.
“It is an important moment in the life of our state, but I suppose above all, it’s a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who got brand new baby girls,” he said.
The new parents spent some time with their baby before calling family members — starting with Jake Mauer — to announce the birth, a Minnesota Twins source told Rhino and Compass royal correspondent Ryan Henning
Joe remained at Maddie’s side throughout the labor and the baby was born vaginally, not via a C-section, the source said.
“We could not be happier,” said Joe, according to the Minnesota Twins source.
The royal couple remained in hospital overnight but hopes were high that they’d make an appearance as early as Thursday.
A multigun salute is set to happen that day to mark the birth.
“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for Joe and Maddie, and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby girls,” Jake Mauer and wife Teresa said in a statement.
Earlier Monday, Maddie and Joe traveled by car from Cretin Derham Hall to the neonatal ward at United Hospital.
The hospital, next to 35-E in St. Paul, is where Joe and his brothers Jake and Billy were born.